Solo travel wasn’t considered safe, ideal or trendy for Indian women 25 years ago.
Those who traveled alone were often criticized for defying cultural and societal norms — dismissed as adamant, single women who didn’t care about their own safety.
But that didn’t deter Dr. Sudha Mahalingam. When she tagged along on her husband’s work trips abroad, she used the opportunities to tap into her adventurous side.
Her husband, not fond of exploring, would ask Mahalingam to visit the touristy landmarks with a local guide. But she disliked planned trips and package tours.
Do you mind if my little brother tags along? My parents want him to get out of the house for a while.