Things to remember for female solo travellers

It is fun, but simple precautions always come handy

There is an unmatched joy in travelling solo, away from the hustle and tension of roaming around in a group. Being solo allows you the freedom of choosing the place, the amount of time you wish to spend in a particular place, whether to go to the museum or a national park; the entire itinerary is self-made and changed as per choice. While it is absolutely easy for men to travel alone without any fuss, for women solo travellers, the cons come to weigh more than the pros. But then, nothing comes too close to having the joy of travelling alone. If that is the case, all we have to do is, buckle up our shoes and get ready to roll in the mud because nothing can stop us. And as it is better safe than to be sorry, here is a list of things to remember for women solo travellers.

Act and be like a local

This begins right from dressing, behaving, and mingling with the locals, but keeping your limits in mind. The thought should always blend in, take visual notes of how the locals are dressing up and follow. The perks of being among them will be easy access to the local eateries and their protection as you will not be taken for a tourist and give them warmth.

A safe bet to be back before nightfall.

Unless you are with the locals and partying around your stay, often travelling along through different places, to keep track of the time is difficult, but the safest bet is to always arrive at the destination before nightfall. Arriving at a place during sunlight helps locate and settle the surroundings very well.

Always have a backup plan.

Well, it doesn’t cost much and is the best safety net when travelling alone. Often when lading at a certain place and the booking at the hotel doesn’t turn up well, it is easy than to have a backup booking, just in case. At times the pictures shown of a room don’t match up to reality, then what you are going to do? A backup plan – always have another place sorted out for grabbing in such cases.

And never stop trusting your gut.

Being confident as a solo traveller is a must, for it can’t stand any challenge in front of you, but it is also important to listen to your gut when things do not feel right. When you are around people or at a place when you start to get the creeps, make a move-out.

Nirtika Pandita

A follower of Master Oogway, living by his words of Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, which is why it is called the ‘Present’, I am trying to master the art of now. Keeping that in the center I am combining my professional prowess as a writer and nerves of a gastronaut to conquer the Saha world.
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