Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Solo Travelling In India

(Picture Gallery at the Bottom of the Post)

Believe me, solo travelling is an incredibly exciting prospect, but also rather daunting. It can make you feel really intrepid and brave, can certainly be a confidence booster and even life changing. But as you’d expect, solo adventurers also mean you do have to be extra cautious and super organised, as there’s no one else to rely on.

Pros & Cons Solo Travelling In India

India is a diverse country with every 100 km you will find a different ethnicity, different mind-set. If you’re deliberating about whether to travel alone, it’s worth weighing up the pros and cons. For most of the people I have met (including myself), first solo venture into strange lands gave me a sort of religious experience.

One of the major pluses is that you don’t have to compromise. Your friend(s) wants to sit on the beaches of Goa but you perhaps have a desire to climb on Himalayas. If you travelling by yourself you can go where you want, when you want, and if you've never had that luxury before let me assure you, it’s fantastic. Going solo allows you to travel in a way that is completely different to being with someone else, whether you want to try a local restaurant (no worrying about another person’s weird food allergies) or sleep in a hammock for a day; you can without anyone nagging you.

The other great thing about solo travel in my experience is that, far from making you feel alone, it can actually end up being an incredibly social experience. Indians are garrulous and very social and you often meet more people precisely because you’re alone. If you are travelling throughout the country, you’re constantly meeting new people and they’re more likely to start chatting to you if you’re alone, than say if you’re with a partner.

That’s not to say that there aren't down sides to heading out alone. For many people the idea of not having someone to share with is off-putting, as is the thought of not having a mate alongside you in case of emergencies or to help sort out problem.

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Another downside to solo travel, if you’re not careful, is that many tour operators, hotels and ships will charge a large supplement for a single room. It’s unfair, but lost of places in India do charge extra, so be sure to check this before you book.

Solo Socialising in India

Research and organisation is the key to most areas of travel and this true of single socialising too. Rather than just rolling up to a resort or city without having a clue about a place, find out online what’s going to be on while you’re there and throw yourself into it. Whether it’s a festival, music gig, cultural event, and football match or village tour, there’s going to be something fun on that you can take part in with other member of the public.

Checklist
  •  Consider pre-paid money cards
  •  Buy a money belt
  • Take a self-defence course
  • Find out what social events are on at your destination online prior to travel
  • Find about the culture of the particular state of India before travel
  • Check out group trips/solo travel websites

Some references on Solo Travelling:

Pictures Gallery 

Cooking Solo

Solo Night

A lonely and dilapidated church 

Himalayas always make me lost

Pin Drop Silence

Into The Wild

Tranquility At Its Best

A Glimpse of Rural Bengal

Rural Bengal

Favourite Hangout Place in Rishikesh

Tent Living is the best Solo Experience


8 comments:

  • Mariellen Ward says:
    November 22, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Hello, I am a solo female traveller and I write and publish an India travel blog called Breathedreamgo.com. Lots of info and tips on solo travel in India! I have travelled alone from one end of the subcontinent to the other over the past seven years.

  • Julian Statham says:
    November 23, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    thanks for your comment Mariellen. I've seen your blog and will thoroughly study it when I get time. Solo travel in India for a woman is a challenge indeed. I congratulate your for your achievement

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