Beth Whitman is a publisher, author, tour guide and traveller. We previously spoke with Beth about women travelling solo around the world, but today we focus on two of her favourite countries: Bhutan and India.
India is a huge country with amazing variety and an energetic vibe. Beth compares her budget travel there 20 years ago with her recent visits with friends who have hosted her.
India is still a cheap country to travel in; she estimates US$5,000 could last for six months or more, and outlines several regions to visit during that time. We also touch on arts and politics, looking at practical ways to help alleviate the suffering of beggars and children.
Bhutan is a tricky country for independent travellers: the government mandates that everyone must be part of a guided tour! That said, Beth talks about the country’s beauty, peace and culture. She tries to dig below the surface and give us a taste of travelling there.
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