It may be the year you travel solo, but if you have put it off because your travel savings isn’t where it needs to be, then we have good news for you! You don’t need to wait until you are flushed with cash, there are a lot of beautiful, exotic locations you can visit on a shoestring budget.
To help you stay on budget, travelling with a handy personal line of credit is a smart choice because it gives you the assurance that money would be available to you any time and from anywhere. When you are out vacationing at a place where you are not sure how much your vacation will cost and how much cash you’ll need, having a handy personal credit line for travel is clever. You can pay for expenses as they occur without using your credit card. Using your credit line as a travel loan will not only help you to save money on interest, but it will also help you keep a check on your expenses to ensure that you stay on budget and do not overspend. If while on vacation, you encounter an unexpected emergency, you can withdraw money from the ready line of credit and safely come out of the situation.
Wondering what are the best places in India to travel alone on a budget? Here are 8 awesome solo travel India destinations:
Sikkim’s culture is a mix of Buddhism and Hinduism and that’s what makes Sikkim so unique. It has beautiful snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas. If you are lucky, you may spot Khangchendzonga, the third tallest mountain in the world. If you are a history lover, you may want to visit Rumtek Monastery, which hosts a collection of various historical artefacts. If you have an adventurous spirit, go trekking to Goecha La. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the famous Temi tea gardens and don’t forget to taste the tea. Drive down to the valley of Tsomgo Lake and raft on the turbulent Teesta river. If you want to explore the Tibet culture more, visit the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Gangtok.
Are you travelling to do some soul-searching? Or is it the sun that you seek? Varkala is a beautiful laid-back beach town, ideal for soul-searchers and sunseekers, who want to bathe in the generosity of nature by being close to the sun, sea, sand and serenity.
Located in the state of Kerala, Varkala sits on top of the humongous cliff. Along the way, there are numerous cafes and restaurants catering to the tourists. There’s a lot to do in Varkala – relax and soak in the beautiful sunset, enjoy boating in Kappil lake, indulge in adventure water sports on the beach, or explore Anjengo fort.
Digha is a popular travel destination because of its beautiful beaches, delicious food and its laid-back lifestyle. You’d definitely want all of these when you are on a vacation, wouldn’t you? However, that is not all that Digha has to offer. It boasts of numerous attractions like the Lord Shiva temple and the Marine Aquarium Research Centre. You can enjoy the refreshing sea breeze while you enjoy the local drink called daab, which is tender coconut water. The food here is cheap and so is accommodation.
Our hectic life isn’t peaceful, that’s why taking a break from mundane activities is a must and Gokarna is the best place to attain the peace you seek. It has beaches and it is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site. Mahabaleshwar temple and Maha Ganpati temple are the most famous temples around here. Tourists flock to this place all year round but the best time to visit Gokarna is in October.
Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
If you are seeking adventure and peace, then Ladakh is for you. This land is beautifully endowed with snow-covered mountains, rugged terrain, beautiful lakes, icy glaciers, and the very popular Buddhist monasteries. There are ample adventure activities you can indulge in like mountain biking, trekking, river rafting, and quad biking and experience the safari on the Bactrian camels. For peace lovers, Ladakh boasts of plenty monasteries to take you on a journey of inner peace. Whether you are a peace lover or adventure lover, in Ladakh you are surely going to challenge your comfort zone.
Hampi, situated in North Karnataka is a UNESCO World Heritage. It has plenty of attractions for solo travellers on a budget. It’s an archaeological delight site. You get to explore the remnants that date back to Vijaynagara Empire. You can marvel at nature’s artistic work in creating the intriguing stone boulders and rocks. You can admire the intricate designs while you relax in the lap of nature watching the sunset from Matanga Hill.
Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Be one with nature at Kasol. Its breathtaking beauty soothes the mind and soul. Here, you can tickle your adventurous bone by indulging yourself in activities like treks and treads in Sar Pass, Yanker Pass, Kheergang and Pin Parbati. This place attracts a lot of like-minded people. You are sure to make new friends here.
It’s like a place we see in fantasy movies. It is of no wonder that it is called the ‘Scotland of the East’. Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. It is also aptly called the abode of the clouds. It’s not only popular because of its beauty, but also for the Shillong Chamber Choir. The important places you should visit are the Shillong peak, Elephant falls, Umiam lake,and Mahadev Khola Dam.
Let not money come in between your quest to travel solo because there is no greater freedom than backpacking and hitting the road by yourself. If only roads could speak, they would vouch for that.
Shiv Nanda is a financial analyst who currently lives in Bangalore (refusing to acknowledge the name change) and works with MoneyTap, India’s first app-based credit-line. Shiv is a true finance geek, and his friends love that. They always rely on him for advice on their investment choices, budgeting skills, personal financial matters and when they want to get a loan. He has made it his life’s mission to help and educate people on various financial topics, so email him your questions at [email protected].