Solo travelling, a distant thought which lead to confusion and fear. Scared at the thought of travelling to new places, ALONE. Is it safe for a solo woman traveller in India? Which place is safest to visit? What should I be careful about? These were the thoughts that were holding me back. I kept on reading blogs and searching online. Though I have been shifting to new places all alone since I was 5yrs but solo travelling for the first time was nerve wrecking.
After a long procrastination finally in Nov, 2018; after all the overthinking I said “Fuck it! has to be now or never” and I decided on Thailand, which means two-milestones at a time. First Solo trip and First International trip.
I like unplanned, impromptu trips & believe in “Living in the moment” just like life . Within a week I booked my flight tickets (yes I had overspent on lots of things of which I don’t regret at all ‘coz the learings were immense ).
I had planned only for the 1st day at Bangkok else everything I decided as an when I arrived at different destinations. Someone said “The best way to discover a city is on foot” and I walked like crazy all across exploring different cities, when tired I hired a tuk-tuk and they are shit expensive if u cant bargain well ( I am the worst at bargaining).
Hitch hiked when there was no transport available. Since I was staying in hostels, 24/7 departmental shops really acted as a boon for anything I wanted to buy, right from food to any necessity.
Though I avoided all sorts of intoxications ; ) & was very conscious of my surroundings. In case you are a lady planning a solo you need to be aware of your surroundings. I distinctly remember few proud moments when a customs official and few localities whom I had interacted literally applauded me and said that they haven’t really met a solo female traveller from India 🙂
P.S. People keep asking me how it is to travel solo?
Solo travelling has been an enriching experience, interacting with new people, experiencing different cultures & places, being self dependent, enjoying your own madness. It has been very liberating emotionally, different dialects, strangers all around, if you are in to any problem deal with it because you have no one to turn up to or to depend on, those weak moments when you feel like speaking to someone and the only person you have got is yourself, embracing yourself and falling in love with yourself all over again, doing crazy stuff, learning to enjoy your own company and be the source of your own happiness. I realized later that most of these emotions seemed familiar and was inculcated in me as a child having spent my life in boarding schools most of my life since a very young age.