All posts tagged: Solo Travel

Top Solo Travel Destinations For Indians

Solo travelling is certainly more mentally tormenting than travelling in a group. As a solo traveller, we are more inclined to visit destinations we have already visited before or the ones that, at least, qualify the list of “most solo travel-friendly destinations around the world”. For me, for example, if I am travelling to a new place, and I am travelling alone, a place tends to stifle my solo adventure spirit if I find a few backpacker hostels there. Because hostels not only help me save money on accommodation (as paying for a double-bed room without having someone to share the cost with, is a lost deal) but it also assures that I will find few fellow-travellers and double the fun. Other factors that encourage me to travel solo to a new destination, includes… A good public transport system, because paying for the entire taxi is painful and drains out my budget as a solo traveller. A friendly local community, with local people speaking a little English. Plenty to do alone, on a budget. A general …

How to Make the World Your Home

And here’s the thing about travelling: Even the most dedicated, passionate travellers get homesick from time to time. I do, too! It seems perfectly natural, doesn’t it? You might spend months out of each year wandering the world, jetting from one country to another, opening yourself up to new adventures. Travelling feels like a nourishment for the mind and soul, but travel-fatigue eventually set in and you start longing for those things that feel familiar and comforting; the things that make you feel at home. Unless you make the world your home instead …and that’s how I stay on road for longer too — by making the world my home. It’s a state of mind that helps you to be able to feel comfortable and connected to all the things that matter most, regardless of where you are. I Bookmark My Travels Bookmarking your travels is a great way to help yourself feel at home wherever you go.  For example, I use travel GPS tracker apps that allow me to bookmark any location I’ve been to and …

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Why Solo Travelling Is The Best Self-Development Tool

With the internet and our daily life, being swarmed by material on self-development, teaching us different ways to become a more superior self, one thing is clear — we all want a better version of ourselves and become more efficient than we are today. If we run fast, we want to run faster. If we speak one language, we want to speak many. If we already have an impressive personality, we still want to go one step further, defying all laws of our existence and become undeniably impressive… and the quest never ends. The problem is, however, we don’t know how, or we don’t have the time to work for it. Our little lives, bounded by schedules and responsibilities offer no scope for self-development. We are still doing the same thing that we were, three years ago. One day turns into the next and all those things that we desired to do, combined with all the personality traits we wanted to acquire, keep piling up until we eventually lose grip on life. So what to do? …

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My Biggest Solo Travelling Lessons

When you’ve been travelling for long enough, you start calculating the benefits. You wonder whether your solo travels have made you a better and stronger person and whether all these journeys, that you’ve so far taken, have given you a deeper understanding of yourself – from within, and without. You wonder if you want to keep continue travelling, or is it about time to find some stillness in life and look for a purpose in another direction. I’ve been wondering the same thing, repeatedly asking myself the same question – what is it that I’ve gained through all these years of solo travelling. Has it made me a better person and perhaps a bit stronger too from within. Do I want to keep continue doing it? And the answer that came to me was a sure “Yes!” My Biggest Solo Travelling Lessons Solo Travelling Has Made Me A Decision Maker Before I started travelling solo I was a team player and not a leader. My decisions would wait for others. But as I started travelling solo, …

Tips For Your First Solo Motorbiking Trip In Himalayas

I vaguely remember the time I was planning my first ever motorbiking trip in the Himalayas, I was scared more than ever. I’d never done something like this before and I’d no idea what to expect from it. And to make it worse, I’d decided to go solo, and that too on the world’s most isolated and treacherous roads — Spiti Valley, in Himachal Pradesh. Read: An Ideal Road-Trip Itinerary For Spiti Valley But where on one side I was scared and confused, with no past experiences of riding in the Himalayas, on the other side, I knew I was ready for it — at least if technically speaking. I had researched about the entire route map well enough, equipped myself properly, and was not carried away by the romanticism of riding only a Royal Enfield. For a total of 9 days, I drove an average of 200 kilometres per day, covering a total of 2200 kilometre distance from my home (in Delhi) and back, and it was a whirlwind experience. Another fascination I was bitten with was doing the entire …

Fear of Unknown. How To Deal With It As A Solo Traveller

The most common reply I get every time I talk to someone about my nomadic lifestyle is that they wish they could do it too. People tell me about their solo travelling dreams and share the fantasies of being a solo backpacker somewhere in Amsterdam, then they come up with common excuses as to why they can’t realise them: They fear they will feel bored alone. They fear if solo travelling is safer for them as a woman. They fear their parents won’t allow. Fear! It’s always the fear that keeps us from living our dreams and doing what we always wanted to do. I remember when I’d initially decided to quit my job to travel I was as scared as I was while leaving for my first ever indefinite backpacking trip to Bhutan. And two years later, even today, when I plan a solo trip I feel equally scared. Fear of the unknown has always remained there. It has always accompanied me and proved to be more loyal than any friend, any habit, I’ve …

Solo Female Travel Tips – Getting Started

This is a guest post by Neetole Mitra of Living Unplanned, who quit her job 4 months ago and has been travelling ever since, alone. Encouraging more females to follow the league, this is what she has to say… It’s surprising that so many of us love to travel yet so few actually do it. It almost makes one wonder if travel is ultimately as coveted as everyone would have you believe. I mean, if people really want to travel, why don’t they? Travel has become a benchmark of sorts for ‘freedom’. It’s what we say/think every day. I wish I could be free. Just get the hell out of here. Go where I want to. But we are free. As long as there’s no physical chain holding us back, we are all free. Yet, most of us create alibis for ourselves. I can’t travel because there’s no money. I can’t travel because I have to take care of the family. Because it’s not safe. All of them completely sound barriers that hold us back from …

How I Deal With Language Barrier While Travelling

I remember when I was leaving for my first solo trip I was more doubtful than ever. I was scared and I feared that I won’t be able to survive for long. Would it be safe? Would the journey be interesting? How would I make friends on the road? I had a million questions going through my mind. But out of all the doubt, one thing that bothered me the most was dealing with the language barrier!  Last week, a reader asked me on Facebook if the local languages can make his solo travelling in North of India tough. He belonged from the South. In his words “Is language a barrier to travelling? I was planning to travel to the north of India next month but I don’t know Hindi. Can it be a problem? PS: I am travelling solo!” “PS I am travelling solo” — his message ended with the most important part! A solo traveller is always scared of a new language, and that the language barrier can be a problem, not until he has …

4 Women Who Conquered Common Beliefs To Travel The World

A few months ago, while backpacking through Southern India, I met a group of college students who were on a holiday. They found it interesting that I’m a full-time traveller, and that I’d quit my job to travel. During our short conversation, one of the 3 girls in the group asked if I ever found solo travelling risky. A few assuring points, from my side, and the girl whispered, sounding unconvinced, “Yeah, but women travel in a different world than men do”. I think I couldn’t understand her at that time. I think I can’t understand her now. When it comes to solo travelling and women, things become a lot more complicated. Women have to deal with a completely different set of anxieties. Some fear for safety, some for public opinion. “You get a lot of unwanted attention,” someone once wrote me in comments. And I couldn’t agree more. Also Read: Safest Indian Cities For Women Travellers Travelling as a woman can be tough. No one can deny this fact. But I’ve met an uncountable number of …

Why I Travel Solo

I travel solo because other people cancel their travel plans, and I don’t! I can’t let others hold me back!! “So when are we leaving? What days have you applied for leave, at your workplace?” I asked my friend Ankit, with whom I was trying to partner up for a few-week-long motorbiking expedition in the Himalayas. A long silence at his end was a clear invitation to the fact that the deal is cancelled. “No man, the thing is I might not be coming along, something really urgent has come up,” he confessed, in his usual tone. This happened yesterday, and since last 24 hours, I’m constantly consoling him to reconsider, like a stubborn, innocent kid, trying to make him realise what he will miss if he doesn’t come along. None of my friends wants to replace him either. Everyone is busy with their work and routine. “The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait until that other is ready” Henry David Thoreau And then I realised it’s …