How Solo Travelling can make you more Independent ..?

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Solo travelling is all together different fun . Besides reducing dependency on anyone it also helps in assisting in developing so many skills which we can never acquired otherwise .

It got many advantages as well . Few of them are as follows .

        1. We can Travel anytime – Since we plan to travel solo we don’t have to  bother to coordinate with anyone else . Its just about us alone so we are not time bound . Can have the privilege of planning the  journey anytime anywhere .
        2. Become More Responsible –  While we travel alone we become more aware  of what we may need . This  helps  us in becoming more pro in managing any ad varsities in the journey
        3. Improve Interpersonal Skills – It helps us in becoming  more smart as in the path we learn how to deal with anyone . Unless we become  little witty in dealing with people around its difficult to manage the travel . So we  develop these skills while frequently travelling solo
        4. Smart Packers – We learn to manage our stuff in minimum time . I as solo traveler don’t take more than an hour to pack my stuff for any trip for a week .

Above are few of the perks and additional benefits of travelling solo . However the most important is how it can make us more independent .

While travelling solo we are able to work on various aspects of our personality like which further contributes in making us more independent .

  1. Quick decision making –  While we are travelling all of our own we have to decide every little thing about us . Since we are time bound  for the entire duration we have to take right decision in minimum possible time .As a result we become smart enough to decision in  short period .Thus it gives us capability of independent decision making .
  2. Financial Management  – This is most important aspect of   getting independent . While travelling solo all expenses need to be planned and manage by us . If we travel with friend or anyone else we may tend to depend on other in helping in choosing things that may affect our finances .However if we are travelling all of our own than entire ownership of taking financial decision lies on us .
  3. Customising our Itineraries  — We can always plan where we want to go and with whom . This gives another sence of freedom hence independence . Furthermore we can select  the community having similar interest .
  4. Choosing right Travelling Community – Based on city we want to travel and itinerary we plan to make we can have privilege of choosing the group accordingly . We become smarter to hunt for the people who think alike and who got similar interest .
  5. Making Travel Budget  Last but not the least  we  become independent  enough to think about  out travelling budget for year  or ahead to ensure we are able to fulfill our travelling quench .

 Have You visited these cities in North ?

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North India is known for its liveliness besides its loudness across country . Another good thing that makes it even more popular  is the richness of its tourism .

From Trekking ; Wildlife to Luxury it has it all . Every city has got its own delicacies and beauty . There are lots of places worth visiting not only for weekend but long stay as well .

We can plan a solo trip or smart solo travel with group who organize it .Before planning such journey sharing little glimpse of few cities.

Some such places are highlighted below :-

1.)Lansdowne – Garhwali city

Lansdowne is good place to take break on weekend .  Just 280 km from delhi shold not take more than 5-6 hours to reach the city  .That’s another reason people like to enjoy their weekend break here . It is hill station in Uttrakhand and  dominated by Gahwali community that’s why also addressed as Garhwal city .  It has few interesting places to vist . But more than that it has got some scenic beauty to explore that can give good weekend break from the city .  If you haven’t  got chance to visit this place than you got  great opportunity to  join community of solo travelers with Travel solo & smart . We are planning to take  group in April weekend . Trip will include To and fro in a cab and  stay in the city . Travelling within the city will be as per the actual  which I will try to announce before the trip . I am planning to freeze curated  members by first week of April . For further details  please  click on my meetup page Travel Solo & Smart or  Join  in Facebook page to register .

2.)Jim Corbett- Perfect Weekend Gateway  for Stay & wildlife

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Jim Corbett is one of the most sought out destination specially for  weekends . It not only good break from city hustle bustle but  is known for its wild life century . Best way to leverage  this city is to arrange stay either in resort or amidst the wild life centuary in the forest . However to have accommodation with Jim Corbett part may be little tedious . Nevertheless nearby resorts are also worth exploring . Sharing pics of one such 5 star resort i.e Ahana resort  below. This was taken in 2016 . Safari in Jim Corbett is good fun . Usually hotels nearby can arrange the ride and if we are lucky can spot tiger as well.

 

3.)Orchha – Historical delight in MP :- 

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Orchha is an unexplored historical town in heart of MP . With umbrella like monuments its  known for its sculptures . I remember going  way back  in 2013 with my friends . We stayed in Orchha resort in middle of Orchha history . This small place has lot  to offer besides   good break . There’s famous temple which has got mini shopping area . Also there’s one open theatre that will take you back in historical era . In 3-4 days this place is good to explore and  can offer lot of eye capturing moments for  photographers .

4.)Jaisalmer –  Sand Dunes Festival

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Jaisalmer is  one of the most popular city in Rajasthan . It’s proximity to  Thar desert & Sand dunes festival  makes it poplular destination even for foreigners . People travel  from all part of world to this beautiful city to spend months . It’s also known as Golden city  as its surrounded by gold sand & monuments everywhere . Ideal time to visit this place is during sand dune festival which happens usually in Feb . It’s prudential to book the camps near the festival for day or so . Rest  days stay can be managed  as per individual convenience . This city has all kinds of property from boutique hotels ; 5 star hotels to resorts . Make plan for atleast week and you will surely come back refreshed . This North Western part of India has great heritage touch besides historical glance .

5.)Chandigarh —  

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Most of us must have visited this well  planned city . This city is known of its poisness and great architecture .Besides what’s  best part of this city  is discipline traffic . In india this is the only city where we will find people civilized  enough to follow all traffic rules. Because of this travelling in Chandigarh become all the more fun . One of the favourite place  to visit here is  Rock Garden . The way waste has been arctified in sculptures is marvelous . Besides that there’s Sukhna Lake which  people like to visit . Timber Trail ; Rose Garden ; Japanese Garden are other attractions of the city  . There’s lot to explore around this city as well like Pinjore Garden ; Mansa Devi  ; Kasauli ; Shimla ; Kufri etc .

 

Traveling Solo & Smart – Foundation & Purpose

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Hi , I am Srishti ; founder of Travel Solo and Smart . It’s almost decade I  have been  traveling solo of course with the like minded community   .  My passion to travel has taken me places . From North ; South ; West & East traveled all parts of India and covered  few International destination as well . This article  may not to be enough to elaborate  all my journeys  .  Nevertheless Let me start few such places I covered last year .

It all starts when  we want to travel badly but not able to decide  where and with whom.  Also we  need that much needed break  to figure out what we  really need and want   in life . Change of place always helps sail in right direction and  assists to  figure out  our true calling . Once such  phase  in my life made  me choose  traveling as way to go and discovering myself  .I never knew traveling was such a fun and learning and that too going solo but with like minded souls .

Besides about people its also about how smart you travel . For me some of the gadgets like travelling accessorries ; apparels and gadgets also helps in making journey more smart and success . Listing few gadgets which may be of some use . Best part is if we order it online it save lot of time alongwith cost . At the same time these are some of the curated selected products which may not be easily available in the stores . If at all they are than cost will be too exorbitant .

1.)RISHIKESH

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Rishikesh  can be  visited multiple times because of so many reasons . I myself have visited this place  more than once . I planned to visit this city during new year eve in 2016 ; come back in 2017 . Rishikesh as we all know is known for rafting but its also famous for its adventure sports . Playing with tides is absolute fun there . We can also explore taste of bungee jumping  &  mini trek towards camp side too . Besides hosting   activities it’s also  well known religious place . Evening Aarti is not less than meditation .Travelling   here can be planned on any weekend . I traveled here with 2 communities in which there were lot of solo tarvelers . It was fun visiting here both the times .

Besides that its also good to carry few traveling accessories and apparels  that can make it even more fun as highlighted below.

2.)MUSSORIE/DHANAULTI 

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Mussorie was perfect destination for my birthday celebration.  With  greenery all around it had great scenic beauty .   Planned to visit this place during my birthday week that was last week of feb . Journey takes  of 6-7 hours from delhi . It was just 4-5 of us . When we reach there I witness serene beauty of  mountain . Dhanaulti was all the more fun with horse ride to hill top . There was some huge organic plantation as well which was supposedly reserve for export . Other places  to visit were Lal Tibba ; Kempty fall  ; Rover’s cave etc .

3.)MUKTESHWAR/BHIMTAL  

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Mukteshwar is another small village in Nanital . One of the best  thing about this place is  its beautiful  organic farms . We can  get organic fruits  at dirt cheap price here . Besides that it has  got great area to trek  which can serve as good weekend break for any traveler . Enroute we can also visit famous lake in Bhimtal . Surrounded by mountain we can actually forget everything while boating for 30 minutes .

4.)KASOL/TOSH/PARVATI VALLEY/MANIKARAN  

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Kasol known as Israeli community because of couple of reason . It’s small village in manali connecting many valleys and hills . Perfect place to trek and have come chill time with friends . It also has some space for religious souls by hosting places like Manikaran which is famous gurudwara that offers langars .Not limited to that it’s also famous for rave parties and  drugs which are implanted here  in  forms of weeds. Weed is available at much cheaper here because of ease of availability and no legal hassle . People who visit Kasol often stock this drug and consume it more often to add charm to their vacation . While visiting this place many small towns like Tosh ; parvati valley ; manikaran etc can be combined to have complete taste of this city . Its usually 12-14 hours journey  by road from  delhi . But once you visit  here its  beauty is complete treat to eyes and can quiet relaxing ; enough to east the distance traveled .

 

5.)JODHPUR/BLUE CITY 

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Jodhpur was indeed beautiful city to wind up year 2017 . It was one of the best solo trip I had . Unlike any group planned to visit this place all by myself . Also known as blue city ; it’s indeed perfect place to get you out of any blues . It has some of the magnificent historical  beauty . The forts here are phenomemon in their architect .Few of the  must visit places here are like Mehrangang fort ; Jaswant thada ; Umaid Bhavan ; Mandore Garden . Besides places it also offers great rajasthani delicacies .Some good restaurants to visit here are On the rock café & if you want to have authentic rajasthani platter than you may go to  Gypsy which served traidition rajasthani thali in quickest  time .  Even the better part about the city I liked was the climate . In chilling winter time of delhi it is the best escape . Morning were reasonably warm and good at times you can manage without sweaters . Winters are good to go with some warm shrugs . Overall it was blast to visit this place during new year week .

Above mentioned places are just  few among many I visited . Besides  them there are many good cities  that can be explored in India like Orchha ; Khajurao ; Pondicherry ; Koorg ; Pangot .  Will try to cover story of most of them in upcoming blogs .

Travel Solo Smart Foundation ; Purpose  & Vision 

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Though all my trips have been adventurous and fun . But being solo traveler what I have realized is at times we tend to hang up with group where we don’t belong to . At the same time many travel group also leverage the vulnerability of solo travelers by not providing value of money in terms of stay & other facilities like commuting within or starting and end  point . These are pain point which I experienced as  a traveler . Though I wanted to travel more often but lack of few basic facilities like decent stay in good property with like minded people  was what I missed . Usually these groups will make you stay in some sub-standard camps  by tempting you with some great banner . But once you visit theplace only than  we realize the loophole . With foundation of Travel solo smart community I will ensure to keep it as customized as possible as per majority .

Also would like to enable networking platform where people can connect with each other at personal and professional level .