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Wanderlust 101: A Tripper's Tips for Travelling Alone

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I have had a lot of friends come and ask me how do I travel alone. “Don’t you get bored?”, they ask. Well, when you’re on the road to find yourself, I guess loneliness is the last the thing you feel. We only live, once and in this is one lifetime I believe in having as many stamps as I can on my passport and on my mouth. So here is a guide for travelling alone.

Wanderlust 101: An Avid Tripper’s Guide for Travelling Alone

I believe in making the most of my travel experiences. These are the things I do when I travel. They don’t necessarily apply to everyone.

1.TRAVEL LIGHT

Whether you’re going for 30 days or three, it is crucial to pack exactly what you need – not more, not less. Firstly, understand the logistics involved. I am a cinematographer by profession and I often need to carry a lot of camera gear. So, I carry a backpack and a duffle. When I travel, I generally carry seven changes of clothes. Whether you’re staying in a hostel or in a hotel, laundry service is often available. As for footwear, all I need are a pair of slippers and shoes each. The trick to enjoy any form of travelling is to go “portable”. Don’t carry your whole wardrobe in the hope that you might need it.

2. ALWAYS KEEP A CHANGE OF CLOTHES AND A TOOTHBRUSH IN YOUR CARRY ON

Just in case you lose your luggage or have such a wild night that you forget where your hotel – always be prepared.

Wanderlust 101: An Avid Tripper's Guide for Travelling Alone
Wanderlust 101: An Avid Tripper’s Guide for Travelling Alone (Image by Subhrodeep Dakshy)

3. MURPHY’S LAW

Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. You might miss your flight; you might get lost (I love that); you might get sick; you can lose the passport… This is all a part of travelling; how you cope with these problems is what dictates how good a traveller you are. Sometimes, they turn into the best memories.

4.THINK LOCAL

When I was younger and I would travel by bus full of Bengalis outside Bengal, I often observed them eating and thinking exactly how they would in Kolkata. Well, that needs to stop. You have to open your mind and be ready to try new food and culture. Figure out the place you’re visiting – how the locals live, how they travel, what their staple food is, what they do for fun, etc. This way, you’ll know the cheapest and the most fun way around the city. When I went to Thailand, I found out this thing called “grab what the locals use to travel”. And, trust me, it saved me a tonne of money. On the other hand, when I was in Paris, I only used the train.

5. ALWAYS CARRY A PHONE AND A POWER BANK

This is the 21st century, and your phone is one of the best companions you can travel with. From translating your tongue for better communication to telling you where the “scene” is on, your phone is your best friend.

6. LIVE IN THE MOMENT

Whether you’re travelling for 30 days or 3 remember this trip is going to end so please stop cribbing and make the most of it. Things will go wrong; you will have troubles but how fast you can switch from being psyched to Calming yourself down makes you a good traveller.

7. DO SOMETHING THAT TERRIFIES YOU

I don’t mean rob a bank or kill someone; but go and climb a mountain, jump from a plane, scuba dive… DO something that rewires your brain.

8. HUSTLE, HIT, NEVER QUIT

Travel a country every year. Make a plan, create a budget and don’t give up. Travelling is like an addiction and like most addictions, it costs money. So, save up.

You only live once. So experience as much as you can.

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