New Delhi: “The Wanderlust has drawn me to the seven lonely seas. It has thrown me to the ends of the whole earth.”
Being a woman in a South Asian country is not the easiest experience, especially when it comes to moving around and discovering public places. While everyone wants to embark on exciting journeys, traveling alone has its own special set of apprehensions.
So, Pushpa Bector, EVP, Head DLF Retail Malls has given some useful travel tips to explore without fear.
First, prepare a large playlist. Traveling alone as a girl can often be a cause for concern. Years and years of warnings tend to leave a perpetually suspicious feeling of going outside.
If you listen to these headphones and take long walks in picturesque places, it can give you a stimulating feeling of freedom, perfect for a solo vacation. Music, after all, has a way of charging us in and adding to the exuberance of the holidays like little else!
Second, take the less traveled road. Being creative and improvising are great ways to enhance the experience of traveling alone. While it’s a good idea to research in advance and plan your trip well, the guides shouldn’t feel too restricted. The history of the world presents many stories of kings and explorers who have conquered and discovered.
Plan some new stories from your story, where the solo vagabonds appear. Enjoy the unexplored oral culture of your destination, talking to local women and asking for their opinion on interesting places to visit. You can even carry a small diary and keep a travel notebook.
Third, don’t be afraid to ask smart questions. It is recommended to familiarize yourself with the public transport system of the place visited, especially in case the mother tongue is different from yours.
However, it’s also good to get information while standing up, pleasantly annoying the hotel concierge and asking for picnics for advice, the resulting conversations are probably fun, quirky and memorable. A smart start to a conversation is to ask someone to take a picture of you by following it with questions about the background of the shot.
Fourth, have a flexible schedule. Holidays are, after all, opportunities to rest and feel free. Take your time as a holiday bachelor and read or contemplate for long hours. Instead of constantly trying to be distracted by activities or booking a day at the nearest amusement park, visit a rare museum or make laughter sketches at the neighborhood park.
Fifth, try to travel light. Rolling around luggage light enough for an energetic traveler is the best possible travel habit. Replace traditional luggage with a single trolley bag that doesn’t need to be lifted. You can also bring an extra bag that carries all the necessary toiletries and also serves as a wallet for outings.
Rolling clothes instead of folding saves space while packing; almost all hotels around the world offer ironing boards and services, and finding a laundry center is also easy enough. Another packing trick is to wear clothes that can be fitted in various combinations, reducing the number of items transported. Keep jewelry to a minimum or wear basic colored pieces like silver that fit various outfits.
“Traveling alone is not about finding ways to enjoy things without friends, but about enjoying yourself. Going with the gut instincts is a fantastic, safe, enjoyable and very rewarding solo travel experience,” Pushpa said. .