Five Crazy Things I Did While Traveling Solo in India

They tried telling me it was a bad idea, that I was foolish and I was taking a huge risk traveling to India alone as a solo girl. That I was probably going to get mugged, raped, or even murdered. But the more and more criticism I got for wanting to go to India, the more enticing it all seemed, and I became drawn to India like a moth to a flame.

India is a profoundly striated society, where you can find everything from the Dalits or “untouchables,” to the filthy rich Sultans. It has every possible range of social status and everyone seems to know their role in society. The same applies for women. Although things are changing rapidly, in India women are still expected to fit into a certain role, and those who deviate outside that role are generally looked at with disapproval by the collective eyes of society.

In general, traveling alone as a woman in India still isn’t accepted by the majority, but if you do decide to travel alone just make sure you always heed the local’s advice, since they’re usually telling you something not to treat you like a child, but to share their experiences and help you. I’ve always been a bit of a rebel, so I didn’t always take everyone’s advice to heart, and sometimes I did some pretty crazy things and was told afterwards by my Indian friends that I was lucky I made it out to tell the tale. So without further hesitation, let me tell you about some of the crazy sh*t I did while I was traveling solo in India.. 

 

This family shared their food with me after taking a photo with them

Traveled in General Class On the Night Train and Took Local Government Buses

 

 

After I left Gaya, Bihar, I wound up at the Patna train station in the middle of the night at around 3 in the morning. Bihar is notorious in India as being one of the most dangerous states for foreigners to travel. The station was one of the dodgiest stations I’d ever seen in India, and that’s really saying a lot, since most of the stations can be shady. I didn’t know what else to do, since I couldn’t book the ticket in advance since I didn’t have internet at the time, and all the tickets were already sold out. So I was stuck either waiting at the dodgy train station with no security in the middle of the night, or hopping on the next general class train. I chose the General Class, and it ended up being one of the most dreadful, shocking, yet real experiences I’d ever had while traveling in India.

When I got on the train, what seemed like hundreds of eyes of men were staring at me as I walked around trying to find a seat in the dark, walking over bodies sleeping in the aisles and finding a seat next to what I thought was another woman. I huddled up against her with five other people sitting in my same seat cramped up against me in the sweltering heat. People’s feet and other parts were touching me in every which place that I won’t mention here, whether unintentional or not. I’ll forever remember it as being 14 plus hours of pure bitter hell.

 

Notice someone’s foot resting on my leg – There were three other people sitting in my seat

 

Which is why as I mentioned in my recent article “Solo Female Travel to India: My Best Tips” to always, always book your train and bus tickets in advance when traveling in India. I didn’t sleep all night, and when it was finally morning after what seemed like forever, some military guys came over and helped me find another seat with some space. They told me my shirt was too sheer and I should go change since it wasn’t safe. I was so thankful for these guys being there, since they helped me find out where I was and where I needed to go when I got off the train. When I went to get my bag and finally get off the train ride from Hell, the three old women sitting on my backpack got up and it was almost torn in half. I will Never. Ever. Take general class again. ‘Nuff said.

When I took the local government bus from Nepal to cross the border into India, I was told it would take 26 hours to get to Varanasi. I was also told I’d need to change buses at the border. Everything seemed fine, until it was night and I could barely see anything. I woke up in the middle of a light sleep and heard some noises next to me, and turns out a man was sitting next to me and masturbating! I started freaking out when he tried putting his hands on me, and in a split second he got up and ran down the aisle in the dark and I didn’t see where he sat since the bus was so big and it was pitch black.

 

Riding the local bus

 

Darjeeling train station 

 

 

 

 

So I sat there frozen and hyperventilating in the dark, paranoid about anyone trying to sit next to me. When it started to get light outside, I moved to the middle of the bus and sat next to this family. I told them what happened to me, and the father looked at me and noticed I was wearing some long shorts. He chastised me, saying it isn’t safe to wear clothes like that on the bus and I should change. He then proceeded to tell me about some tours he was selling since he was apparently a tour guide. Yeah, so the whole incident was my fault. In India, it’s still the woman’s fault if a man sexually harasses her. This is something to bear in mind when traveling solo. I thought I was safe, since I’d seen many foreigners wearing shorts and tank tops in Nepal. But this wasn’t Nepal anymore, and I realized I’d already crossed the border into India…

 

Cramped with so many bodies in the sweltering heat, with mostly men in the General Class train

 

 

 

Crowded old city – Varanasi

 

Walked Around the Streets Wearing A Burka

 

Hyderabad is a predominantly Muslim city in India. It’s filled with breathtaking ancient mosques and colorful street markets. One day I was walking in one of the markets and noticed a burka shop selling some fashionable looking burkas. I decided to pop in and try some on, and wouldn’t you know, I found a relatively fancy one, and decided to get it.

The next day, I tried doing a little experiment. I’d be a tourist for another day in Hyderabad, only this time, I’d be wearing a burka. I wanted to see the reactions of the local people, and if I’d be treated any differently if no one saw my blonde hair. And turns out, I was definitely treated differently! I remember walking down the dusty red roads in the blazing hot afternoon, with only my eyes showing. No cat calls or rickshaw drivers yelling at me to get in for a ride, no one running up to me trying to sell me anything from cotton swabs to fake gemstones, no creepy excessive staring, no eve teasing. Nothing.

 

Trying to blend in at a mosque in Hyderabad 

 

In fact, I was completely ignored, and treated like I didn’t even exist at all. I was standing in line that afternoon to buy my train ticket, and some men cut ahead of me. When I started speaking with the cashier, the men looked stunned after she chastised them and told them they should treat ladies better. I knew I’d blown my cover, especially since my head piece kept slipping, revealing my blonde hair. No sooner had that happened when some kid came up to me and told me he could help me find a bus ticket, since he knew I was having trouble getting a ticket at the counter since they were all sold out.

 

Undercover 

 

Beautiful views at a fort in Hyderabad

 

So we all walked together, me still in my burka, and he and his father down the road to get a bus ticket. He was telling me it’s dangerous for foreigners to be on their own in India. It turns out I was treated drastically differently, for better AND for worse. Wearing the burka also helped me ease in and out unnoticed at the beautiful mosques, since women had to pretty much be all covered up, anyway. I’d say it’s one of the easiest ways to explore Hyderabad!

 

 

Wore A Bikini At the Beach Outside Goa

 

 

Most parts of India are extremely conservative, and often times when you visit its beaches, you’ll see the locals completely covered from head to toe, even the men. There are very few places you can go in India as a girl and feel relaxed to wear whatever you want, with Goa being one of the few exceptions. One of the places I visited was Kerala, in the South. It has a spectacular beach, Kovalum, which I stayed at for a few days. There was one day at sunset when I decided to swim in my bikini. I’d seen a few other foreigners there swimming, so thought it would be just fine.

 

Notice the unsubtle staring – walking on this beach with all the stares

 

Crowds of men started gathering around and staring and taking photos with their phones, and for the most part, everything went ok. Except when they came out in the water as a group, and when the tide got high and the waves pulled us out and I accidentally crashed near them, they all tried grabbing at me at once and laughing about it. And this was in broad daylight in front of plenty of other tourists. I’d recommend limiting your bikini wearing to when you’re at a beach in some place like Goa that’s filled with other foreigners so you can feel safer and not risk getting harrassed. In my case, I wore a bikini at an all Indian beach, where everyone was swimming out in the water fully clothed. Yeah, maybe I felt a bit more relaxed since it wasn’t my first time being in India. But if you want to avoid creepy prolonged stares and possible sexual harassment, I’d recommend wearing a bikini on the touristy beaches of Goa where there are other foreigners, and avoid wearing one on any other beach, even in Kerala.

 

 Wearing a bikini on Kovalum beach, Kerala – A mostly Indian beach

 

Something else that disturbed me while traveling in India were the many incidences of random men flashing me porn videos on their phones. A few times I stopped my bike on the side of the road to get tea or do some shopping, and I’d look over and some random dude would be flashing some white girl getting screwed on his phone. For some reason it seems lots of Indian males think that all white girls traveling in India do porn or are prostitutes and are in India for “business”. It’s really a disturbing mentality, but luckily over time it’s changing. I threw my hot tea at him and was hoping some of it got on his phone, then sped off on my bike while flipping him the bird.

 

 

Walked Around Bihar and Digha Beach Alone

 

Bihar has a reputation among locals as being one of the most dangerous places to visit in India. I went to a city called Bodhgaya, which is known as the city of Buddha’s Enlightenment. Bodhgaya is filled with temples from all different cultures, including Burma and Tibet. I went there in the low season, so I didn’t really see any other foreigners hanging around.

 

 

Cow selfie in Varanasi – I swear there were more cows than people here, which are free to walk around the city and no one touches them

 

Getting a mahendi or henna tatoo at Lagpat Nagar, one of the coolest markets in Delhi

 

I remember walking through Bodhgaya as the sun was setting, and thinking to myself that there didn’t seem to be much around to be so afraid of. But then someone from the temple started following me back to my guesthouse. Turns out he’d actually been working for my guesthouse, and said it was too dangerous for women to be walking around here alone. So he started following me around the market, which started wearing on my nerves and irritating me. I then called someone to speak in Hindi to him and ask what was going on. He explained to him and said it was best he followed me home as it wasn’t safe to walk around alone, so he ended up following me all the way back to the guesthouse just to make sure I was safe.

I’m not sure of the history Bihar, but it seems the people are my guesthouse were pretty worried about foreign women walking around there alone.

 

Sometimes even a dress like this is considered too revealing – People were swimming in all their clothes

 

I also took a short excursion from Kolkata and traveled to a very remote place that most foreigners don’t travel to, Digha beach. It was apparently so dangerous that a group of guys my age told me they didn’t feel right letting me find a hotel on my own, so they followed me in a rickshaw and made sure I found one. They also ended up staying in the same place as me.

 

These stares, this group of guys followed me all down the beach in Digha – Every time I looked behind me I saw them following me and staring

 

Chennai beach – Everyone was fully clothed, even showing my shoulders got me some negative attention

 

When I went to the beach alone, groups of men would gawk endlessly and follow me around in hoards. I also went swimming for a while but didn’t feel comfortable in just a bikini since I was the only foreigner there, so I put a cover up beach dress on. When I was out in the water, gangs of men gathered round and were noticeably staring at me, and ended up following me as I was walking down the beach.

Later that day the hotel manager told me I need to switch rooms since he didn’t trust the guys I’d traveled there with who’d tried helping me earlier that day, and said he thought they were “up to no good”. I later heard from the guys that apparently they’d overheard the management talking about how they placed a camera in my new room. I was freaking out at that point, and just couldn’t wait to get the hell out of that town…

 

The only Westerner on the street

 

Went to Places Off Limits to Foreigners

 

There are lots of places in India it seems that are off limits to foreigners, temples being one of them. It’s bad enough there are separate lines for nearly every attraction in India, one for Indians, the other for “Foreigners” where the price is usually hiked 10X or more the actual price. But then there are also religious sites and temples with signs that read “Foreigners Not Allowed” or “Hindus Only.” In all my experiences traveling in Asia, I was never not allowed to go inside a temple because of my nationality or religious beliefs.

 

This temple had some signs that read “No Foreigners Allowed” and “No Non-Hindus”

 

But in India, it’s a totally different story. I went in the temple alone, so luckily I was the only foreigner around and could maneuver through a bit more easily and unnoticed. I managed to see some parts of the temple that were supposedly off limits so I could see what the freak was going on in there. Turns out it was just another beautiful ceremony happening! But still, signs like these are disheartening and don’t make foreigners feel very welcome in India. Fortunately, India is a massive country, and there are so many beautiful places to see to get discouraged by the few places that don’t allow foreigners to visit.

 

Traditional Hindu ceremony outside a temple in Mysore – Foreigners weren’t allowed in a lot of parts of the temple

 

Oh India, you’re like an ex who I can’t seem to get rid of but that I’m still in love with. Your thoughts? I hope this article was helpful to you in some way! Let me know what you think in the comments or by liking and sharing my article with the social media links. I’d love to keep giving you tips and advice so feel free to follow me by clicking on the Follow Box below. And don’t forget you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube! Keep a look out for my upcoming article “Six Quirky Things You Only Find in Vietnam.”

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  1. Sidd Chopra says:

    I would certainly say without a doubt that you are a brave soul. Even as we live in Delhi, a metropolitan of sorts, my Sister has issues going alone at night so sometimes I had to tag along as her bodyguard. 🙂 it wasn’t always fun because people still are upto some kind of trouble. Even jogging in our own neighbourhood in shorts would be troublesome since people not living in this are would after hang out at the park, staring and ogling at women. I’m surprised that you came out of this experience. And all the best for your future endeavours.
    Ps: my sis goes alone everywhere as she is settled in Singapore. :))

    1. Hi Sidd!

      Thanks for the kind words 🙂 Yes that is the thing is that sometimes life in India can be quite restrictive for women, but at the same time I feel a lot more high crimes and violence against women happens in the West than in India. I still felt safe traveling there compared to my home city in the U.S. where violence is rampant. And it is definitely changing over time but it’s change in mentality that is most important. Cheers and have an awesome day! Xx

  2. reeta says:

    Not sure why you wanted to have a challenging time in India and dislike much of your experience for the sake of a challenge? Of course your clothes matter. It’s still India. Read some of the recent papers and violence against women in daylight in public places.

    1. Hi Reeta!

      I was aiming to travel as the locals do instead of traveling with all these unncessary comforts people think they need all the time. I also think that a lot more rape and violent crimes happen against women in the West where I’m from especially, in the US, but it doesn’t go as public since these are developed rich countries and all the attention instead goes to poorer less developed nations when anything ever happens especially to a foreigner. I was wanting to shed light on the fact that tourists shouldn’t be so afraid to come to India, since I feel it is actually a lot safer than many places in the West. Cheers and have a nice day! Xxx

  3. India is a bizarre country in the world. 🙂 It is difficult to explain in words. I just hope you had a nice time here.

    1. Hey Deepak!

      Yes it truly is, which is why it is my favorite place in the world and I will always go back 🙂 I had the most incredible experiences of my life traveling there, and I wouldn’t change anything for a minute, not even the negative experiences. Xx

  4. Abhimanyu says:

    Hi, I find this article just like any other foreigner trying to malign india with stories of “poor,dirty,filthy people” to get some quick attention and create controversies so that this blog collects enormous views. My observations from the article are as follows:

    1. Why did the writer not pay any heed from people warning her of traveling alone as a foreigner? Why the writer did not take any local help from online communities before going there? She choose to ignore them completely and continue with her journey to the most dangerous state of india and that too in a general compartment (why would anyone do this? she could have done this general compartment journey in any other state, no but she choose bihar only so that a problematic situation arises and she gets some masala for her article)

    2. I truly agree that India is country which is dominated by male population and many of them have cheap mentality when they see a white skin..The writer again without consulting and planning went to such over-crowded south Indian towns and beaches. The beaches where the writer visited where even normal good family indian people never visit in their shorts,bikinis or trunks..there are lots of other beaches and places where you can wear all this beach wear and have a good time without being stalked by creepy men,only if she had asked some help from online communities she would have never come across all this trouble in abundance.

    3. Yes i agree there are quite a few temples and cultural places in India (specially south India) where foreigners are not allowed in or have to pay a high entrance fee… but 75% temples in India let foreigners visit temples without any kind of discrimination…but as you can see the writer choose to visit only temples which were banned for foreigners, again all this situation was created because lack of knowledge and basic substantial understanding of the country.

    TIPS: If you choose to travel india all by yourself please do it without any doubts but please atleast stay in a good/decent accommodations instead of staying in some shady hotels and lodges (you will never have any problem of shifting rooms or any kind of camera in your room) please do your proper study of Do’s & Dont’s when you choose to visit a city/town/villiage. Please take help from online communities or make some local trust worthy friends who can guide you at any given time. Respect the culture and surroundings to have hassle free visit.

    These are my personal observations and please dont take it personally as i have empathy with some incidents you had to undergo with, when you write about any negative side of your trip you should be fair and also write about the positive side too…the country who hosted you with so much affection should not be negatively shamed in such heinous manner because of your and others faults. Remember my friend, there is a very thin line between being brave and being called foolish. May your next trip in India be a much much better one than what you have experienced, times are changing…India is changing…experience the new India.

    1. Hi Bhai,

      I sure hope you don’t categorize me with other Westerners who are bashing on India, trust me my love and respect of India runs deep. This article isn’t meant to be one sided and just point out the negatives, note I said the “crazy” things I did in India, which were not the norm for most travelers I agree. But I did it with a sense of adventure, and trying to inspire other travelers, especially women to come to India. If you look at my previous article about India I point out many positives of my experience there. And honestly I am wearing a smile in most of the photos, why? Because I didn’t let any negative experience I had there weigh me down, since the positive ones always outshined the negatives.

      Also my Indian partner and friends did warn me and help guide me around at times. However I did do a lot of things randomly and without much planning, and sometimes wound up in these kinds of situations. But at the same time I wanted a raw and real experience of traveling in India, not some stupid Western comforts that I didn’t really need. Also I had the choice of either hanging around some shady station in Bihar at night or hopping on the next train, in that case I chose the train since hanging around any train station in any country isn’t that safe.

      Also you have to understand as much as I respect the locals advice and my Indian partners advice, at the same time I am a very adventurous person and would do my own thing regardless of what any of my loved ones tells me, I am extremely stubborn and hard headed. Also the places I visited in Goa I had just as many experiences of being stared at and followed, it wasn’t just limited to the Chennai or other non touristed beaches. But in general Goa is more of a tourist destination and is considered to be better for solo female travelers. But honestly Bhai it just made me sad that Indian men would see me and think this way, they wouldn’t dare do the same to one of their Indian sisters, which is why I felt upset seeing it and hope that mentality changes over time.

      I was able to visit some incredible places without boundaries for foreigners, notice in the article I backed up that statement with including a line about how there are boundless destinations for travelers to go without any problems entering, I just noted there are only a few places that don’t allow foreigners.

      And to be honest my prior travels in India were experiences as a backpacker, who stays in hostels and cheaper accomodations, not nice hotels which people stay when they are on holiday. The hostel and backpacker infrastructure is lacking in India as they are not as used to backpackers as countries like say Nepal, which is why I did my best to find cheaper accomodation such as guesthouses and hostels, but the facilities were really lacking cause you get what you pay for. Which is fine, but in any case I traveled this way again to get a really raw and real experience of traveling through India, not some white washed tour guided fake experience, and this is what I want to share with others, again not to paint India in a negative fashion but just to let people know about my solo experiences and how through experimenting and trial and error I figured out some of the things I had done were considered to be a bit daring by locals points of view. I was not going to India for a hastel free visit, I went there to get the hastles so I could grow up and become an experienced traveler there.

      I do agree in this article I was not focusing as much on the positive side, but please not I always said I grew and learned from these experiences, which is why after they happened I said looking back on them and reflecting they were a bit crazy, but at the time it didn’t feel that way. I said in my previous article on India that the love and warmth and humanity I felt from most of the people outweighed the minor negative experiences, which is why India is a country which will always hold dear in my heart and which I will always return to no matter what. I am definitely not trying to shame any Indians as believe me I have much more respect for them and the way they treat foreigners compared to most of the Western countries I’ve traveled. There is no need to shame anyone in this situation, from both sides it’s a learning experience and we are always growing as humans. I am just trying to share my experiences in a neutral, honest, no bullshit approach. I can’t wait to go back actually, and see other sides I haven’t seen before. The good thing is that yes, it is always changing and fast, which is why I’m excited for when I come back.

      Thanks for all your insights and taking the time to read this 🙂 I hope you don’t think in any way I am bashing the country I have the most love and respect for. I’ll always consider India to be my home, hell I might even settle there one day! Xxx

  5. Anna says:

    I lived in India and the images make me cringe. In any country, showing up in bikini in the place where everyone is fully dressed is roughly equivalent to showing up in a European city centre in bikini. While you won’t be raped (same as in India you were not), you are guaranteed unwanted attention, and also from police, who will ask you to cover up (just in India police is not so strict). Also, you’ll be denied access to shops and restaurants.
    Now you’ve done the same in India, and this is somehow considered courageous.

    1. Blossom says:

      Hi Anna!

      How long did you live in India for? Which city(ies) were you in? It is true in these circumstances I was given a lot of unwanted attention, just during these short experiments, since the majority of the time I was abiding by the norms and wearing the appropriate dress.

      I wasn’t exactly looking for a courage badge or anything, it was just an experiment of mine I wanted to test and I got some very different results, from wearing a bikini to wearing a burka. Thanks for your insights, I’d love to hear more about what it was like living in India! I just stayed there for a max of three months, but may be settling there in the future.

      Xxx

  6. Anna says:

    I also travelled alone in India, including remote areas of Himalayas and some poor suburbs, but nothing bad has ever happened to me.
    Sometimes I also break dress code for convenience, such as when going to the gym wearing muay thai shorts (they barely reach to the middle of my thighs), but lots of men and a few Indian girls do the same in this area for the sake of convenience, so nobody cares.
    To be fair, once police stopped me though, asking about my purpose, and since that time I make sure my boxing gloves are strapped to my backpack on the outside, so that nobody has any doubts about my purpose.

    1. Blossom says:

      Hi Anna,

      Wow that is incredible!! Were you mostly in Himachal? That is one place in India I haven’t been yet, although I have explored the himalayas in Nepal, which are a bit more relaxed I think than in India.

      The police in India can be quite overbearing. It always blows my mind how they seem to care more about a couple kissing on a bridge than some serious crime like rape. I found this in a lot of SE Asia as I’d lived in Vietnam for 8 months, but at the same time they are a lot less conservative than in India. Xxx

  7. Jai Lawania says:

    So Beautifully described the all colours of India. At times it’s great to see your own country from the eyes of a visitor n I must say you did justice to your job. Keep up the great work.

    1. Hi Jai,

      Thanks a lot, India is truly a remarkable place to travel!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed my article. 🙂 Hope to see you back for more tidbits and travel tips.

      Have a fantastic day!

      Xxx

  8. Vipin chand sharma says:

    A honest stories from dishonest writer. Defying the danger signals only to depict worst indian facets with the aim to sensationalize her blog. It is true that only horror Indian stories can be sold in Western world. And writer has followed the same.
    In what way she is encouraging solo females by depicting only the worst face. I have hosted many solo westerner female travellers. They have both good and bad experiences but not worst to the extent as depicted by Blossom. As their aim was to travel, not experience the worst.
    At least author should have placed one line in her blog that if you are not good at your wits don’t visit India.
    Blossom has depicted true stories, intended only to sell her write-ups, this is not a honest writing.

    1. Hi Vipin,

      In no way was I trying to create some over sensationalized writing just to get attention. I travel to find adventure and could care less whether I attract attention or not. If you don’t base your judgment just on one article and note my other articles on India, I don’t paint India in a solely negative light, in fact I always stress how India is my favorite place I’ve ever traveled and how I will always cherish my moments there and always wish to return again and again. And I can’t be honest and dishonest at the same time. I try to give the most raw and straightforward versions of my experiences in India, not some sugar coated fluffy stuff to protect people. I am not necessarily encouraging other travelers to travel in India like this, note I said in the title of this article “Crazy things” and am not expecting others to follow what I did, if anything I am advising them of how not to travel in India. These aren’t even horror stories, if they were SO negative I wouldn’t still be wearing a smile on my face in my photos and promoting India as the favorite place I’ve ever been. I have utmost respect and admiration for India and it’s culture and in no way meant to harm the image or reputation of India, if anything I want to encourage solo female travelers to give India a chance and not listen to any media or any sensationalized stories and give it a try.

      Xxx

  9. inspired says:

    You are amazing! More ladies need to read your blog for inspiration. Damn!I am proud of you.

    1. Thanks a lot for all your support Inspired!! It is deeply appreciated. Hope you keep coming back to my page for tidbits and travel info. Have a fantastic day ahead!

      Xxx

  10. Saransh says:

    A lot of my friends from US and Europe have travelled to India and they have similar sort of experiences. I met a guy from Germany in Mallorca who travelled to India for a month and though he went trough a lot of crazy and not so good experiences, but those are the moments which made his trip exciting and worthy of sharing his travel memories. Bad things happen to people all over the world, but I admire that you did not let it stop you from experiencing situations and visiting places which are notoriously famous. Instead of scratching the surface (like most of the tourist), you actually lived every experience and situation.
    On the contrary a lot of female friends I have hate India and do no wish to travel alone. I guess this liking or disliking depends on a person’s capabilities and acceptance to enter a new world, their efforts to understand it and then live in that world as if it’s their own. Some people are just stubborn to adjust and that’s the reason that they have little acceptance to change.

    But they forget that, “The adventure cannot be found in comfort.”

    “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” Alex Supertramp

    1. Hi Saransh,

      I love that line “Adventure cannot be found in comfort” and this is exactly the moto I lived by while traveling in India 🙂

      And yes it’s so true, negative experiences also bring excitement and memories to cherish, it’s not only the positive ones. And despite any and all negative experiences I had in India, I’ll still always go back and consider it my favorite place I’ve ever traveled.

      And thanks so much for understanding, you can see exactly where I’m coming from in my article and understand completely how it was I was traveling and why! That is so refreshing, since this post seems to have gained a lot of negative feedback which was not my intention.

      And yes it’s so true people have difficulties adapting and being flexible in general, or are less open minded about having to adapt when they travel, they’d rather have their comforts all laid out for them. Thanks for your insights, they are much appreciated!

      Xxx

  11. Manish Kumar says:

    Well , Gaya is my birthplace and I spent two decades of my life in Patna. I have been twice to Digha also. These places can not be called dangerous in general.

    But then you are right that female solo traveler has to take extra precautions in terms of dressing, booking of trains etc. to keep out of unwanted situations as faced by you.

    1. Hi Manish,

      Nothing against your birth place or anything, I sure hope these cities get more foreign tourists in the near future, both male and female travelers! 🙂 Honestly in a lot of the travel forums Bihar and West Bengal didn’t come up top in the lists. And it’s true you’ve got to keep your wits about you and dress accordingly. Given a chance if I happen to be in India again I’d love to explore some of the unexplored areas. Xx

  12. Looks like you had a great time. U always wanted to visit India.

    1. Hi Daniel,

      Thanks a lot! 🙂 India is incredible, I don’t think anyone should miss it traveling to that part of the world..

      Xxx

      Blossom

    2. Hi Daniel,

      Thanks a lot! It was definitely the experience of a lifetime, can’t wait to return..

      Xxx

  13. Savan says:

    I travel solo myself. Din’t really know how it feels for a women to travel alone. It was thrilling and bit scary to read your experience. Respect for your courage.

    1. Hi Savan,

      Thanks a lot, I appreciate all your support.

      I’m so glad you liked reading this! 🙂 Hope to see you on my page again.

      Kudos to you for being able to travel solo!

      Xx

      Blossom

    2. Hi Savan,

      Thanks a lot, I’m so glad you enjoyed my article. I appreciate it and hope you keep coming back for more travel tidbits! Hope you have a fantastic day! 🙂

      Xxx

      Blossom

  14. Sue Marcelle says:

    You are soo brave.

    1. Hi Sue,

      Thanks a lot for your support, it’s much appreciated! 🙂

      Xxx

  15. Deb says:

    Hi
    Blossom !!!
    It’s great to know that you liked and loved India and nice to know that you will come back once again in India.
    People say you will a always find love in India .Did you find your true love in India??😀

    1. Hi Deb,

      Yes, India was the first place I went to in Asia and I’ve fallen in love ever since! I hope to go back there very soon. Thanks so much for all your support! Xxx

      1. Deb says:

        Nice to hear that blossom!! You were in Vietnam as a teacher, if I m not wrong .and currently you are in Leeds I guess as your fb says so.any plans coming back to Vietnam?? Or may be India?? You did not got my point in my last post !! I asked did you get any Indian bf ?? People say they are super romantic 😊

        1. Hi Deb!

          Thanks a lot, I was working as teacher in Vietnam for almost one year. Well at the moment I’m not sure what my future plans would be, but for now I’m working in my previous field in medical device regulations here in the U.K. 🙂 Well at the moment yes I am seeing an Indian guy, hopefully we can visit India together some time soon! 🙂 Xxx

          1. Deb says:

            Wow nice to know ur future plans !! Well so r u in relation with Indian guy already who is also in UK ?? Or u found someone in India only whom u like to meet again there !!!😀😀

          2. Hi Deb,

            Thanks a lot!! Yeah he is in the UK 🙂 but hoping to visit India again soon! Xx

  16. Shubham Swaroop says:

    Hi I saw you first on your visit to India I was in Lonavala(hill station near Mumbai) at that moment .
    I am a travel professional and that ia bcs m passionate, also think of being a blogger or travel writer but the thing is you can only able to write when u travel for your desire.
    Though it depends every individual have their theory
    .
    U know India very well so for ppl like me its not easy to quit job leave family and go for travelling I am very near too my question who you mange your travel in monetary terms .
    You need some amount to travel so if I plan to go London then how ??
    And the other most desirable question to maintain your intensity towards travelling after having an experience of low budget trips??
    So till now I am not very much into social media but may be if the trip to Serengeti (march /july 2018)happens will surely put it towards ppl.
    Awaiting for your thoughts #keep walking

    1. Hi Shubham,

      I totallly understand!! It is quite difficult to leave one’s job and take a long backpacking trip. I think writing comes from within, even if you’re not traveling you could be doing so in your mind! 😉

      There are loads of cheap destinations to travel in the world, especially in SE Asia! Have you considered traveling there? I think places like Bali, Malaysia, and Thailand are a great start. I think London is quite pricey to go as a backpacker, you’re better off trying out the cheaper travel destinations! I list some in my blog here: http://wandering-blossom.com/2017/03/30/9-useful-tips-on-how-to-save-money-when-you-travel/.

      Keep up with your dreams to backpack, it is easily doable on a budget! I hope to see you back on my site!

      Xxxx

      Blossom

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