See My India

“My mum is very upset. I forgot to send her a message last night to say I was fine. Despite the fact I left home 8 years ago and lived in 3 different cities in two different countries since, she is currently very worried. When I was living in London, we would chat once a week or less, but since I’ve touched Indian soil, she has been extremely worried. Do you know why? Because there is this pre-concept/rumour/urban legend in the Western world of India being extremely dangerous for female travellers, the impossibility to walk on the streets without being sexually harassed (there is harassment, but of another type which I will discuss on my blog later this week….), of men touching you without permission or various other risks for women. So, my mum, for the first time in 8 years, requests me to keep her constantly updated of my movements: morning, afternoon and evening.. That’s why, even being the least tech mom I know, she is on Snapchat now 😅 My mum, and many, many other people around the world think of #India as a scary country – thanks to the media btw – but I’m here to try and destroy this idea forever. I’ve been asked by a few local people here to help spreading the word so, here I am to do so as I desperately want the world to know that – if you are smart enough and respect the local culture – India IS safe. It’s been only two weeks, so maybe too early for such a statement, but let’s see if I will have to change my mind or not. I’m willing to take this challenge on. #letschangewhattheworldthinksofIndia

This is something I wrote on my Instagram 45 weeks ago while I was travelling around Rajasthan and the rest of India. Back then, I was still at the very beginning of my three-month Indian tour that would later take me to eleven states of that beautiful country. Fast forward to today and I still stand for what I wrote back then. My trip and adventure around India was just filled with the most incredible memories and experiences and despite whatever the media says, I’ve always felt safe and secure.

My mission to change what the world thinks of India hasn’t stopped when I left the country back in December. In fact, I’ve started a solitary campaign to address the questions and the doubts of all my friends, relatives and whomever was asking my opinion. I have kept this cause close to my heart – as I’ve always hated prejudice, racism and stereotypes – with the hope that more and more people interested in the Indian culture would finally leave their fears behind and just go.

https://www.instagram.com/p/91eSUnsQ1d/?tagged=thestoryteller_inindia


It was with immense humbleness and excitement that I have accepted the role of brand ambassador and testimonial for F5 Escapes,
an alternative travel company, based in Bangalore, India with a vision to redefine the way women travel India. Their goal – like mine – is to make India a preferred destination for women travellers from across the globe.

Their next tour leaves in November and in 18 days you will have the unique opportunity to explore some of the most amazing places in India all in the safety and comfort of trusty hands. I couldn’t  recommend F5 Escapes or this specific tour strongly enough. What you have to do is to drop me a comment below letting me know you are interested and I will send you all the info and put you in touch directly with one of the amazing F5 Escapes girls. For a very convenient price you can witness and experience the best that India has to offer and I am sure will be amazed by this incredible country.

5 FACTS ABOUT F5 ESCAPES: 

  • 3 years in operation
  • Incorporated in India as Zingara Solutions Pvt. Ltd
  • 250+ trusted vendor network across India for end to end logistics support
  • 600+ customers – Indians and expats
  • 100+ tours – groups and customized itineraries

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THE F5 ADVANTAGES:

  • Experience with flights ticketing
  • Experience handling international women travellers
  • Good industry connects for seamless end to end logistics
  • Local tour leads from different parts of India know their land like the back of their hand
  • Well-researched, destinations already executed with current set of women customers

THE TOUR

The Itinerary

  • 17nights/18days (departing in November / January / February and March)
  • Delhi – Agra – Amritsar – Dhramshala – Rajasthan – Kerala – Delhi
  • A glimpse of desert, Himalayas, beaches and backwaters at a moderate pace

If you wish to know more about the tour or F5 Escapes, please feel free to drop me an email to sabrina.andrea.sachs@gmail.com or leave me a comment below.
You can also check more of my Indian shot here and you are still in time to pre-order a copy of your “See My India”, a photo memoir of my travels there here.

  • This looks amazing. I can’t tell you how proud I am that you have accepted a role advocating for solo female travel, breaking down so many stereotypes along the way. Thank you for that, I look so forward to seeing what you do with F5 in the future. – Sophia from http://sophiawithoutborders.com

    • Thank you so much Sophia! have you been to India or are you thinking to go there? I’d love to help you out organising a most memorable travel to that beautiful country! let me know! 🙂

  • Punita Malhotra

    You’re covering the length of the country! Good choices, all..for a first visit. Of course, India is huge and like every other country, deserves many more visits.. 🙂 Wishing you the best!

    • Thank you Punita! I’ve actually spent almost four months in India last year so I’ve seen pretty much all the things I wanted to see, but I’d love to go back one day..my dream is to live there for a year or two. maybe one day…… 🙂

  • I agree that India has a bad reputation on dealing with women but this cannot possibly all a media beat up. Some of these stories are horrific! That said I woudn’t rule it of my list forever but I would be very wary. I’m not usually a group tour kinda gal but this seems like a good option for first timers to get the lay of the land.

    • That’s true, but this things happen EVERYWHERE, not only in India. But when they do happen in India, the headline is always something like “another rape”, “murder again…” and titles like this which make the readers think that the country is more dangerous than it is in fact. I have spent three and half months there and I never had problems. If it was this terrible, I should have at least had some issues or maybe be killed?
      And yes, I cannot recommend F5 enough, I think for first times is the best option! have a look at their website!

  • Malaika Fernandes

    Loved the way how you did this post.-I am an Indian . It is sad though that the media portrays us as an unsafe one for especially women travelers. Hope the mishaps and the way the world perceives my country changes soon

    • I really hope so and after spending over three months there I feel it’s my duty to help you change the perspective about your amazing country. I loved it so much!

  • lexhan

    this is a deep topic, women need better tell than this in India, i hope there comes a change in this as its way better than they say it.

    • Not sure I understood your comment, but I think I agree with the fact that India is much better than what people outside think.

  • Your mother is so protective ♥ But in a nice way, of course 🙂
    Yep, it´s true. Even here, in Slovakia, there are sayings like this about India 🙁

    * Le blog de la Licorne *

    • You totally should! And F5 Escapes is the perfect solution for first timers! Let me know if you wish me to put you in touch with them x

  • EG Green

    Very awesome initiative. I’ve heard countless women say they want to visit India but are afraid to do so alone. I’m hoping that F5 helps to ease women’s apprehension regarding travel thru India.

    • I was one of them, but I’ve totally changed my mind now as I’ve travelled there for over three months. India is such an incredible and beautiful country, that I recommend everyone to visit at least once in their life. Have you been?