Itake about two solo trips a year. They’re mostly international destinations. I have travelled alone in India. I love to walk for hours and explore a place. I walk about 25-30 km a day while travelling. That’s how I experience the culture of a place and soak in its vibe. I spend time in small cafes, sipping beer or sangrias. A lot of my solo trips are about doing nothing. But in India — mostly because of the weather — it’s not always possible. I usually travel alone for some time and then my husband or someone else joins me later. I tend to pick one European city and explore just that. I’ve travelled to Milan, Vienna, London, Paris, Barcelona, Moscow and many other places on my own. I carry just about $100 or 100 euros in cash with me; the rest I pay for with my card. That’s very convenient as carrying a lot of money is always risky. I went to Ladakh a couple of years ago. It’s a familiar place, especially since I went to school there. The old town in Leh is one place I love.
I’d like to visit Gangtok alone soon. It looks like a place where I can walk a lot. I also end up meeting people I’ve met online and have now carried their friendships to the real world. So most places I go to, I know someone or the other. While travelling alone is great, I do keep a few things in mind. All women have a sixth sense about safety and it pays well to heed to it. I also have some thumb rules. I won’t be in a place that has graffiti on the walls after dark. That means those places aren’t supervised by the police. Any place that smells of urine is a bad idea. Another thing to remember is to have a plan for the day so you don’t drift and waste a lot of time in one place.”
I carry just about $100 or 100 euros of cash with me; the rest I pay for with my card. That’s very convenient as carrying a lot of money is always risky GUL PANAG, ACTOR