Having been living and travelling overseas for, gulp, about 13 years now, I have met many people from many different places, all with great tales to tell. I have often thought of inviting them to share their perspective on RunawayBrit, but I am finally making it happen! The first perspective is from my good friend here in Mumbai, Deviyani Pathak.
Living in a country where women are expected to marry young, and travel is not yet encouraged for unchaperoned females, Deviyani knows how much pressure society puts on an Indian woman. Here, she explains why single Indian women should travel to her favourite destination, Thailand.
Travel: something everyone dreams of, but, in India, very few privileged get this opportunity. Moreover, what is even more rare in the country that I reside in is the opportunity for girls to travel alone with friends or, in some cases, acquaintances. I have been lucky enough to be born in a family who believes in their children and encourages me to travel more. That being said, a question that I am often encountered with is “Why do you travel to Thailand?” After many such strange questions comes that million dollar expression which adds icing to the cake: “What can girls possibly do there?”
So, my friend, who is a travel blogger and has travelled with me readily, supported my thought of publishing a write-up on her blog with all the reasons why single Indian girls should go to Thailand:
Thailand is Easily Accessible for a Weekend Trip from Mumbai
Air tickets are cheap, nominal travelling time, visa on arrival, staying there is even cheaper – this is a big enough a reason for any traveller to be tempted to visit Thailand.
Shopping in Paradise
The first time you enter the mall you might be a little overwhelmed; a little lost. As the days progress, you know days won’t be enough. A bit of online research before the travel makes visits to malls like Central, Platinum, MBK, and many more a smooth walk. Not to forget the night and weekend markets offering amazing deals.
The different islands in Thailand offer tranquil time for people who love water. There are a few popular and populated islands, which I refrain from going to, but Phuket is my personal favorite travel destination. It has so much to offer that I can’t get enough.
Thailand is a country where I saw as many temples as I see in my own. The environment created in the ones I visited leave me feeling enchanted and enlightened. It’s never enough.
I love to go out in the evenings with my friends, take a walk down the lane visit a few bars (although all I have is Red Bull) and shake a leg for any rhythm that falls to my ears. My approach towards music has changed post my visit here, listening to songs in diverse languages.
I am not a person who would engage in a conversation with strangers easily, however the warmth of this country and people creates a feeling of security. That feeling is very important and has left me with some memorable conversations with people from different parts of the world.
Thank you, Deviyani, for being the first person on my ‘Perspectives’ series! We hope to see you on here again.