How to Survive India Alone As A Girl


Image result for Survive India Alone As A GirlTraveling to India can be one of the most exciting and life-changing choices of your life. As they say, you will never return the same person as you left. However, many people choose to travel through this exquisitely old-worldly country in a group or as a couple. It is rare to find girls traveling alone although some do they can be the target of overly eager men or wind up as prey of a scam or worse. I myself came to India with a friend and then we decided to go our separate ways for a few weeks. I thus headed to the southern tip of India full of adventure. Five months later my memories are full and I never regret a moment of it, however, here are some things I learned to keep myself safer:
1. Dress conservatively. Yes, It can be extremely hot, especially after monsoon season, but try to mimic the other women around you so you don’t stand out like a sore thumb or attract unwanted attention. Some good choices of clothing are a Punjabi dress (this is a dress, usually short-sleeved that comes with matching trousers and scarf) or a shin to ankle long skirt matched with a tee-shirt. These can be found in all Indian bazaars with varying colors, fabrics and styles depending on the region you are in. Avoid sleeveless shirts, low-cut or shorts or skirts that flaunt too much leg. You can save these outfits for the more touristy beaches of Goa and Kerala.
2. Do not talk to any men in train stations. For some reason the strangest, loneliest and potentially most dangerous guys tend to hang out at train stations. I was looking for a train to somewhere in Kerala and asked a nearby man where to find it. He promptly told me it has been canceled and I would need to spend the night at the station and then went to buy me a ticket for a morning train. There were of course more trains than that. Afterward, he refused to take my money and instead took me to a place to wait which turned out to be a train station hotel and got me a room-with him! Long story short, ask ladies or an employee, but do not trust random men.
3. Carry some form of protection, whether it is pepper spray or a something strong or even a plastic water bottle, it is probably rare, but you may get yourself in a situation where you need some form of defense.
4. Follow the same rules you would at home. Don’t drink anything someone offers you unless you saw it being made and even then don’t eat or drink things from street vendors unless you have an extremely good immune system or know it’s not made with polluted water or unrefrigerated milk. The standards of hygiene are vastly different.
5. Learn some Hindi or what ever the local language is where you will be traveling the most. This will help you blend in more and also make others more willing to help you as in all countries.
6. If you are single and happen to meet someone you fancy, try to keep displays of public affection down. Kissing and caressing in public is highly taboo and could make you the target of lustful looks or condemnation. Be respectful of the culture and keep western ways behind closed doors, unless of course, you are somewhere where everyone else is doing it. Be aware of your surroundings and what others are doing and remember the customs are stronger and there are more people watching you.
7. Learn to politely, but swiftly decline hagglers and beggars. There are so many in India and it is impossible to help everyone. If you feel like giving or buying something decide right away and do it, but don’t sit quietly and let them convince you otherwise or you will end up broke or stuck lugging around an over-priced item you never intended on buying.


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