I looked at the birds resting on the tree and smiled. That was the moment I decided to only do what I love to do. And I love to travel.
Meet Laura Rinderknecht, the divorcee who sold her house, quit her job and spent the next 10 months travelling the world.
Chaotic and bamboozling, travelling in India can be confronting, even for the experienced traveller. The reality for solo female travellers is it can be even more challenging, but don’t let that put you off exploring incredible India.
This amazing country is so full of colour, fascinating people, religious icons, ancient sites, fabulous street food and diverse landscapes. India is everything and more, and all at once. You wouldn’t want to miss this sensory overload of saris, sacred cows, slums, spices, car horns and incense!
You know how it is, a destination takes your fancy and you really want to go there – like now! – but there’s no one to go with. Your friends would rather spend their money on going out or buying clothes, or they give you a vague “maybe” for a date well into the future. So what do you do? Do you wait on the off chance that someone will eventually say yes to travelling with you, or do you just go ahead and plan to go by yourself?
It’s not always an easy answer, especially if you find the thought of travelling alone daunting or you haven’t travelled before. But if you wait, then you may always be waiting, and fortune favours the brave after all. Intrepid’s Jacqueline Donaldson has taken off on her own more than once, and lived to tell the tale, so here’s her tips on travelling solo…