Why am I picking up the cliché?? Aren’t there enough blog posts on this already?
Well the answer is, yes.
There are countless similar posts out there but something which pinched me a little in all the trips I took was the hesitation we as women have in our heads. Hence I decided to write about this hoping that the female travelers would read my experiences and decide to take a trip of their own.
Points I have decided to mention hereafter are the ones which slowly became the foundation of my travels:
- Trust your instincts
Even if mentioned countless times already , nothing is truer than this simple fact.
When you are travelling alone, instinct is your best friend.
If you think it is just for the sake of saying or it won’t be that easy to work up on your intuition; then let me tell you, it is not true. When you are alone; away from the safety zone provided by your friends, family and not in familiar surroundings you learn to make decisions trusting your instinct along with the obvious logic.
Note: One very handy tip is “Try not to arrive at odd timing to the place of your visit.”
- Never hesitate to take help*(*Again, trust your instinct while you do so)
Since I took public transport most of the times during my travels I can’t stress enough on its importance.
GPS and maps are all fine but both of them can and will fail more often than you can think of.
I would ask for directions after every short distance from shopkeepers, traffic policemen, local chai walas and dhaba owners to ensure that I was heading to the right place. For it happened to me a couple of times that the directions I got were either wrong or were partially correct,hence make sure to ask the route multiple times for first couple of kilometers till you start getting repetitive (and possibly )correct directions.
The information I got most of the times was pretty authentic and in addition to this, locals were happy to tell about places to eat and things to see after having a little conversation with them . By all means, it worked as a great travel guide.
You can get lot of information from people and all you have to do is strike a conversation. And it’s really easy, just trust your common sense who to ask questions to and you are good to go.
- You are never really alone if solo
When you travel alone for first time, especially if you are a woman, you can pick a place that’s not too far, or is a well-known travel destination so that your first experience turns out to be a great memory. I read a post on Tripoto which said that solo travelling puts back your faith in the goodness of people and honestly speaking that it is exactly how it is. Travelling solo is a great experience, especially for women. It is liberating!
You get to see everything with a new perspective and it will overwhelm you to find what all of us are capable of doing at an individual level.
- Travel light
Frankly speaking, this is something you will learn on your own that you need only a handful of things for your trip.
Lighter you pack, easier it will be for you to move from one place to another.
- Just do it
Yes, exactly. Like Nike says it !
Do not overthink. Do not let your hesitation fetter your faith.
It’s a big beautiful world out there and travelling will make you live, breathe and imbibe the timelessness of our world and of our happiness.
So before I finish my post I will again say that solo travelling, especially for women, is a great decision. You need to take one vacation of your own to realize the difference it can bring.
Solo travelling lets you have time for yourself, which we barely get in all the chaos that surrounds us.
I am not saying that vacation with your friends and family are any less than solo but it is different when you pack your bag and head alone to a place just to see how beautiful things can be. You should not miss it for anything.
If somewhere in your heart you want to take a solo trip, I hope you do it.
PS – I can never thank Atul Saini enough for his help in editing the content. He holds the post of Editor-in-chief of my blog . (We are yet to draw the paperwork ! )