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Megha Dadarwal
31 Oct 2017 . 5 min read

Beginners Guide To Solo Female Traveling


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Have you been wanting to solo travel? But are unsure about how to go about it? Do you wonder if you are like the girl who is out there traveling the world by herself right now? Is she anything like you? Is she braver, stronger, or different in some way than you? Does she have some kind of background that allows her to travel the world safely and independently?

Truth is, she is no different than you. While the thought of travelling alone can be daunting, whatever age you are, it's not as tough a thing as it may good.

Even though the image of a solo traveller is a young backpacker, first-time solo travel can occur at any age. Here's a beginners guide to travelling solo and some tips from women who have been travelling the world alone.


 

Research and Book in Advance
Research before you go—weather, local customs, dress codes. Make sure you know the basics of what to expect before you step off the plane. You'll know better, you'll do better.

 

Pack What You Need but Avoid Overpacking

Most of the times you’ll stuff your luggage with items that end up never seeing the light of day. Avoid over packing with a few standard tips.


Make a checklist.
Pack only a few pants/jeans or dresses that you can mix and match.
Pack just two to three good and comfortable pairs of shoes. They are the traveler’s ultimate essential item with all that trekking you’ll be doing.

 

Pick your destinations carefully
Go wherever you want to, just make sure it’s a safe destination, or know what to expect before you go. The first step would be to pick a city or region that has low reports of crime.
You’ll be able to relax and enjoy your trip better if you don’t have to worry about pickpockets or muggings. Start by knowing yourself. If you can’t handle unwanted attention from men, book tickets to places that are more female friendly.

 

Survive the Flight
Staying smart on the plane is the key to staying sane. If you’re travelling up for hours with blasting A/C, it can take a toll on your health. Pack a few refreshing items—a hairbrush, toothbrush, travel-sized deodorant, and breath mints.

 

Alone in groups
Solo travel doesn’t have to mean ‘alone’. If travelling independently you’ll almost certainly meet other independent travellers, especially if you stay in guesthouses, lodges or hostels. If it’s the locals you want to meet, try family-run B&Bs, homestays or community-run accommodation.

Face Your Fears
The world is a magical, challenging, fascinating place. Don’t be intimidated by it! Travel is all about breaking out of your comfort zone, and growing beyond your own self-set boundaries.

 

Be prepared for night time
Walking alone after dark isn’t a good idea in pretty much any country in the world these days. India is no different. If you get caught out after dark stick to busy areas and make sure there is transport around should you need to get back to your accommodation quickly

 

Traveling Solo
Solo travel gives as much as you put into it. Be confident, smart, and informed—you’ll find the destination blooms right before you.

Be safe

Use your basic street smarts, be assertive, and keep your valuables close and hidden. But don’t forget to enjoy yourself.
Open up, be warm and friendly, and get to know the locals. A smile can go a long way in helping you meet fascinating people and like-minded travelers.

Here's what Everest Base camp explorer Richa Phogat had to suggest to beginners-

 

1) Research a lot about the place/trek before going there. Carry a map in a trek, if possible.
 

2.) Always carry medicines- for fever, headache, pain, upset stomach, diarrhoea, altitude sickness. If possible, Carry chlorine to clean water if rivers are the only source of water around.
 

3.) Never mingle too much with strangers in the first go. Gauge the behavior of people around. They sometimes tend to go overboard if one isnt careful or cautious.
 

4.) Make sure your luggage is of an appropriate weight. It can really damage your neck and shoulders in the long run if the rucksack is not right or excess weight is carried.
 

5.) Make sure the room you check-in has good latches.
 

6.) Travel pillow and eye masks work wonders for long journey in buses.
 

7.) Taking a bath with dettol sometimes actually helps in long sessions of travel.


8.) Always carry a snack,especially nuts because you never know for how long you have to go without access to decent food.

 


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Megha Dadarwal
22, Dentist, passionate yogi who loves dogs and beaches.

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