For a long time, woman were seen as being unable and unfit to take her own decisions! Travelling alone was unimaginable, and honestly, it is still a distant dream for many women. But I decided to take the chance. Since the last two years, I have been mostly travelling on my own and I felt a lot of eyeballs around me, with people asking me in amazement “you are travelling alone?” And my apparent answer “yes” would be scuffled with little pride, and resentment on the thought of woman limiting their own lives.
But recently, solo travel has become a rage among women, it has gone miles in enhancing and encouraging fellow women folk to undertake independent trips. There are pros and cons, of course, just like everything else in life.
I compile a few important notes on why you must take solo trips and how to face unexpected challenges while on such trips. You never know, one such trip might be the turning point that you had been looking for years!
LISTEN TO YOUR HEART
Well, this might sound little absurd, but yes, you must first listen to what your heart says. If it says that this is the time for you to explore, then do not give a second thought. Just follow your dream to see the world alone. I know that it is easy to say, but difficult to accomplish, and because of the Indian upbringing, it is challenging for any girl/woman to set her mind for solo travel. But, there are times when we want to be one with ourselves and be alone with nature, and there is nothing better than taking a solo trip. Once decided, be assured that everything else will fall into place.
BECOME A DECISION MAKER
As you plan your trip, you should be the only one to take any important decisions. Do not sign up for any planned trip packages. I suggest you make your own itinerary that would be in accord with your pace and time. Google search for hotels, read reviews, check the room gallery, price and go ahead with your booking as per your budget. Taking such decisions from the planning period of your trip would boost your confidence and self-assurance. So, become your own master and confidently go ahead.
LEARN WHILE YOU TRAVEL
As we all know, learning is a life-long process. And travel will surely make you a better learner. You learn from the varied experiences that you collect while touring. Travelling alone is a completely different journey altogether. Unlike other trips you had taken with your friends or loved ones before, solo trips may not give you all the comfort and luxuries. But, be assured this is going to be the best experience of your travel diary. You learn by observing people, their culture, nature and different ways of life. It will broaden your mind, for sure, and believe me, this is just the beginning.
RESPECTING COMMUNITY LIFE
When you are travelling to some other country or region, you are bound to meet different people and communities whose culture, language, traditions are different from yours. The more we meet and communicate, the more we learn. This strengthens the bond and harmony between people and nations in the long run. If you want to know the local life more closely, you can choose to stay in homestays. This would help you understand about their ways of life better. When we are closely attached with something, we start respecting and valuing other’s life and culture. This would make you a better and responsible traveler in the future.
Solo travel will give you the opportunity to rediscover yourself all over again. You will be surprised at your own hidden potential and impending creativity and your ability to tackle situations. Your discoveries may not be a big deal to someone else but in your life, you will realize its prominence. It will open up new avenues, and believe me, you will be so proud of yourself at the end of the trip. Meeting and communicating with fellow travelers will open up your mind and will compel you to see life from a completely different perspective.
There are of course some challenges pertaining to solo travel, but you may always tackle them with right aptitude.
- Plan your trip in advance, so as to avoid any kind of hassles
- Book your tickets well ahead
- Plan the itinerary and book your hotels/homestays accordingly
- Do good research on the internet about the place you are travelling to
- For safety, you may carry a pepper spray
- Avoid moving alone in unknown places when it gets late
- After the day’s activity, retire to your room
- While travelling in taxis, track the GPS
- Keep the local police emergency numbers handy
- Do not share your details with strangers
- Never give your account details and password details to anyone
- Do not share your phone numbers with strangers
- Pack less so that it does not restrict you to move around.
So, what are you waiting for girls! Go and live your dream.