Gul Panag

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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

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