Backpacking India For Women: The Importance Of Instinct
The Importance Of Instinct When Travelling Solo
This topic (backpacking India for women solo) is very close to my heart, as I have backpacked across India alone for the last few years. While it is adventurous and exhilarating, it can sometimes be scary for a woman to travel alone in a foreign third world country with little or no knowledge of the local language.
From my experience, the best tip I can give you is to trust your instinct. While it may sound like unusual advise, travel is after all, about becoming aware, and building up your senses.
In different places, laws, taboos and boundaries are different. Every situation is different. So, there is no one formula to follow. But, by being attentive to your surroundings, a perceptive eye and ear and tell you soon enough, what you should and shouldn’t do in order to stay safe. The idea is to build your own judgement objectively, and then trust it.
A friend of mine travelling alone once came to halt at a tiny village near Udupi in Karnataka. She turned out to be the only guest at the only guesthouse in the village run by a middle aged man. The first time she spoke to him she found him “creepy”, even though he never said or did anything out of turn.
She was tired though, of lugging her backpack and travelling long hours, and she decided to stay. The next day when she checked out she got borderline molested by the man.
However tired you are, safety comes first. If you are in such a situation for example, here are two options you have:
1 Go to the closest proper hotel (even if this is out of budget, you cannot put a price on your safety).
2 Find the closest police station, and let them know that you are feeling uneasy about the place you must spend the night.