Solo Travel- hear the noises within

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Stagnation begins in the realm of comfort. It is only the absence of the same that ensues a path for a change & in search of motion you find change. Travelling solo is just that. It is a beginning of the change, within and without.

Solo Travel- Hear the noises within

SOLO TRAVELS

In the quiet you hear the noises within

Stagnation begins in the realm of comfort. It is only the absence of the same that ensues a path for a change & in search of motion you find change. Travelling solo is just that. It is a beginning of the change, within and without.

The fact is that solo travel sets the individual on the trail of self discovery, as he finds himself ushered in the unexpected and unforeseen forays of this journey and make no mistakes, there is every possibility of him desiring to have a repeat! Bravo!

Solo traveling is yet to catch the fancy of many, at least in India and remains a vastly unexplored part of today’s travel culture. This could be due to the popular belief that human beings cannot survive in isolation! Sure but aren’t we constantly striving to break free from the mundane, the ordinary, to feel liberated, to be with the self and why not? After all, our existential truth is ‘the self’, is it not?

Folks, travelling solo is definitely worth giving a try. Ask those brave souls who have already taken the plunge and the answer would be an emphatic yes! Hope this settles the issue.

However, apprehensions that come with taking a solo plunge are quite understandable. So let me guess what is ticking your mind eh. Is it the fear of being lonely? Well maybe, but every solo traveller I know, says that it’s far from being lonely on solo travels. Rather you feel more connected and open than ever. Being unsafe? Mother nature beckons and protects, does not harm. To add to that if you maintain street-smart behavior, you will be much secure. Being bored? Highly improbable as you will be busy exploring, experiencing & connecting. What else? Scared of running out of dough? Proper budgeting and bookings done in advance takes care of that, unless you intend to shop till you drop even on a vacation! Now this is terminal unless it turns funny when you see aunties rushing for the shawl shops and uncle biting into hot samosas while sipping on fragrant tea, completely oblivious to their awe inspiring surroundings.

Coming back to solo traveling, if some doubts still cast a shadow on your plans, let me share my own experience. I had my reservations before taking my first solo trip. After a lot of pacing back & forth & motivational speeches from fellow travelers, I did finally go & I am pleased to tell you that “DRUMROLL”, travelling solo is beautifully refreshing and uplifting. You experience an innate sense of peace. As you dust your dreams to a shine- you stumble upon a brand new self, in complete harmony with the serene surroundings, more confident and relaxed, brimming with renewed energy and zest; and who knows more surprises could be awaiting you, in the form of some valuable friendships which you strike during your solo journey! If nothing else, solo travel will enable you, for those few days at-least, to do or not to do as you please, which is luxury in itself, isn’t it?

So come-on, take the risk. Pick one destination and do your research. Be well equipped with bookings, road maps, travel applications on your phone; parasols, thermals, raincoats, extra woolens if need be, sunglasses etc. Update your medical kit, get you own food and drinks; extra care in dealing with strangers goes a long way in ensuring your safety. If traveling by road- your vehicle should be in the best condition and lastly- please give your mobile a shutdown, give yourself a break, quite literally. Your frayed nerves will thank you.

Hopefully more of us will embark on this amazing path in the future & bring back endless stories, which we all would love to hear, share and savor. Happy travels.

How to survive the Indian Pickpocket!

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Pick pocketing is essentially teamwork; though, solo artists too exist. Pickpockets, both males and females, operate in crowded metros, city buses, railway stations, bus terminals and daily markets. Good wallet-lifters are egoists; they pride in their trade. The best have self-inflicted blade marks on their forearms: a sort of status symbol, says a cop.

How to survive the Indian Pickpocket

Hi Folks,

The inspiration for this article is a recent group from the US and UK visiting India for the first time. And guess who greeted them first at the railway station. The very swift agile and hungry Indian pick Pocket or (pocket maar in local lingo), Yes that’s right, though the loss in foreign exchange wasn’t much ;), it’s still a mood dampener. So here’s some advice on how to beat them at their own game!.

Pick pocketing is essentially teamwork; though, solo artists too exist. Pickpockets, both males and females, operate in crowded metros, city buses, railway stations, bus terminals and daily markets. Good wallet-lifters are egoists; they pride in their trade. The best have self-inflicted blade marks on their forearms: a sort of status symbol, says a cop.

Popular public places, transport hubs or local shopping areas are the breeding grounds for the pick pocket. They come in all shapes and sizes, Short, wiry and reasonably articulate, who hardly invite a second glance or may be dressed in a worn-out jeans and a beat-up eggplant colored T-shirt that screams, Rock and roll rebel.

I for one have not been pick pocketed until now, lucky I guess! So these are the few things I make sure are in place if I am entering a crowded public place.

  1. Nothing works best than being alert; in the know of who’s around you.
  2. Look out for any face trailing close to you for long.
  3. Always keep your wallet in the front pocket, makes it almost inaccessible.
  4. If lost always or asking for directions, always ask a cop or any fellow traveler or a auto rickshaw driver.
  5. When paying do not take out the entire wand of cash you might be carrying, always carry loose currency in change.

The local Pickpocket slang, must you hear it you know what to do now!

* Machine: Main pickpocket of a gang.
* Thekbaaz: Assistants mainly used to distract attention.
* Paplu: Potential pickpocket’s target.
* Phool: Meeting place.
* Bater: Back pocket.
* Chhati: Front pocket.

Rest , enjoy the vacation, love the people and experience the culture. Remember all that we have talked about here is out of experience and all this is ineffective if you are not alert about your surroundings. These basics will help you not get robbed.  Cheers!