Should I Travel India Alone or With Best Friend ???

#1 Jun 16th, 2008, 22:34
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Hi,

I need advice. Should I travel India alone or with a best friend?


Thanks!
#2 Jun 16th, 2008, 22:43
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Err, depends. Is the friend a hippie interested in the kama sutra?
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I never go anywhere without a small company of smurfs
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Originally Posted by capt_mahajan View Post Err, depends. Is the friend a hippie interested in the kama sutra?
No, just a friend.
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If you and your friend share same interests and can handle conflict like an adult, I say go with the friend. India is so amazing and vast, I was glad to have friends to share the experience with. Also, someone to talk about the trip with after we came home. Because believe me, India is incomprehensible to anyone who has not been there. If your friend is the whiny "I can't eat that" variety, leave them at home.
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If you are young, pretty, female and single, I strongly recommend that you take me with you
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It's nice to have someone to help figure things out, but equally stressful on a friendship when things go wrong. Make sure you can handle stressful situations without blaming each other for the outcome.

I LOST one of my best friends in India because of this, so be sure your friendship can stand the test.
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I think that was a silly question.
#9 Jun 16th, 2008, 23:55
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Do you have, like, a bet going or something?
OP: Please take me with you to India!
Friend: Uh... I'd rather go by myself.
OP: No, really, you should!
Friend: No, really. I don't want you to come...
OP: I'll prove that you should take me! SEE!! indiamike said so!

Then again, I've been wrong before.
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take your friend along. he can help you with your luggage.
#11 Jun 17th, 2008, 00:03
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If your best friends a chillum, then definitely take it! Though he might get alot more attention then you in India which could cause some friction!
#12 Jun 17th, 2008, 00:10
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Originally Posted by hedkandi View Post Hi,

I need advice. Should I travel India alone or with a best friend?


Thanks!
Ask yourself why you should not?
And if you could come up with an answer that really makes sense to you, then don't bring your best friend along.
(and wait till you return.. )
#13 Jun 17th, 2008, 00:23
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It can be risky, you could get to India and find you want/like different things, or different forms of transport, or moving at a different pace.

List the things that will be important to you when you travel through India.

Find out if your food tastes differ.

How will each of you react when pestered by very young child beggars?

Are one of you likely to want to take roads less travelled?

Are any of you determined to stick to a strict itinerary?

What when things go wrong, can you both be calm and not blame each other? ("I told you we should've left earlier" really doesn't help when you just missed an important train)

Are you both comfortable with silence? (strange question for India travel, but I travelled with someone for about a week last year, and it was great that we were both comfortable when we weren't chatting)

Are you both comfortable travelling on your own? (if one of you gets ill, the other may need to get medicines, change train/flight bookings, sing the other lullabies )

Is romance on any your minds?
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None of the above should mean that you can or cannot travel together, but they may help you to work out if it would be a good idea or not.

I travelled with a very good friend whom I get on with very well, it was my first trip outside Europe, and I was terrified, but I very soon realised that I liked travel and wanted to set off in other directions, my friend was all for sticking to the itinerary, so I didn't really say anything and just followed the itinerary.
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Go without the friend.

For the friend's sake.
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I travelled with a very good friend whom I get on with very well, it was my first trip outside Europe, and I was terrified, but I very soon realised that I liked travel and wanted to set off in other directions, my friend was all for sticking to the itinerary, so I didn't really say anything and just followed the itinerary.
Just like certain things needs you to go through the experience to be wiser.

And steven_ber, that video link about Indian railways was fantastic

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