‘I love to travel but have to wait for my friends to get free time which would match mine’
‘I love to travel but want to experience a solo trip but am too scared about it’
‘I love to travel and want to travel solo but don’t know where to start from and how to do it’
Most of us want to travel, rather love travelling. But when those friends and family are not available when you are available to go then you keep postponing the dates as per their availability.
Sometimes, you just want to have the experience of ‘solo’ travelling but somehow never started off.
So what are the things that you need to know before stepping out for travelling solo?
Here are some important pointers based on my own experiences which you would find useful while travelling solo in India –
Know your place
A little bit pre-researched information about the place where you are going is always helpful. Example, the kind of weather conditions, culture, dressing sense, food, transport availability, etc.
All places in India are mostly connected by trains and bus. So after you have selected the place you want to go, see the rental options of four wheeler and two wheeler if you want to avoid public transport.
For trains it is better to book beforehand. For the bus transport check for the State run transport first as it is much faster and budget friendly.
If you are moving from one destination to another then check the connectivity. For example, when I went to Rajasthan, I rented two wheeler at Jaipur and covered all the nearby places with that.
Best way to enjoy the foods and have the hygiene factor covered is by having the local authentic foods. You get the fresh fruits and vegetables and also the processed items intake would be less when you are tasting the local delicacies. And given India is majorly a vegetarian country, you would get all types of food at almost all states.
Take your own reusable bottle with a filter attached (although it’s a bit expensive). This will help you to have pure drinking water. Buying water every time if you are on a long trip would weigh down on the budget.
India is a vast country with tropical climate. Whatever destination you travel to, better to check the weather conditions prior to that. Especially the clothes you will require at the Northern India is different from Southern India.
However, it is good to have interchangeable clothes and light multi-purpose jackets which you can mix and match and wear anytime.
Another important thing is to wear clothes which does not attract unnecessary attention (especially for women travelers). Prefer to wear clothes covering more than 70% of the body. Not all places are same but just to be on the safer side you would like to take this into consideration.
Also keep in mind, while visiting most of the religious places, wear a fully covered dress and better to cover the head.
Be a Responsible Traveler
Traveling is not just about fun. It’s also about experiences and learning. Wherever you go ensure that you respect not just the people and culture but also the place. Do NOT litter around even if you find litter lying here and there. It will not only help you have a satisfied journey but also you might inspire and encourage others to follow the same, you never know!
Hacks & Tips
Ladies, it is a good idea to fake a ring on your finger! It works most of the time. This peculiar trick keeps away unwanted men most of the time.
Keep a whistle, key, spray(any deodorant will also do) and torch handy always for safety purpose.
Keep emergency numbers handy. Local police and hospital details should always be with you wherever you are traveling to.
While India is a diverse country with a diverse culture, it is always advisable to respect and be humble and empathetic while traveling towards the locals and the fellow travelers.
If you have some other tips and experience do share it in the comments below. Would love to hear.
Happy traveling 🙂