Four Mothers Share The Unparalleled Joy Of Travelling Solo
- IWB Post
- July 24, 2018
You’re on your own to map the streets, explore the culture, and know the strangers. Travelling solo in itself is a whole life-learning chapter. The chances of packing our bags and leaving for a single tour, however, decrease with age. Especially for mothers.
For them, everything slowly becomes about family and children. But maybe, once in a while, our dear mothers can stop, breathe, and decide to travel alone. Four mothers, who have tried the same, shared the unparalleled joy of travelling solo and discussed reasons why it should be considered more, with Telegraph India.
For 40-year-old Tanusri Basak, who is a documentary filmmaker, a break from looking after her six-year-old son and a dependent mother and running the house is a must. “Every now and then I need to take off, handing over the reins to my husband,” she shared. Till date, she has had more than 10 solo trips.
What does she like about travelling solo? Doing everything on her own. “I prefer doing everything on my own — from the research to booking tickets and accommodation. The trip is like my baby where I get to call the shots at every step,” explained Tanusri. Walking, exploring, visiting non-touristy places, and sampling local food, she likes to do it all at her own pace. “It’s the solo trips that make you grow. I need at least one such holiday a year,” she said.
Sangeeta Chatterjee Maitra, a 42-year-old finance professional, discovered the joys of travelling alone when a family holiday got curtailed. “My husband and I had planned an extensive Europe tour last year but he got leave for only 10 days. I was not prepared to return halfway, so I did Munich and Prague on my own,” said Chatterjee, mother of a 10-year-old.
Liberation is what she found and experienced. “I cycled after ages. I ate what I liked and felt like a carefree bird. Vacations with family can also get stressful,” added Sangeeta, who followed up the first solo trip with another trip to Darjeeling. “My friends were not free, so I decided to take off alone again. At times I just stayed indoors to read, rejuvenate and eat my favourite food. I sought pleasure in solitude,” she shared.
Arts manager and entrepreneur Ruchira Das needs a break from the daily grind to free up her cluttered mind. “I have a helpful partner who makes up for my absence at home. But I still fret at times,” said the 42-year-old who has been to Italy, Germany, and Kerala on her own. “After returning I share my experiences in detail so that my family does not feel left out,” she shared.
“In the end, you are not actually alone. You are just not with the people you know and that helps to broaden your mind,” explained Ruchira on the advantage of travelling alone.
A 45-Year-old teacher, Madhumita Bhattacharya, feels the same. “My daughter, who is in Class XI, would feel insecure initially when I left without her for a vacation. Mothers travel for work all the time but only a few travel alone for fun. But my solo trips have helped her become more self-sufficient. My daughter now respects my need for space and can’t wait for her first backpacking adventure,” she said.
“Since you are alone you don’t want to slow yourself down with too much luggage,” suggested Madhumita, who treks on her own and has travelled to Scotland alone. “I used to be careless about my stuff. But after losing my train ticket in Scotland, I have learnt to be more careful with my papers. I am also more tech-savvy now after all the research and online bookings and can read road maps better,” she added.
H/T: Telegraph India