Now that most of the taboos related with women have fallen off and been discarded, the taboo regarding women traveling alone should also disappear. As a woman, you have the freedom to decide if you want to travel in groups or alone. It is a matter of personal choice and no one else has a say in it other than you. Women are advised to travel with husbands, family members or at least other female friends due to safety concerns.
Underneath the safety concerns, there is another dark apprehension that women cannot stay out of troubles when they are alone and on the roads. Well, the time has changed and women can handle unforeseen troubles as well as men can do. Traveling alone is a learning experience that acquaints an individual with his or her own thoughts and desires. It brings a candid feeling of freedom and independence that is invaluable. Dr Prem Jagyasi and community suggest why women should travel alone without taboos or qualms.
Lack of companion is no reason to cancel travel plans
Human are social animals but you cannot expect to have one or more companions for every endeavor. There will be times when you are free to travel but your friends and family will be busy. You need not confine yourself to home at such times just because you are a woman. Men go for solo trips often for the pleasure of solitude. You can learn to enjoy your own company as well. It is a life skill that makes you self-reliant and independent. Solo women travelers do not depend on others for moving around or having new experiences.
Your rules, your way
Traveling with family or group pf friends can sometimes be a daunting experience. Your companions may not be on the same page as you and want to visit places where you don’t want to go. Traveling in groups demand compromise and ruins the fun of trips. If you feel a strong wanderlust inside then you must travel solo so that you can explore the places you want to visit and do the things you want to do. You also need no one’s advice regarding best sight seeing times or accommodate the desires of others. You can eat, sleep, shop, party, rise late and do pretty much whatever you please.
Discover a new side if the old coin
When in company we are trained to act in a certain manner. Sometimes your voice gets submerged by those of others. If you have felt dominated by your fellows more than once or twice then it is time that you travel alone. While traveling alone and being the only one responsible for your personal safety you may get to discover a new side to you. The goody-two-shoes may fall off and you may learn to have fun without stuttering or feeling shy. Self-discovery is the best discovery for every individual.
Traveling alone can teach you some new life skills and you have to be more alert. If not all, at least some of the experiences will be positive, enthralling and wonderful. Both good and bad experiences are necessary for your personal growth. Try to travel to places where you can do something new like scuba diving, snorkeling or bungee jumping. New experiences are the key to freedom.
Though you should not trust strangers blindly, you will find new friends during your trip. People are often more helpful and kind to solo women travelers. Some solo women travelers have blogged about their experience when other travelers have bought them dinner and imparted necessary travel information.
Women can travel alone safely if they are a careful and follow some simple rules of safety. Do not go to places or mingle with people who make you feel threatened. Enjoy solo trips as they are the most enriching experience that you can get.