Shrawanti Saha

Woman's Era - - Con­tents -

Sud­denly ‘solo trav­el­ling’ has be­come an in-thing th­ese days. There used to be a time when trav­el­ling solo – and that too for a wo­man in her mid-twen­ties – wasn’t looked at too kindly not just by so­ci­ety but also by folks at home. The travel bug did bite me since child­hood as my par­ents were travel freaks and ev­ery va­ca­tion was meant for a re­treat to some off­beat des­ti­na­tion.

Over the course of time, I en­joyed the free­dom to plan, to take my own de­ci­sions, do my kind of things with­out wor­ry­ing about the com­fort or lik­ing of any­body else. Most im­por­tantly, the op­por­tu­nity to know/in­ter­act with other trav­ellers I crossed paths with helped me re­flect, soul search, pon­der and do all of this with­out be­ing judged. At the end of ev­ery travel I found my­self trans­formed to a bet­ter, su­per- smarter per­son with the abil­ity and wit to han­dle tricky, un­fore­seen sit­u­a­tions.

The trav­ellers’ hos­tels which are safe and pocket-friendly is al­ways my stay op­tion.

Solo trav­els and hos­tel stays can be quite en­rich­ing and there was never an awk­ward mo­ment when I felt in­tim­i­dated or lonely. So, that’s where a new jour­ney be­gins!

I think this ad­ven­tur­ous lot has more than done jus­tice to the ‘solo trav­eller’ ti­tle that be­comes as­so­ci­ated with their names. Ev­ery des­ti­na­tion seems to re­mind th­ese pas­sion­ate trav­ellers of the des­ti­na­tions elud­ing them and this des­per­ate quest drives them head­long into the places un­seen, un­heard of.

Fi­nally, make no mis­take – ow­ing a DSLR doesn’t make any­one a pho­tog­ra­pher but trav­el­ling does.

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