Explore

The Fearless Journey Of A Solo Indian Female Backpacker

It was the power of dreams in which she believed and it was the leap of faith that she took.

After solo-backpacking to 20 states, 2 Union Territories and 130 cities in India – Swati Jain’s journey constantly debunks the notion that India is unsafe for women. Be it a faraway remote village or a city marked unsafe of woman – Swati has braved it all, shattering all preconceived notions and documenting it in her blog — buoyantfeet.com.

explore, travel, youngistaan, the fearless journey of a solo indian female backpacker

Only a handful dare to dream big and even fewer make it happen. When the thought of breaking away from the constraints of a mundane life struck Swati, she actually dared to quit her 8 year-long corporate life. And once she took off her majestic flight, it was as if the world had always been waiting for her.

Budding of a solo traveler

explore, travel, youngistaan, the fearless journey of a solo indian female backpacker

As far as Swati remembers, she has always loved traveling. Even as a kid, she would tell her friends stories of places that many did not know of, and her intriguing travel accounts as well. Little did she herself know that traveling would become her driving force one day. No wonder her friends regarded her as “another Columbus in making”. But actually, it was her trip to Ladakh in 2011 which changed things for her. That’s when something stuck her mind, making her realize that the world needs to be explored in the best possible way.

The eye opener

explore, travel, youngistaan, the fearless journey of a solo indian female backpacker

Swati believes that it was after spending 96 hours and traveling 1,300 km in Bastar — a hinterland of Chhattisgarh — that she tasted real freedom. Nobody misbehaved with her, touched her or even looked at her in an unusual way. Once she observed the ‘bindass woman selling mahua at haat bazaar, the old woman selling flowers at Danteshwari temple down South, and the tribal shikari, she realized that something is terribly wrong in the way the urban sensibilities perceive them.

How she finances her travels

explore, travel, youngistaan, the fearless journey of a solo indian female backpacker

When Swati decided to go on her first-ever 6 month traveling adventure, she had thought that she would re-join her full-time job after that. But as she grew into it, she realized that she can’t restrain the traveler in her with a restricted number of days.

explore, travel, youngistaan, the fearless journey of a solo indian female backpacker

She was always clear that breaking off her savings to travel, is not an option. She had to look at options to earn while on the go. She began freelancing as a PR consultant, but internet connectivity issues made it difficult to handle assignments. And so, she decided to find other ways to finance her adventures — she set up her blog buoyantfeet.com, started doing brand collaborations and freelancing as a travel writer!

The challenges coming her way

explore, travel, youngistaan, the fearless journey of a solo indian female backpacker

But the first move is usually the most rebellious and requires the utmost courage. Naturally, she had to face numerous challenges and the biggest one of it was presented by none other than herself! Once she persuaded herself to follow her heart, she was motivated enough to convince her traditional family.

And it isn’t as if it was an easy road after that. One of the recurring challenges that she has been facing is tackling her family’s concern about her and meeting the expectations of the society. But she believes that if one decides to pursue something with all their heart, things start to fall in place — just like how her family now supports her rigorous traveling.

Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network