How to survive alone? How to avoid problems? What to eat and drink? These are some of the common questions every woman gets when traveling alone.
Traveling is an amazing experience and traveling solo adds beauty to it. Just walking through the streets will give you an opportunity to think, a solo meal will make you enjoy food more and making all the decisions alone will make you more independent and responsible. But along with all these perks, traveling alone can also be a risky affair. Keeping only certain tips in mind while traveling can make your trip smoother, safer and more memorable.
Share the itinerary
If you are traveling alone, it is very important that you create a complete itinerary and share it with your family. Also don’t forget to share the details of the hotel where you are staying so they can contact you at any time. It’s a good idea to keep the hard copy of the itinerary and contact details in case of emergencies, such as when the battery runs out.
Avoid spicy foods
If you are not used to eating spicy and oily food, be careful when eating on the street. As India is famous for its mouth watering samosa and other street foods, it is very difficult to resist them. The only way to satisfy your taste buds and keep yourself safe is to ensure that the food you eat is hygienic. Eating vegetarian food in India can be a good option as the consumption of non-vegetarian food is less and there is a risk of food poisoning. Also, drink bottled mineral water to avoid getting sick. Remember to always keep hand sanitizer.
Be independent and don’t forget to bring a guidebook, a phrasebook, a map/compass and some cash. Be confident and don’t let anyone know that you are visiting the place for the first time. In case you need help, don’t approach a random person, be wise with whom you ask for directions; seek help from another woman or preferably a family. When using ATMs, make sure it’s a busy street and it’s not dark.
Careful while commuting
Make sure you have confirmed bookings and don’t have to make last minute decisions. If possible, get to the bus stop or train station you want to go to in advance. Make sure it is safe and if your bus leaves late there is a waiting room. For women traveling alone, the safest way is to book cabs or cabs through reliable service providers. Not only in the city, intercity cab services are also offered online. Also use google maps while traveling so you can track the route.
If you want to test the limitations of your alcohol consumption, solo trip is definitely not the right time. Overindulging can put you in dangerous situations and you could become the center of attraction. Not only in India, when traveling alone it is always good to be careful and in your full senses.
Dress Up accordingly
Because you are a foreigner, you always get strange faces everywhere. Wearing clothes that cover your body properly can help a little. If you’re staying in a 5 star hotel and have a personal car to take your seats then it really doesn’t matter, but if your route includes public transport then it’s better to cover yourself. Give the traditional/local dress a try and add a fun factor to your trip.