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Tell us about your first trip alone overseas? What emotions you felt, scared, happy, excited, was it a mixture of everything? How old were you? Where did you go?

My first trip was to Frankfurt when I was 28. I was traveling alone for business and was obviously very scared because I was traveling alone for the first time. But I was also very excited because I enjoyed the full control I had on my travel. It was fun meeting new people and exploring new places with locals in the guesthouse. It was a very different experience.

How has your experiences traveling alone been compared to traveling with someone? Do you have a preference on alone or traveling with someone?

I like to travel alone but I am open to traveling with others as well, naturally, it depends on the company. But I mostly enjoy traveling alone. It gives me more freedom to be spontaneous and meet so much more people.

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I can handle anything as far as I am calm and in control of myself. Sticky situations are part of the terrain and make excellent travel stories.

What is your thoughts on traveling alone as a woman and the issue of safety?

Safety is a big thing with solo women travel. But being from India and having traveled alone in my own country extensively, I can suggest that travelers, in general, should try to fit in and not stand out. Try to respect local customs and follow the rules of the culture. It usually never gets ugly.

Tell us a story about your best travel experience (with or without someone else)

My best travel experience so far has been backpacking Himachal Pradesh doing the Spiti circuit. Spiti is a remote location and has some of the highest villages in Asia, highest one being at almost 5000m. I was traveling with friends and we took the toughest roads, slept in the most basic rooms and ate the most basic food. It was truly an “out of comfort zone” experience. At one point we were even stranded near the Indo-China border where we had to request the army personnel to let us spend the night in their camps. Their hospitality was just mind-blowing!

When you are traveling alone, being solo is the least of your concerns. What is important is to enjoy yourself without the company of others and that takes serious work.


What are your top 3 favourite countries you have traveled too?

Nepal, Poland and UK.

What are your least favourite experience or country traveled too?

My worst experience was my first solo travel in India when I went to Manali. I was staying at a secluded hotel and accidently attracted some stoned guys to my room. They banged at my door until 3 AM and tried to look inside through the glass window. It was so scary that I had to threaten them with police action to leave me alone. They finally stopped but I couldn’t sleep that night.

Let’s play a game, give us the first word or sentence that pops into your head around these words. (Think experiences on the road).

FUN Traveling with no plans

TRAVEL backpacking

FOOD Indian

MEN Cant be with them, cant be without them

EXERCISE yoga

INDIA Diverse

AMERCIA dream destination

PACKING light

JOB No, thank you

ALCOHOL travel must-have

DANGER drunk men

TAXIS extravagance

BED BUGS a backpacker’s curse

LOVE mountains

FAMILY The only thing that makes me come back

NEW FRIENDS perks of travel

OLD FRIENDS My lifeline

SWITZERLAND I am yet to see

What has traveling alone taught you?

I can handle anything as far as I am calm and in control of myself. Sticky situations are part of the terrain and make excellent travel stories.

Lastly what advice would you give to someone who is looking to travel alone but is too scared?

When you are traveling alone, being solo is the least of your concerns. What is important is to enjoy yourself without the company of others and that takes serious work. Once you are ok being with yourself, travel to a location you are familiar with. This will help you connect with yourself and the place better.


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