Here is a common scenario. It’s the long weekend and you want to go somewhere. A trek. The beach. Ancient ruins. You ask your friends. The married ones either have plans to go as a family and the single ones have other ideas for relaxation. What is a wanderer to do? Go solo. For a heightened experience, for a sensory overload, for a deeply personal trip, there is nothing like travelling independently. Here are our best solo experiences that we would highly recommend to you.
Catch the sunrise
Yes, the idea of waking up early is not too palatable on a holiday but trust us it’s worth it. The fresh morning air and the stillness of the moment is mindblowing. Every single time. You could be on the beach at Gokarna or on the mountains of Himachal. Wherever you can sight that golden wedge in the sky.
TT’s Personal Reco – Sunrise at Devbagh
Go for a long ramble
No, we are not talking of trekking up precarious slopes. Choose places that have long, winding paths with plenty of nature around. Beaches ringed with coconut palms or situated at the edges of bamboo forests, tea plantations with walking trails, rivers or lakes with paths alongside are all great contenders. Take a hike. It’s refreshing, rejuvenating and uplifting for the soul.
TT’s Personal Reco – Goa’s green bylanes. Yes, away from the beach.
Pic courtesy Vasthu on Wikicommons
Stay at heritage homestays
Heritage homestays have a charm of their own. They have stories to tell, people to befriend, and their own little culture. It’s like a world within a world. From delicious, truly homemade food to long-forgotten board games, a heritage homestay is enriching solitude at its best.
TT’s Personal Reco – The heritage mansions of Chettinad or centuries’ old tharavadu houses in Kerala
Learn new crafts
Always wanted to learn cheesemaking? Or pottery? There are plenty of farms and villages across India that offer unparalleled experiences in trying your hand at learning the lesser known arts and crafts that our country is famous for. Not only do you learn something new you also get to talk to a different set of people and know more about their way of life.0