I started traveling and eating out solo at very young age (16yrs). I enjoy watching movies (in theatres) alone and wandering on my own. My solo travels till recently have been for work or meeting family/relatives, which are well planned. However, last summer I planned to got to Kumbh Mela at Ujjain, having no idea of my stay and no itinerary in place. I had one way confirm train ticket (for around 40 hours of travel) and a waitlist return ticket. Everything in between was in my hands to plan and do. And I enjoyed it thoroughly.
On 21st May, I ran 6km alone as part of TCS World 10k run in Bangalore. Thousands of people run in different categories (10k-pro, Open 10k, Champions of Disability, Senior citizens and Majja Run to enjoy the run and if desired, raise awareness and funds for social causes) in groups and pairs. Last time I ran it in 2015, I ran with a group and then with my husband. This time it was a real experience of not talking to anyone and keeping oneself motivated. Pushing myself not to stop, I finished the run 6km within an hour. Not bad 🙂
I have seen many women surprised and men unsure why should I do things solo? Don’t I feel scared or think what people seeing a woman relishing a meal or watching a movie alone would think of me? Frankly, in movies, restaurants and trains or travels alone, people have been surprised, but never intrusive or judgemental about me. So how do I do it (like thousands other women and lacs wanting to do it too)? Here are the ways:
- Be fully convinced that you want to do it, and do it solo. This will add commitment and confidence automatically.
- Accept, adore and embrace liberation and freedom within that comes with a decision to do things solo.
- Research well about the place/event that you are going to visit. This will add surity and confidence again.
- Be confident and show it too on yir face abd in body language.
- And last, but not the least, enjoy every moment as it will motivate you for the next experience.
So go girl, enjoy the world on your own 🙂
Would love to hear your experiences here!