Travelling Alone (white-female-23yrs)

#1 Jan 23rd, 2009, 03:55
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I want to start saying that India has mesmorized me for many many years. I feel some sort of connection to India, i simply adore the culture, the languages, the food, everything about it!!!!

I have around the way found a very very nice lady who has a niece my age and they live in Trivandrum. I had a ticket booked last summer to go alone for a month, but i cancelled last min as i was scared.

This yr, i dont want to wait a whole other yr to go to India...im planning once again on going this yr in May or so.

I was wondering if anyone knows how safe it is in Trivandrum alone for a 1st time visitor to India, 23 yr old white female?
I can understand a good portion of Tamil. I understand Malayalam and Tamil are very similar.

Is it safe for me to venture into my beloved country alone?????????????? At the trv airport the family that i am staying with is going to pick me up from the terminal...
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English is quite widely spoken in Kerala, as is Tamil thanks to all the Tamils who have moved there. Trivandrum is quite safe... of course it's a city so there is always some danger, just like there would be in Toronto or Montreal. When I was in Kerala I met many Western women travelling alone and none of them complained about safety. The biggest threat is probably those pesky mosquitos... make sure you use a lot of insect repellant and take your malaria pills once the monsoon settles in in early June. Oh and malaria pills are MUCH cheaper in India, so only bring what you need for say the first week in India so that you have plenty of time to go to a pharmacy and get more.
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Originally Posted by ivoryempress View Post Is it safe for me to venture into my beloved country alone?
There is no reason to be afraid of being alone in India, I have spent a lot of time alone in Delhi, and never felt unsafe. Course, I don't wander into the rougher areas, but that's just common sense, you wouldn't do that at home either.

In "waiting" situations, women tend to separate out from the crowd. When I've joined them, I've felt accepted, even without a shared language a smile works wonders - and you have the language skills.

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At the trv airport the family that i am staying with is going to pick me up from the terminal...
And they probably won't let you out of their sight until they take you back there!
Far from being worried about being unsafe, you'll probably be posting on here about being too well protected!
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I also booked a ticket to travel to India... Alone. Must say that I'm a bit scared as well.
Who's is going to travel to India, I will arrive 26 september 2009 in Delhi. Maybe people who want to travel togehter?
Also my plane arrives at 4.00 am... Don't know what expect in the middle of the night, hope to find a decent hostel which provides airport-shuttle service. Does anyone know a nice, clean hostel in Delhi?
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For a nice clean hostel in a quiet place - you could try the YHA in Chanakyapuri. Its about 20 minutes from the airport (especially at that time of the morning), is very quiet, clean, and located in a good secure area (its across the road from the Chinese embassy so there are police and troops on the road all night long). Not being a main road its fairly quiet as well - and its about 10 minutes tuk tuk ride from Connaught Place, Khan Market, etc.

As for transport - a prepay taxi at the airport should do the trick. Check out this thread here. Don't forget - whenever your view information on this site - scroll to the bottom of the page and you'll see a list of related sites (so the link above will take you to the prepay taxi at delhi airport thread - and scrolling to the bottom of that page will bring up even more threads about prepay taxis).

good luck.
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Trivandrum... very laid-back, very un-frightening! Chennai is fairly laid back, and considered the easiest-going of the metros, but, by comparison, Trivandrum is practically sleepy! Really: nothing to be afraid of.

YHA, Chanakyapuri... the area is so quite and so exceedingly posh, that you may find it hard to believe that you are India, let alone Delhi! I needed to stay a few days in that area last year, and the only other option was expensive five-stars!
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Thanks for such quick answer. I looked it up on the net and found this adress: 5 Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri. This hostels looks pretty nice, to bad that is isn't providing airport pick-up.
Any more tips for female travelling alone? Is it safe enough? Has someone experiences?
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Oh... just the useful stuff, like how much the local boys enjoy being entertained by low necklines...






Seriously... there is a lot of good advice in several threads
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The SHORT answer to this is ...

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Any more tips for female travelling alone? Is it safe enough? Has someone experiences?
There are at least a dozen threads about females travelling alone in India; please read some or all of them!

So long as you are respectful of the culture, dress appropriately, and do not leave your "street smarts" at home, you should be fine.
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Originally Posted by Joyce1983 View Post I also booked a ticket to travel to India... Alone. Must say that I'm a bit scared as well.
Who's is going to travel to India, I will arrive 26 september 2009 in Delhi. Maybe people who want to travel togehter?
Also my plane arrives at 4.00 am... Don't know what expect in the middle of the night, hope to find a decent hostel which provides airport-shuttle service. Does anyone know a nice, clean hostel in Delhi?
Im just curious, what made you decide to travel to india alone? Like the purpose?
I enjoy the culture more than anyone around me, nobody understands my draw towards there, so i wanted to go alone so that i could really enjoy the culture the way i want to. Also because its difficult finding someone to come with me!!!!!!!
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Well there is nothing to be afraid of and everyone will tell you this, coming to india one has to be careful in certain parts of the country..and by no means these parts are dangerous but one needs to be on a lookout...its not just woman but all foreigners..woman especially..dont be under dressed.

Going to kerala which is really one of the safest places in india i dont think you should get paranoid, its all in your mind its all "FEAR" so come with a positive approach, it'll do wonders trust me

and mosquitoes should not stop your plans to see this land. :P

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Originally Posted by ivoryempress View Post Im just curious, what made you decide to travel to india alone? Like the purpose?
I enjoy the culture more than anyone around me, nobody understands my draw towards there, so i wanted to go alone so that i could really enjoy the culture the way i want to. Also because its difficult finding someone to come with me!!!!!!!
Travel in India can be very hard on relationships. You may think you know everything there is to know about your companion ... and that may be true in your own country.

But you have no idea how they will react to some of the things we see in India -- and there are a lot of people who can't deal with it... all they want to do is to go home, immediately.

You also have no idea how YOU will react to some of those things, but alone, you only have your own reactions to deal with, and not someone else's potential hysteria.

If you get tired of travelling alone, you can usually find someone who is going to the next place on your itinerary, someone who is already IN India and may be pleasant company for a train ride and a couple of days in the next town.
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Reading the first message in the thread I am wondering how much the OP is used to travelling alone at all. If you haven't done any travelling by yourself, I wonder if you would consider just travelling locally for a weekend, maybe take a bus to the next big town and stay at a hostel, or something like that. It might take away some of the aprehension.

Millions of women go around their own way by themselves alone in India, and the probability of anything really nasty happening to you there is probably comparable to being run over by a bus before getting to the airport for your trip to India.

So just relax and enjoy!
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Hello everyone My fist post on this forum hehe

A year ago i met a friend on internet (myspace)... Till today we became very good friends, chatting every day, sometimes talking trough Skype and seeing eachother trough webcam... Last year in the autumn i reservated tickets to visit him in Kochi, i'm going there at the end of this March and staying there till middle April (maybe more, we shal see )
For first 14 days spending there i will be with my boyfriend - we reservated 14 days Kerala tour with local guide, we will spend time exploring Kerala. After 14 days he leaves home cuz some obligations he has.

Next 14 days i'm spending with my friend. I'm quite affraid too, but he ensured me he will take care of me. We plan to visit Bangalore with train for three days too!

He gave me some advices, cuz i will be there alone for sometime also, because he cant get leave at his work for all 14 days:
- dress properly (loosen clothes, the best to wear is their salwar kameez for every day - he told the price is around 300Rs, if u have shirts with very open neck, wear their light scarf around)
- bad language, especialy f-word is not good to use in public...
- men & women, even if they are friends, do not touch eachother...

These are some advices he gave me... I also asked him about sexual violence upon white women, and he told me that there its not much of it - if u are dressed properly and if u not drag too much attention to yourself.

More advices i can give after i come home I'm absolutely happy i'm staying there, especialy with local people. On 14th April they celebrate Vishu festival, and i'm so happy i'll experienced it with my friend who will show me their traditions.

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I lived one year in Trivandrum and found it quite safe. If you don't go out after 10 pm, you'll have maybe less problems than in an average western city.

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