Travel India alone
The decision to travel India alone can seem scary. This post will provide you with the information you need to address some of the concerns you may have before starting your journey. you can believe me when I say that it is nowhere near as hard as you think it is going to be, but I think that is the same in most things in life, right?
It can seem daunting to the best of us to consider the challenge of travelling alone. India has a reputation that it is intense and brash. In truth, it is one of the best countries to travel alone in and it is that very intensity that gives the visitor such a rich experience.
In fact, travelling to India alone is a delight. You won’t even need to be overly comfortable with your own company as you will always meet countless other travellers along the way and the Indian people are some of the most hospitable people you could ever hope to meet.
However, I don’t want to sugarcoat anything and suggest that there is nothing to consider and there are no risks. Of cause not! There is the issue of money, safety and the general fear of facing the unknown alone. I am here to shed a little light on these matters. I have spent around four and half years travelling across the Indian subcontinent, so I am in a position to be able to hand out some decent advice, so here we go.
Things to consider when planning to Travel India alone.
There are a lot of things to consider when planning to travel India alone. Still, with the proper planning and a little know-how, you can significantly reduce your chances of running into difficulties.
We will all have to ask ourselves if it is safe to travel to India and the short answer is yes. The reality is that the odds of you being taken hostage or eaten by are tiger are very small. However, the odds of you being overcharged for something is extremely high indeed.
The many shades of hustle come in countless forms. It does not matter if you are in a group of one thousand or you have decided to travel India alone. It is an issue we will all have to deal with. I have written two in-depth articles about staying safe while on the road. Part one is about those many scams you are likely to face. Part two covers issues such as legal matters and environmental hazards. Please feel free to check them out at your leisure.
Staying healthy when you are alone on the road is a major source of anxiety and like anywhere, there will be issues. The odds of you getting some exotic disease is relatively low, but the odds of you getting a touch of the Delhi belly is extremely likely. I have an in-depth post on staying healthy and while I am no doctor, I have spent many years travelling in South Asia, and I can’t help but notice it’s the same few problems that keep coming up. My post is packed with my tricks and tips to help you stay safe while on your adventure. It may even help to keep you out of the hospital.
Why go to India in the first place?
Why go to India in the first place is an easy question to answer because there are so many reasons why this incredible country should feature on your bucket list. I have been lucky enough to travel to one-third of the countries on earth. I can say unquestionably that in my experience, no other country offers such diversity of culture, landscapes and wildlife.
For an in-depth insight into the eight main reasons why to go to India, simply click the link provided. Here is a place that has been drawing in travellers to its shore for centuries. Some come on a spiritual quest and others come for the awesome wildlife. I believe there is something here for everyone and I hope to convince you the same.
India is also a very affordable destination compared to most, and that will probably be a significant contributing factor to your end choice of where you want to go. Especially if you are going for a prolonged period of time and especially after a global pandemic that has bankrupted the world. Few countries can offer such superb value for money. With all that diversity at affordable prices, the chances are that when your holiday is over, the first thing you will do is plan your next.
For further inspiration on why visit the country check out the government website Incredible India. I found this to be a beneficial resource when planning my route. Planning the perfect dream trip gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning and helps me deal with those long Mondays we all hate so much. I hope would imagine it would be the same for you too, so don’t wait and start planning your trip today.
The benefits of travelling alone.
For many of us in the west, our days are so busy that one day can slip into the next without ever really having time for ourselves. A trip anywhere is vital for a little self-reflection time. A chance to stand back from your life and say, ok, here is where I could do better. Or here is where I am going wrong. Most of us barely get a chance to text our family or drink our coffees let alone have the time to look at our own lives.
That alone can be so beneficial for your life to be able to find the time to take stock of it. Travel alone really will give that person time to discover themselves again. I don’t mean it in a spiritual sense. I mean it literally.
In my humble opinion, there is no better place to make a journey of self-discovery than India. I have found the diversity of culture to be both welcoming and intoxicating. There can be so many ways of looking at life all in one town, which is hard to find elsewhere. That is one of the key reasons why we travel at all. If you spend all of your time in one place you can only see the world from one perspective.
Of course, if you are in a couple or you have someone to share the journey with you can create memories together and there is definitely something to be said for that. On the other hand, making your own journey your way is sure to be worth its weight in gold. Why follow someone else’s footsteps when you can make your own?
To sum up, if you should travel India alone?
Should you travel India alone? Well, there is no right or wrong answer to that. I think it is fair to say it depends on what you want to get out of your time away. Maybe you would like that time to take stock, and perhaps you just need the headspace? Whatever the case is, you can bet you won’t know until you try. So don’t wait around for the right time and live in wonder. After all, there is no right time for anything. There is only now! So start planning and embrace one of the most vibrant and colourful countries there is on this beautiful place we call earth.
I hope you have enjoyed my blog and have found it of value. I have provided a lot of links for further reading for you. Please follow them when you get the chance as I have found learning from other travellers’ experiences so valuable. It is something that was not really available when I first started to travel as the internet was not widespread. That’s right! I am that old! I had what was in the Lonely Planet or nothing. Today this valuable source of information is available at the click of a finger, so do utilise it if you get the chance.
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