Well it's been almost 5 months since I have returned from my trip to Thailand and India. I have travelled to a few places and India is by far one of my favourite places. In my 6 weeks in India I managed to hit new and old delhi, agra, jaipur, mumbia, and goa....
Here are some tips for female solo travelled as I did it alone but had homestay along the way.
1) NEVER ever wear clothing that do not cover your shoulders, upper arms, and above the knee. This just adds unwanted attention that could get you into trouble. If you have tattoos your best to cove them.
2) Dont smoke until its in private. Not only is it gross with the heat and humidity but you will make yourself even more a target for "bad" attention
3) Learn some of the language before you depart. It will make your trip much less stressful and will gain you some respect. Hindi is the best though some Urdu will help you.
4) Be prepared for sensory overload. Sites, sounds, smells, and foods will definitely overwhelm you for the first few days. Use common sense.. Dont eat some places that look unsanitary or you see them touch raw meat and then veggies... ABSOLUTELY no chai glasses or running water unless you want to be really sick.
5) Pay attention to your intuition. If you are feeling something is not right back away politely.
6) Bargain your heart out. Do not accept the first price and dont give up, have some fun with it.
7) If you decide to go to Goa (AMAZING BEACHES and locals) do not go out at night alone . Meet some fellow travellers and arrange to go with them. I have heard some horror stories of women travelling alone and going out to the bar or club at night or just walking back to their hotel. Better safe than sorry
8) If you are taking a train be prepared to claim your space. IF someone is inappropriate on the train or in public do not be afraid to use aloud voice.
9) If you find yourself in trouble or in a risky situation, find a man that looks proper and respectable and say "Bah-hiya, (spelt wrong, sounds right) can you help me?!" It means brother and its respected.
10) It's preferrable that you dont go alone. Set yourself up with homestays or tours if possible.
11) Be open to great experiences, pay atttention to your surroundings, and enjoy one of the greatest experiences in your life. I'd go back in a heart beat.
Enjoy your travels.... Hope that helps... You can see my blogs for pictures and experiences.
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