Mon­ica Suri

Woman's Era - - Con­tents -

I’d like to be known as a to­tally fear­less solo trav­eller, dot­ing mother, ambitious hote­lier and en­ter­tain­ing story-teller. Mem­o­ries of my jour­ney across 22 states of In­dia, 30 coun­tries around the world, my pas­sion to re­main fit and healthy and fi­nan­cially se­cure get in­tense ev­ery time I feel so en­gaged with life.

Through my write-ups I dream of in­spir­ing more women who as­pire to ex­plore, reach their full po­ten­tial, con­quer their dreams, travel alone, speak up and never get lost.

Travel gives us com­plete free­dom – to shed the bag­gage of ev­ery­day life, make our own choices, and just be the per­son we al­ways wanted to be? Many a time, han­dling a cri­sis sin­gle-handed be­comes a part of solo travel. Be­ing stranded at an air­port with an ex­pir­ing visa could be a case. The ‘ifs and buts and what-ifs’ equip us to han­dle un­ex­pected sit­u­a­tions. Solo women trav­ellers ex­pe­ri­ence so many ec­static mo­ments in their lives that they fully ac­cept the risks, if at all any, they run into.

Trav­el­ling solo helped me dis­cover and re­dis­cover my­self that helped me grow stronger. I choose to travel solo be­cause I love to do things at my will, speed and con­ve­nience. Walk­ing at 4.00 am in the Bev­erly Hills in Los An­ge­les to watch sun­rise and ex­plore the area while ev­ery­one slept was pos­si­ble be­ing solo. Un­spoilt beauty, friendly lo­cals and in­clu­sive­ness are my cri­te­ria of a per­fect des­ti­na­tion.

Af­ter my solo trip to Ubud in Bali, I’m un­stop­pable. Mak­ing friends in each coun­try I visit has be­come a hobby that comes with a perk. That

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