Top Ten Tips for Solo Females Headed to India – Part 1

Ever the over-achiever, I did an enormous amount of research before embarking on my first solo trip to India. I jumped on phone calls and talked extensively with girlfriends who had been before, in addition to scouring top travel blogs and sites like TripAdvisor and HostelWorld. Below are the tips I found most helpful – many of which I discovered on my own, out in the wild. Part 2 can be found here. Enjoy!

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Stephen Hawking – Be Curious.

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” -Stephen Hawking

John Muir – Dangerous

“Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.” – John Muir

Louise Erdrich – Apple

“LIFE WILL BREAK YOU. NOBODY CAN PROTECT YOU FROM THAT, AND LIVING ALONE WON’T EITHER, FOR SOLITUDE WILL ALSO BREAK YOU WITH ITS YEARNING. YOU HAVE TO LOVE. YOU HAVE TO FEEL. IT IS THE REASON YOU ARE HERE ON EARTH. YOU ARE HERE TO RISK YOUR HEART. YOU ARE HERE TO BE SWALLOWED UP. AND WHEN IT HAPPENS THAT YOU ARE BROKEN, OR BETRAYED, OR LEFT, OR HURT, OR DEATH BRUSHES NEAR, LET YOURSELF SIT BY AN APPLE TREE AND LISTEN TO THE APPLES FALLING ALL AROUND YOU IN HEAPS, WASTING THEIR SWEETNESS. TELL YOURSELF YOU TASTED AS MANY AS YOU COULD.” -LOUISE ERDRICH