I don’t care what anyone says, traveling solo is scary. Traveling as a solo female traveler, well that can be scarier.
I am not saying that women are weak and we can’t handle ourselves. On the contrary – I believe we are strong, but I think we are underestimated. Truth be told, we are still women. There is only so much physical strength, which is why I find traveling solo scary and even scarier as a female.
I feel as though in today’s day and age we can travel to most countries and we will be fine. It really is, most of time, about common sense. Don’t walk alone, at 3:00 am in a new city looking for directions to your hotel – You will get mugged.
There are certain destinations that make the atmosphere of traveling as a solo female scary.
Which is why I wouldn’t travel India alone.
India is a beautiful country with so much history, culture and just absolute beauty. But unfortunately, India is a prime example of not welcoming Western women to travel solo.
Not all, but some women in India are highly affected by domestic violence or rape. There is a different line of ‘respect’ towards females in India. A lot of the generation is still ‘old school’ so there isn’t much respect. The stereotype, that men have towards Western women are that they are more ‘sexual’. Making their looks and murmurs not so welcoming.
There is also something to say about a woman’s intuition. Some of us have it and some of us don’t. I’d like to say that most women I have met have intuition and in some way or another they have learned to listen to it. And it’s probably saved their lives.
As I mentioned before, most of being safe has to do with common sense. Not being too flashy, trying to look like a local, not walking around late hours of night alone, etc.
So in India, you dress appropriately. Covering your shoulders and legs. First off out of respect for the culture and secondly women aren’t allowed to show skin.
Also, the temples you visit won’t allow you to enter if you aren’t appropriately dressed. That goes for you too men!
My point is that regardless of how covered I was or wasn’t (and I was covered), I still got stares. Now, ladies I am not talking about a glance that lasted a second. I am talking about a STARE. Like holy smokes! A stare like they had never seen a female before. Not even kidding. That right there scares the crap outta me!
I just didn’t feel welcomed.
Not to mention that you don’t see many women on the streets either. I mean you see women, but not as much as men. Men seem to populate the streets more so than women.
I wouldn’t recommend traveling India alone as a female. When you reach India the best way to travel safely is to meet up with a local tour, or a big group, or a retreat. If not, then find a tour, like I did. You will still be confronted by what you see and experience. But don’t go alone.
There are certain countries that welcome the female solo traveler, in fact most do, and other aren’t quite there yet. India is still an absolutely beautiful country and if you’re considering a trip, make it happen. But when a local of India tells you not to go to India alone, that should be your red flag. Don’t go to India alone.
DISCLAIMER: ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS ARTICLE ARE THE AUTHOR’S OWN AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF LADIES GONE GLOBAL.