Her website gives advice on the 35 countries she's been to but has become the go-to site for India travel, focusing on offbeat places & “glamorous travel”.
Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE magazine, Tripadvisor, and Thomas Cook.
I smile and wave.1) a line will form (you get to feel like a celebrity, but it will get old trust me) or 2) they aren’t always taking these photos in an innocent way.
Although a great resource for visa requirements, vaccination details, and updated terrorist attack warnings sent straight to my cell phone, they aren’t always a reliable source for making your next destination decision as they make India seem very scary! They give advice on avoiding the increase in rapes, particularly in Delhi, and of “eve-teasing” increasing toward Westerners… Imagine knowing nothing about a country and reading that information…It’s unfortunate, and I do have remarkable Indian guy friends, but I can’t pretend like this doesn’t happen. If you meet a lovely guy you’d like to flirt with, by all means, be honest. I cannot begin to understand what they really get out of that, but regardless they love it. Most men who pull this stunt don’t speak English well enough to understand your yelling either. Many times, Indian women are afraid to go to the police because they may be blamed or judged.It beats having to deal with the rickshaw drivers fighting over who gets to take the tourist at 10x the real price. Tell them to call you by name so you know it’s really them. As a tourist or even an Indian woman, help out by making law enforcement acknowledge these crimes.I thought, that’d be strange, why would a driver do that? I still don’t know why it’s scary; I suppose because they will drive you off to the middle of nowhere and rape you? I cannot count the number of times a rickshaw driver’s friend has hopped in right before we take off. Your friend cannot come.” If they have a problem with that, I get a new rickshaw.If they ask why, I don’t say, “Oh because I’m afraid you’ll rape me and this here is your partner in crime!, I have rode buses alone at night in Delhi and I have had very few, hardly any, problems. When I have encountered a problem (a sneaky little ass-grab), I went bat-shit crazy on the men and they cowered, embarrassed by their actions. Maybe it’s not the best advice but all together I’ve been in India two years and eve-teasing has happened a lot…although not so much in Goa, making a scene always works for me. He’ll at least feel embarrassed, especially if his wife is there!