Solo Travel Tips: How to Catch a Bus in a Foreign Country | Myanmar I love traveling by local bus when I visit a country! Somehow, the sights, sounds and smells of the landscape feel more vibrant and awakening. I feel alive! Woosh, the scent of a produce market. Cruddle cruddle, wheels against a gritty […]
I’m back from nearly a month-long travel in Asia/Southeast Asia, with gawd… a ton of exciting travel stuff to share with you. I have stories, information, videos and photos, and travel survival tips on why you should’s… and why you shouldn’ts. First thing~ What’s new…GRRRLTRAVELER is on YouTube with Travel Survival Tips!
I’ll admit, there are times being a solo traveler at night can feel like… well, a single gal alone on a Friday night!
All the world is aglow with friends and drunken laughter. Meanwhile, you’re either standing outside in the cold envying the social fun indoors or in your guesthouse painting your toenails the color of ‘wishful thinking’! Times like this, it’s hard not to occasionally feel… lame.
Well, nuh-uh. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Although it’s much cheaper, easier and quicker to hire a motodop for ($1-$2/ride), it can be worthwhile to stroll the city on foot. Phnom Penh has a hidden style, interesting neighborhoods and disarming life stashed away in its streets. You’ll find yourself stumbling upon some surprising gems when you take to the pavement.
There’s a mystique around female solo travelers. We’re an anomaly and yet, our numbers are growing. Traveling alone, I meet all types of journeying women: from reluctant to experienced, to the newbie ready to cling to the first companion that reaches out. I’m no more or less brave than any of them.
It’s scary when life imitates art.Even scarier when you find yourself copying something off of a Jim Carrey film and it actually works!
What does the idea of “a solo woman traveling in India” surface for you?
When I met Chiaki, we were both, waiting for the local bus to our yoga ashram. A Japanese waif of gentle yogic smiles, she challenged my notions about what it is to be a solo female traveler in India. Chiaki didn’t boast the extensive list of a world traveler nor was she avoiding the challenges of navigating the local terrain in the way a native would; yet, she was tackling India solo doing it in calm stride.
How the hell was she doing it?
So you have travel insurance. Awesome.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t remove the fear and stresses of dealing with injuries when you get into an accident in India or abroad.
In four hours I was leaving Hampi, but I still wanted to get out to see the Monkey Temple (which was 20 minutes away by rickshaw)! Walter, a lanky 20-something Los Angeleno I’d met on the bus ride over, joined me . I wanted to rent bicycles but Walter advised the motorcycle would be the most efficient vehicle. The incentive being we’d split costs!
Had Walter driven a motorcycle before?
You don’t have skydive out of a plane in order to be a daredevil. You don’t have to eat strange bugs or worms to be an adventurist. Sometimes, adventure and danger can fit into the simplest things; and if you’re a solo traveler, occasionally it’s the simplest things that can feel the most dangerous!