Traveling Alone

“Travelling alone is the single best thing you can give yourself”

I am a person who has stayed with my family all my life. My childhood was dotted with small vacations with mom, dad and sister. As I grew, holidays were a combination of family time and with friends.

imageTo be honest I have traveled alone but I have never stayed alone. This year however, for the first time , I had to travel to USA on business – read as “travel and stay alone”.As cool as it sounds, it kind of frightened me in the beginning.

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My travel started with all the Business formalities which were time consuming and tiring. But I had a really good time there! I came back energized and more determined.

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Below are the takeaways of a solo-girl traveler ,be it on business or pleasure.

Always pack the essentials when you go on a trip alone. Jot down a list and ensure you have packed them, because out there you really dont know if you will get to find a general store easily or if you will get the required thing on time.

Some of the things I packed -Toiletries , basic cosmetics , a good face cream and face wash, a small book to read on the go, the right kind of apparel (I went in the fall season so I decided to layer a little) , self protection spray , copies of tickets and passport and other important documents, a physical copy of contact numbers in case of distress and the phone is drained, a battery charger, medicines and prescriptions….

Although I mentioned its necessary stuff needs to be packed, DO NOT over pack . In my case my mom was so concerned she over packed my bag with sweaters and food that I did not have much option when I went shopping. If you are planning to shop , plan accordingly.

Its wise to invest on a pre-paid international simcard since you are travelling alone, it helps navigating and ordering cabs. In India one has lot of options like #Lycamobile and #Matrix which have a 20-30$ plan with data pack. Really helpful if you are traveling using maps.

DO NOT carry all your money in the form of cash as you may lose it in transit . I opted for #HDFC Forex card which can be topped up when needed. I carried cash- card in 40:60 ratio which also helped me to keep a tab on money I spent.

Do not plan your shopping for the last week. Its good to shop a week before you leave for hometown so that you have enough time to pack

Its good to be alert but have fun at the same time!