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Top 10: Most Popular 2022 Adventures for Solo Women

Posted on 1/12/2021 12:00:00 AM in The Buzz

On our most popular 2022 adventure for solo women, we’ll make connections with local village women of the Hwange community during our A Day in the Life experience.

We have more than 7,800 solo travelers on the books for 2022, either on their own or with a friend. This intrepid group of travelers, 85% of whom are women, are the heart and soul of O.A.T. To give even more solo travelers the opportunity to join us in their own room—without a single supplement—we’ve increased our solo space by 76% over 2019. Read on to see what that means for 10 of our most popular journeys, and view our most popular independent film for travelers interested in each.

Wherever you dream of traveling next, you can reserve with confidence with our Risk-Free Booking Policy: For any reservation made by 12/31/21, you can transfer to another departure date for any reason—up until 24 hours prior to your original departure—and we will waive any change fees for 2021 and 2022 reservations.

1. Ultimate Africa: Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari—17-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Our most popular independent film: African Air


Solo travelers for 2022: 343 | FREE single space increased over 2019: 93% | Single spaces available: 169

Optional extensions: Pre-trip: Karongwe Private Game Reserve: Quest for Southern Africa's Big 5—4 nights; Post-trip: Cape Town & the Cape of Good Hope—4 nights

Majestic elephants congregate around a waterhole in the depths of the wilderness ... members of a village near Hwange National Park welcome your small group ... the spray of Victoria Falls roars in the distance ... you and your travel companions exchange stories around a fire under a star-filled African sky. In the morning, you wake to the birdsong emanating from nearby trees—and begin another day on the safari of your dreams. From world-famous Chobe National Park to the majestic Okavango Delta, and big game to local cultures—this safari has it all.

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2. Morocco Sahara Odyssey—16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Our most popular independent film: Old Meets New in Morocco’s Red City


Solo travelers for 2022: 354 | FREE single space increased over 2019: 41% | Single spaces available: 246

Optional extensions: Pre-trip: Northern Morocco: Chefchaouen, Tangier & the Berbers of the Rif—5 nights; Post-trip: The Atlantic Coast: Artistic Essaouira & Casablanca—5 nights

Morocco travel enthralls even the most experienced adventurer. Tradition infuses its labyrinthine medinas, overflowing with centuries-old customs and the colorful bounty of the Earth. Village oases seem to rise from the desert, mirage-like. And the mighty Sahara, a timeless sea of sand, stretches to infinity. During this comprehensive adventure, we’ll truly get to know the people of Morocco, experience their traditions, and taste the secrets of their flavorful cuisine. We'll cross paths with nomads in remote stretches of desert, be welcomed in by locals for home-cooked meals and unforgettable conversation, and enjoy lively interactions with local Moroccans. Plus, we'll discover the beauty of Moroccan architecture—including a visit to Casablanca's remarkable Hassan II Mosque.

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3. Japan's Cultural Treasures—15-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Our most popular independent film: The Contemporary and the Ancient


Solo travelers for 2022: 258 | FREE single space increased over 2019: 116% | Single spaces available: 206

Optional extensions: Pre-trip: Tokyo: Ancient & Modern Traditions—3 nights; Post-trip: Hiroshima: City of Peace—3 nights

Travel to Japan with O.A.T. and discover the country you’ve always dreamed of. Discover an Asian land both modern and ancient … where a colorful Shinto festival snakes past neon lights and Tokyo skyscrapers … a modern bullet train speeds past a farmer tending his rice paddies … a well-dressed businessman stops in a Buddhist temple to light incense … and majestic Mount Fuji provides an iconic backdrop for Hakone, where locals and travelers alike relax in volcanic hot springs. Our small group allows us to get an intimate glimpse of Japan's distinct culture, which we'll experience alongside the people that know it best—the locals.

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4. Sicily's Ancient Landscapes & Timeless Traditions—16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Our most popular independent film: Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Sicily


Solo travelers for 2022: 261 | FREE single space increased over 2019: 89% | Single spaces available: 391

Optional extensions: Pre-trip: Puglia: Italy's Undiscovered Heel—5 nights; Post-trip: Calabria: Southern Italy’s Hidden Heartland—5 nights

On this Sicily travel experience, you'll discover an Italian island with more than 3,000 years of history. Once home to a Greek colony, a Roman province, an Arab emirate, a Norman kingdom, and more, traces of ancient conquerors can still be found in Sicily’s well-preserved ruins, elegant architecture, and gastronomic delights. And thanks to our expert Trip Experience Leader and small group size—just 8-16 travelers, with an average of 13—you can go behind the scenes and off the beaten path, where you’ll discover authentic cultural experiences with the friendly, fiercely-proud Sicilian people.

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5. Enhanced! Crossroads of the Adriatic: Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Slovenia—18-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Our most popular independent film: Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast


Solo travelers for 2022: 236 | FREE single space increased over 2019: 90% | Single spaces available: 214

Optional extensions: Pre-trip: Albania: Undiscovered Balkans—5 nights; Post-trip: Serbia: Novi Sad & Belgrade—4 nights

On this adventure, journey to the countries of Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Slovenia—southeastern Europe’s multicultural lands of forgotten beauty. Discover the heritage of the Balkans while witnessing stunning coastal scenery, exploring ancient walled cities, and experiencing the pride and resilience of the people of these re-emerging nations. Because we travel in a small group, we'll get to engage with locals in each country we visit and learn about their current lives, thoughts on Tito’s legacy, and wartime experiences—and discover how varied ethnic identities and traditions have often led to differing views about the events of the complicated breakup of Yugoslavia.

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6. New! Scotland Revealed: Legends, Lochs & Highland Landscapes—15-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Our most popular independent film: Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Edinburgh & Scotland


Solo travelers for 2022: 199 | FREE single space increased over 2019: 89% | Single spaces available: 128

Optional extensions: Pre-trip: Inverness and the Gaelic Island Culture of the Scottish Hebrides: Skye, Lewis & Harris—6 nights; Post-trip: Dramatic Landscapes of North Wales & Liverpool, England—6 nights; Post-trip: The Remote Shetlands: Wildlife, Nature & Time-Honored Traditions—6 nights

Rolling hills dotted with castles and churches overlook picturesque lochs ... winding cobbled streets hug stacks of stone buildings ... unspoiled Isles reveal secluded beaches and verdant pastures ... these settings have provided the background for Scotland's rich history, which is the stuff of legends. It's here that the Protestant Reformation changed the religious landscape of the country; where the beloved sport of golf originated; and where kings and queens shaped Scotland's politics. As we trace the coast of Scotland all the way down to its capital city, we'll get an intimate glimpse into the country's past, and we'll meet the warm, inviting locals that call Scotland home along the way.

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7. Enhanced! The Baltic Capitals & St. Petersburg—16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Our most popular independent film: Great Railway Journeys of Europe: Budapest to Warsaw


Solo travelers for 2022: 196 | FREE single space increased over 2019: 144% | Single spaces available: 142

Optional extensions: Pre-trip: Poland: Krakow, Auschwitz & Warsaw—5 nights; Post-trip: Russian Capitals: St. Petersburg & Moscow—5 nights

Few regions possess a more turbulent history than Russia and the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. After countless wars, occupations—even a “singing” revolution—these countries have re-emerged to reveal their splendor to the world. Immerse yourself in these destinations through NEW features, such as a visit to the Cold War museum coupled with a conversation about the tumultuous time, exploring the grounds where the “Singing Revolution” took place, and admiring Latvia's signature architectural style at the Art Nouveau Museum. Plus, be among the first of our travelers to discover an Estonian village, a NEW Grand Circle Foundation site, where you'll make cross-cultural connections with the local residents during A Day in the Life experience.

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8. New! Tunisia: From the Mediterranean to the Sahara—16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Our most popular independent film: Around the World in 80 Harvests: Tunisia


Solo travelers for 2022: 187 | FREE single space increased over 2019: N/A (NEW adventure) | Single spaces available: 61

Optional extensions: Pre-trip: Untouched Algeria: Algiers & Constantine—6 nights; Post-trip: Timeless Morocco: From the Souks of Marrakesh to Seaside Casablanca—5 nights

Join an O.A.T. small group to discover the mystery and romance of this North African crossroads of history—from the ruins of ancient Carthage to the whispering sands of the Sahara. Here, the Romans left many impressive legacies ... the rulers of desert empires built magnificent mosques ... and Americans forged a special connection during World War II. Today, Tunisian artisans ply their crafts in exotic souks and medinas, where narrow lanes snake between white-domed buildings that gleam in the sun. We'll explore this fascinating land and its surprising diversity in true O.A.T. style, from its rich Mediterranean coast to Saharan oases deep in the interior. Along the way, we'll meet Tunisians in local villages and experience their culture through activities such as Home-Hosted meals under the expert guidance of our resident Trip Experience Leader.

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9. Inside Vietnam—19-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Our most popular independent film: My City: Ho Chi Minh City


Solo travelers for 2022: 170 | FREE single space increased over 2019: Coming soon | Single spaces available: 142

Optional extensions: Pre-trip: Hill Tribes of Vietnam: Overnight Train Journey into Ancient Cultures—6 nights; Post-trip: Cambodia: Angkor Wat & the Legacy of the Ancient Khmer Empire—5 nights

Vietnam is a nation reborn, and we invite you to discover the depth of its beauty while traversing the country from north to south on this comprehensive adventure. Travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, stopping en route to cruise along Halong Bay, explore ancient Hué, witness the idyllic seaside retreat of Nha Trang, experience French-flavored Dalat, and much more. Thanks to our small group size and local Trip Experience Leader, you'll enjoy many personal interactions with the people of Vietnam, from meeting the children of an orphanage or school to spending A Day in the Life of a local village. You’ll even enjoy an overnight cruise on a traditional Vietnamese sailboat in Halong Bay—an intimate experience that’s only possible in a small group like ours.

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10. Egypt & the Eternal Nile by Private, Classic River-Yacht—16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Our most popular independent film: Bare Feet: Egypt: Land of the Nile


Solo travelers for 2022: 610 | FREE single space increased over 2019: 184% | Single spaces available: 207

Optional extensions: Pre-trip: Sacred Landmarks of Israel: Jerusalem, Masada & The Dead Sea—4 nights; Pre-trip: Jordan: The King's Highway from Amman to Petra—5 nights; Post-trip: Alexandria's Glorious Past—5 nights

Ever since Cleopatra and Julius Caesar honeymooned on the Nile, visitors to Egypt have been captivated by the beauty of this life-giving-river with its timeless landscapes and wealth of temples and tombs along its shores. On this adventure, journey back to the days of the pharaohs and experience the romance of the golden age of travel with five nights aboard an elegant private river-yacht—exclusive to our small group of 8-16 travelers—as we slowly drift along the fabled waters of the Nile. Discover ancient Egypt’s enduring legacy, from the treasures of Tutankhamen in Cairo and great temples of Luxor to the remote Valley of the Kings and tranquil enchantment of Aswan. Plus, spend A Day in the Life of Besaw Island, an isolated agricultural community, where you'll get to know a local farmer and enjoy lunch in his family's home.

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