Travelling is an experience like no other. It rejuvenates and makes you aware of things that you never knew existed inside your heart and brain. While a quick trip with friends and family is rejuvenating for us, nothing beats the tranquillity and evolution that a solo trip gives you.
Too scared to go solo? Wondering how and what to do when you plan a trip? You are not alone.
We know that it is easier said than done so in order to help you ease out your mind over solo travelling, we decided to record the experience of 5 people who took the plunge of travelling solo and broke the mould of any doubt you might have:
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1. Anchal Ghosh
She is working in the field of marketing communications, decided to take a solo trip to East India. Off course, for a woman, lot of prejudices and warning come attached with the idea of travelling alone, but Anchal made the best of it. Her trip included the full belt of Guwahati – Tezpur – Bomdila – Dirang – Tawang.
“I was warned about bad roads, was told that I would be stranded for hours, transport can be an issue and I still went ahead with it. The route literally rattles all your bones and you constantly ask yourself why I chose this!”
However, uncertainty is a part of the journey. She particularly enjoyed visiting the monasteries at Bomdila, Dirang and Tawang ( which is also the second largest monastery in Asia), the war memorial at Dirang and the Shungatser lake.
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The plus point of travelling alone to the North-East belt is that most of it is populated with a lot of Indian Army base camps as well. If you plan well, a return flight will not cost you over INR 10,000 and you can easily book private cabs to explore the area.
The locals are very friendly and the food is delicious! One major tip that Anchal shared with us was that you should never miss out and the opportunity of dining in an Assamese house. The people here are extremely proud of their cuisine and experiencing is a treat.
Follow her on Instagram: @delhi.diary
2. Ayushi Anand
An avid traveller and blogger herself, shared the details of her solo trip to Portugal. The best part about travelling solo? That there are no expectations attached from anyone, since you are your own master. From places to visit to what to do and when to do, you decide everything.
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So what was her highlight of the trip?
“I had the best experience in Lisbon, Portugal where I met the kindest people. I became friends with a Spanish woman, helped a Sikh man do grocery shopping for our hostel and got five coconut breads free from the owner of a local Portuguese bakery!”
Europe is a gorgeous and a very safe continent to travel solo. Most countries are extremely tourist friendly and super safe for women as well. Many solo traveller like Ayushi, choose to go solo when travelling to Europe. You can choose to stay in hostels, make lots of friends during your trip, it is super economical since only person is spending and it makes you very responsible.
Follow her on Instagram: @365daysofbliss
3. Nikita Butalia
She takes great pleasure in travelling, also prefers solo travelling.
“I’ve always believed that travelling solo is an empowering experience in many ways; whether in the form of taking little decisions on the road, or simply opening up to different cultures that have the power to shape our mindset and world view.
My favourite solo travel experience was in Greece, where my tour guide on a particular day was an old Greek man named Yannis, who travelled with me to the Greek Islands (I was travelling for work), helped nurse me back to health when I fell severely ill, took me tirelessly and fondly around the islands for the best picture spots and to the best cafes. And downed many a glass of Ouzo! It was a friendship that led him to visit India and I gotta take him around the country as well. It’s one of the best places my solo travels took me, and one of the most endearing memories.
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Sometimes it not the places but the people you meet along the way- the unexpected relationships you build- that mean so much more than “holidays” can ever mean!”
Nikita’s experience clearly explains that you not only make memories, you build a lot of new friendships as well. Imagine, someone in a far away land, who you don’t even know exist, ends up become your friend. Our cultures might be different, but we are humans at the end of the day.
Follow her on Instagram: @nikita.butalia
4. Parag Goel
Chose to make his solo trip debut with a vacation in Las Vegas and San Francisco .
“I took a bus from Las Vegas strip and it took around 3-4 hours to reach Grand Canyon and I really had great time”
While USA for a solo trip is not your best bet if you haven’t travelled before, but then there are no rules when it comes to solo travelling. America can be a tough choice because the visa is a hurdle, and it can be very expensive to travel around the country.
If you think that you qualify for taking a solo trip only if you have travelled enough then you are wrong. Travelling alone means connecting with your own self.
It is a brilliant way of discovering new things about your self, of accepting and enduring, a journey of the soul which will make you a better person. Just pack in some confidence, save some money, pick a destination and take the plunge. You will never be ready if you keep wondering about it!
5. Preeti Bala
Preeti’s solo trip was a birthday gift she decided to give herself.
“I was in Tirthan Valley, Kullu (Himachal Pradesh) for my 30th birthday. I managed to complete a trek in The Great Himalayan National Park, I visited Shringa Rishi temple and soaked in the tranquillity of the beautiful place. With the new found fervour, I took an impromptu trip to Amritsar from here and seeked blessings for my new year at The Golden Temple”.
While she struggled to make her journey smoother and deal with last minute plans, she learned that the prejudice around solo women travellers in our country is changing. Her experience was enriching in many ways.
If you think that you qualify for taking a solo trip only if you have travelled enough then you are wrong. Travelling alone means connecting with your own self. It is a brilliant way of discovering new things about your self, of accepting and enduring, a journey of the soul which will make you a better person. Just pack in some confidence, save some money, pick a destination and take the plunge. You will never be ready if you keep wondering about it!