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I am in introvert by nature, I am a deep thinker, I wear my heart on my sleeve and I do not like small talks and fake people. Growing up I struggled fitting in. For two reasons, my brain is wired in a genius creative way, When I look at words they are normally dancing on the paper and the other reason, I was not Indian enough to fit in the Indian society and I did not look, sound or act like the rest of western society. I ended up with a brain tattoo, I am not good enough and I do not fit in. Almost 30 years of my life I lived with depression, anger, pain, hurt, all this negative emotion manifested to me attracting toxic people and toxic relationships in my life. People who made me feel small, make me feel stupid and make me feel like I dont belong. I attracted theses people because my mind needed to confirm my self talk / my reality. See what I did not know at the time was what I focused on became my reality.

My waking moment was when I realised I am not doing a good job as a mother. I am unconsciously teaching my daughters my deepest, darkest limiting belief. Even though I was not actually teaching them this, they where learning from watching, listening and mirroring me.

Once I realised I was the only person that can change what was happening in myself, I had to take action. Awareness is an amazing state. Clarity is like a map, you know where you are going. There is no guessing games or doing the same thing everyday and expecting a different result. 

I TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO UNLEASH THE POWER OF YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF. I DO THIS THROUGH A PROCESS I CALL – SOLO TRALVEl TO SELF DISCOVERY

It starts with – How to have a good, healthy relationship with yourself.

Let’s face it the relationship you have with yourself is the longest relationship you will have with anyone in your life.

When I say how to have a good relationship with yourself, I am not talking about your relationship with your parents, your partner, your children, your friends, your boss/workers, etc

These are all the relationships that are the after effect of the relationship you have with yourself.

The self discovery process I went through, taught me lessons, challenged me to the my deepest core of existence and broke me, I was un hypnotised from the noise of the society. 

I learned the tools and insights on WHY this is so important, and WHY everyone of us needs help with this at some stage of our lives.

The way I see my life now is

“My first and foremost, the most important relationship is with yourself – all others are mirrors of it.

As I learn to love myself, I automatically receive the love and appreciation that I desire from others.

If I am committed to myself and to living my truth, I will attract others with equal commitment.

My willingness to be intimate with my own deep feelings creates the space for intimacy with another.

As I learn to love myself, I receive the love I desire from others” by Shakti Gawain.

We can live our whole life as a victim of someone or something, it is always some one else’s fault how my life sucks. Or we can live our life as a gift it was meant to be, the joy we were to bring in others lives by serving them with the gift we are all born with.

The question is how do you find that gift??

We live in the world where the media, the society and the chaotic noise tells us we are not enough. All the advertising you see, buy this and you will be enough, do this and you will be enough, wear this you will be enough.

All this gives us the illusion that who we are is not good enough so we need that nice car, we need that designer shoe, we need that botox, we need that size 2 body, we need that big diamond …. the list just goes on and on.

How many times have you felt amazing after you put on that expensive designer label dress, you feel like you belong, you look the part, you feel like you fit in, you feel you are enough, in fact more than enough, then you get one person give you that look of judgement and your are back to feeling like you are not enough, you dont feel so amazing anymore even though you are still wearing this beautiful dress????

So What changed?

I am still to meet one person, who has done all this and said I am enough, there is alway something more they need to be enough.

I am here to tell you – YOU ARE ENOUGH

Let me help you see your inner beauty, be your true potential, hear your true voice and feel the power of your authentic self ….. You are enough exactly the way you are.

Travelquote: “And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar Join ME, MYSELF AND I … by Subscribing. You will receive instant access to all there is to know about about Solo travel to Self Discovery. Unleash the power of your Authentic Self. GRAB YOURSELF A COPY OF MY EBOOK, TRAVEL SAFE, TRAVEL SMART AND TRAVEL SOLO



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  Travel Safe, Travel Smart and Travel Solo I find a smile speaks a thousand words in any language. Always smile especially if you do not speak the local language. 

(1) If you feel like you are being followed, walk into the first – restaurant, cafe, hotel you see and then ask for help. Whatever you do, do not keep walking to your hotel and do not panic.


(2) When you pack your cabin bag, always pack like it’s your weekender, change of clothes for three days / 2 nights, all you need to be comfortable at your destination just in case the airline loses your suitcase. This happens more often then you think, especially on long haul or connecting flights.


(3) Safety comes before Money when you are traveling solo, make this your travel mantra. If you are a budget traveler, use local bus, metro, train or use Taxi / Uber at night. Do not walk alone at night, doesn’t matter how experienced you are at solo traveling. Too many Solo Travelers are getting themselves into dangerous situations because they are tight for money. Ask yourself – What is you’re wellbeing worth, what is your life worth???

(4) Keep your cash and bank cards in different locations, e.g., Travel Wallet with RFID, in case you get robbed. Your handbag is most likely to get snatched, keep only minimal cash in your handbag. I use a bag for items like a drink bottle, face wipe, umbrella, etc.

(5) Don’t walk alone at night, especially in dark alleys and quiet parks. If you do get caught out – where you have to walk a few minutes from the train station or bus stop to your hotel, walk really close behind a couple or group of people as if you are part of that group. I know this sounds creepy but trust me; you do not want to make it stand out that you are walking alone at night.

(6) Wear clothing that is appropriate to the local culture and that you feel comfortable wearing; it also helps avoid extra or unnecessary attention to yourself.

(7) Always have a budget for your travel. As a solo traveler, you do not want to run out of money on the road. ALWAYS keep extra cash for last minute things like taking a Taxi / Uber instead of walking or taking a bus or metro at night.

(8) Be sure to invest extra time and money on your safety. What I mean by this is – if you are flying to a destination for the first time make sure you arrive at your destination in daylight. If you have visited a place many times and you are comfortable with the destination, you know your way around then by all means – arrive any time of day or night. 

(9) Don’t post your exact location or check in to social media, Sharing your agenda or location on social media while you are traveling allows potential thieves to keep track of where you are, and that makes you an easy target. My advice; wait for a few days after you have left that location to post and share your experience with your family and friends.

(10) Keep a close eye on the daily transactions of your credit, debit or travel card while you are on the road. If you are using a bank card – I advise that you inform the bank of your travel dates and the places you will be visiting.

(11) Research your destination for the activities, tours and, excursions that you might want to participate in and find the cost involved so you can budget accordingly.

(12) Download google maps on your smartphone. Check the start and end points of your journey, in your hotel, where usually there is free internet.

(13) Do not drink too much alcohol. You do not have anyone to look after you if you get yourself into a state.  This also attracts predators.

(14) The best way for any traveler to travel safely is to change the mindset from everything cheap to safety first. When a traveler is trying to save $5.00 on transport, then ends up dragging a suitcase up and down unknown street/s, you put yourself in danger — safety before Money.

(15) Plan things, like exchange rates for example, if you know you will be traveling to Europe or the USA this year, change the currency when the exchange rate is good. Do not wait until the last minute.

(16) When you are picking a location for your accommodation, pick somewhere right in the middle of all the action or the main street of the city, town or village. This way you will be in a safe distance to get out and enjoy a nice dinner and stroll through the city and get the night vibe.

(17) Make sure your mobile phone is always fully charged before you hit the road if you can always carry a backup charger or battery.

(18) Do not travel with anything you can not afford to lose. Expensive jewelry, shoes, etc

(19) Have some understanding of the political and security situation of your destination. Research this on government websites, not social media.

(20) If you are traveling solo, I strongly recommend that you book your accommodation before arrival, especially if you are due to arrive at your destination late at night.

(21) If you are traveling to a country that requires you to have a visa, I recommend you get your visa organized well in advance (give yourself heaps of time). Keep in mind your visa can be rejected. If you leave this to last minute, it can get very costly.

(22) Always have your government 24-hour consular assistances details on you – The Australian Governments, 24-hour consular assistance details are +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas. Ph:1300 555 135 from within Australia.

(23) Alway get Travel Insurance when you are traveling overseas. Be prepared for the worse and wish for the best situation. Flights get delayed or canceled, bad weather, sickness, etc, please do not travel without travel insurance. 


Travelquote: “And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar Join ME, MYSELF AND I … by Subscribing. You will receive instant access to all there is to know about ….. HOW TO #TRAVELSAFE #TRAVELSMART #TRAVELSOLO By YOGITA RIDGLEY GRAB YOURSELF A COPY OF MY EBOOK, TRAVEL SAFE, TRAVEL SMART AND TRAVEL SOLO


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IS SOLO TRAVELING DANGEROUS?

I have spent the last two years empowering woman to Travel Solo to Self Discovery. My motto has been – Learn how to Travel Smart, Travel Safe and Travel Solo. Those readers who have been following me on my journey, first of all, I thank you from the bottom of my heart; secondly, I would like to ask you, what you have learned from my blogs, videos, and newsletters?

As I write this blog, my heart breaks with the news of Grace Millanes tragic death while solo traveling in New Zealand. As a solo traveler whose life mission is to teach women of all ages how to travel smart, travel safe and travel solo – I somehow feel I have let Grace and other female travelers down who have been either killed, raped or hurt while traveling. There is nothing I can do to bring Grace Millane back or any of the other solo travelers, but I can stop this from happening to any other Solo Traveler or any Traveler for that matter.

 

 

Last week I was on the phone with a lady who was helping me promote my business, this lovely lady says to me, “My daughters are 18,22, 25, the new generation woman are so empowered and confident.” I have a big problem with this statement. This is what Google says ” confidence” means, the feeling or belief that one can have faith in or rely on someone or something. “we had every confidence in the staff” synonyms:    trust, belief, faith, credence, conviction; More antonyms:    distrust, scepticism the state of feeling certain about the truth of something. “I can say with confidence that I have never before driven up this street” a feeling of self-assurance arising from an appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities. “she’s brimming with confidence” synonyms:    self-assurance, self-confidence, self-reliance, belief in oneself, faith in oneself, positiveness, assertiveness, self-possession, nerve, poise, aplomb, presence of mind, phlegm, level-headedness, cool-headedness, firmness, courage, boldness, mettle, fortitude “she’s brimming with confidence” antonyms:    doubt, uncertainty

 

My question to you, the readers, the solo traveler’s, the traveler’s, the cynics – What is confidence?? What makes a person confident?

 

 

I want you to imagine this scenario,  If I say to you, I am so confident that I can put a blindfold on and walk across the street in a peak hour traffic.

 

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