I want to explore the world. I love to explore the world. But I can’t explore the world. Why?
There are many reasons. The most important reason is that I am a female and it is said that I can’t travel alone. But I don’t listen to what is said; instead, I learn on my own.
I remember the time when I wanted to go on a solo trip to Manali.
Solo Women travelers have always fascinated me. I watch them explore different corners of the world, and doing something they love always fascinated me.
So I decided to go on my very first solo trip. I remember when I told my parents that I wanted to go on a solo trip; their only response was a straight no. They were worried about my safety and, they should be if they consider the current scenario. But somehow, I succeeded in convincing them and went on my trip to Manali.
Going on a solo trip has its pros and cons. For me, though it was a unique and worth it experience, I still wish I knew some things before packing my bags.
I thought of sharing my experience with all the females who want to travel solo but have a fear of the same. Here is the thing that should be kept in mind by solo women travelers before they start their journey.
Before I share my experience, there are a few very basic things that you should know.
Why is solo Traveling popular?
Who doesn’t want a sense of freedom, to feel free, to be your person? There are many good reasons why solo traveling is famous. Firstly, you are free to do whatever you want, go where ever you want to. You don’t have to plan or put up with someone else’s choices and wants.
Secondly, you will explore and learn. Other than exploring your destination, you will explore yourself and the meaning of inner peace. Different experiences and opportunities will make you feel something that you could not feel or see when people surround you. Traveling by yourself will make you confident and self-dependent.
Do many women travel alone?
Yes, many women travel solo. If you thought that the number of solo women travelers would be less, then no, women do travel alone. American women top the list of solo travelers. Even in India, Indian women like and do travel solo. The number of women who decide to travel alone is more than that of men.
Who was the first woman Traveler?
Jeanne Baret (1740-1807) was the first woman to travel in the attire of men. Women were not allowed to travel in that era. So Jeanne disguised as a man and traveled on the vessel with 300 men.
Very bold of her to break a stereotype.
Solo women travelers in India
The popularity of solo traveling has increased in women. More women are traveling solo in India or, Indian women are traveling across the globe. The increase in the number of solo women travelers is that they want to spend time with themselves. They want to feel what it is like being your own master, without sticking with someone else’s mood, food, and choice of places to explore, be financially and emotionally dependent, make new connections and friends and challenge their boundaries.
What percentage of women travel solo?
It is found that 73% to 80% of women like to travel solo. Different surveys are conducted every year to find various factors that affect women’s choices regarding travel safety, destinations, and the factors that affect their trips.
Places that are safe for women travelers in India
When we select a place we want to visit, the first thing that comes to our mind is whether females are safe. If we see the current situation, the safety of women is a big question. Because of this, we can’t restrict ourselves. There are some safest places for women travelers in India, or we can say that the rate of women’s safety is more.
- Goa (Western India)
- Pondicherry (Union Territory in the South of India)
- Gulmarg, Kashmir (North India)
- Ladhak (Union Territory in North India)
- Sikkim (East India)
- Udaipur, Rajasthan (Nothern India)
- Nainital, Uttrakhand (Nothern India)
- Rishikesh, Uttrakhand (Nothern India)
- Haridwar, Uttrakhand (Nothern India)
- Jaipur, Rajasthan (Nothern India)
- Manali, Himachal Pradesh (Northern India)
- Jaisalmer, Rajasthan (Nothern India)
- Munnar, Kerala (Southern India)
- Kovalam, Kerala (Southern India)
- Hampi, Karnataka (Southern India)
Groups for women travelers
Women travel groups are solely for women. Their purpose is to provide safe travel, accommodation, plan a trip or package. There are many women travel groups in India; some are based on a specific region and, some provide their services in PAN India and around the world.
If you are a solo traveler, you want to explore a destination alone but can accommodate in a safe and women-friendly environment and transportation facility, guides, or private tours. You can join these groups as a solo traveler or with your girl gang.
Some of the women travelers groups in India are:
- Women on Wanderlust
- Wander Womaniya
- Chindi Safar
- Wandering Jane
- Women on Cloud
- The Wander Girls
- F5 Escapes
How do you become a solo female traveler?
This is where I will be sharing some tips on becoming a solo traveler and my experience as a solo traveler.
When I went on my first solo trip, I was not aware of many things that one should know before going.
Get a Background Research
Before selecting a destination, get thorough research on that location, its culture, food, accommodation, transportation, market, and safety parameters.
When I went to Manali, I thought I had only to pack my bags, get there and enjoy. But the mistake I did, was not researching hotels and other accommodation facilities. I went during one season and had to go from one hotel to another for a room.
Plan Your Budget
Your budget is another thing that can determine your comfort and enjoyment. You can’t empty your pocket for just one trip. You need to plan your budget according to your needs and the price of that destination. Some destinations can be very money-friendly and, some just focus on taking your money. To plan your budget, you need to follow the first step, which is research.
Pack Smartly not Completely
The amount of Luggage you carry can either help you or trouble you. Another mistake that I made was packing everything that I had, thinking that I might need them. Pack things essential for you, and you know or are not sure that you would be getting in that place. Do not pack things thinking that you might need them. Carrying much Luggage can give you physical as well as mental stress. You will get tired of carrying your Luggage and would have to worry more about the safety of your belongings.
Research the weather condition on the place you are visiting and in the season you are visiting, then pack accordingly.
Get your bookings done
It will help you if you have booked your hotel or even transportation facility when you reach your destination. You won’t have to struggle to find a room for yourself and have a relaxing start to your trip.
Plan but don’t over plan
Before you start exploring the place, plan the activities you would like to do. Planning would help flexible exploring and, you can also change your plans according to the situation. We all know that plans can change according to the dynamics of the situation.
But do not over plan. Do not fill your days and night with activities and traveling. Take out a day or two to relax. We often forget that going on a trip means refreshing our minds and relaxing, not exhausting ourselves.
Making new connections and friends is one of the best things that you can do on a trip. Your new friends and connections can help you when you are in times of crisis and can help you explore the place better. They don’t know you, so you can be around them without thinking about the judgments.
But remember, do not share your personal information. It will be a great help if you are careful when you are alone and in a different place.
I hope that these tips and information help you in the journey of exploring your true self and this beautiful world. Do write your experience as a solo traveler in the comment box (if you have any).