Tips for the female traveller heading to India.
As a female traveller there are often many more considerations to going it alone, especially in a country like India. But don’t let that put you off. From the icy peaks of the Kedar Range to the sweltering jungle of Madhya Pradesh, India is one of the most diverse countries on the planet and a great place for eco travel. Cultures are as varied as geography and the adventurous traveller won’t find a more rewarding place to visit. That said, India presents more of a challenge to the female traveller, so here are some tips to help you on your way:
- Always pre-book your hotel. If you haven’t, pretend you have and ask your taxi driver to drop you somewhere specific.
- Always use pre-paid taxis at airports, and try to use cabs from hotel taxi ranks. Make sure pre-booked drivers properly identify themselves before getting in.
- Pay attention to what other women are wearing and buy some clothes that fit in with local styles of dress. The nice, comfy salwar kameez (three-piece suit) is always a winner.
Staying safe in your hotel…
- Don’t use Ms, Miss or Mrs when checking in. Just give the hotel your first initial.
- Never leave your key where someone can see your room number.
- Never leave your window open, especially if you’re on the ground floor or have a balcony.
- Lock your door, even when you’re inside your room and use a door wedge for extra security.
- Where possible, use spy-holes or chains before answering the door to anyone.
While you’re there…
- Be wary of new people trying to ‘befriend’ you, even if they’re holiday-makers. Never share where you’re staying or information about your itinerary.
- Wearing a wedding ring can help avoid potential harassment.
- Frustrating as it may be, it’s often best to ignore unwelcome propositions or remarks.
- If you feel that you’re in danger, don’t be afraid to shout – screaming ‘Fire!’ rather then ‘Help!’ often attracts more attention.
- If you want some company why not check out one of the many communities of global female travellers like Solocal where you can chat and meet with other like-minded people on your trip
- Never hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.
- Ask your hotel to recommend a taxi firm and try to pair up with someone you know when travelling by taxi.
- Always plan excursions as much as possible – know where you’re going, how to get there and how to get back.
Going out at night…
- Always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return.
- Be careful of people who ignore your personal space and make unwanted advances.
- Don’t leave venues with people you’ve only just met.
- ‘Date-rape’ drugs are colourless and normally tasteless when added to drinks. Never leave your drink unattended.
Lastly, remember that India is also a country full of warm, hospitable people, rich cultures and breath-taking sights. For all the difficulties faced by the solo traveller, it’s still worth the trip!
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