On My Way To La Serenissima!!

This is coming to you from Chennai airport where I await the boarding call for my first ever solo trip.

The ‘solo’ bit seems to have thrown a few people off kilter, including the Italian consulate, that demanded a letter from my husband stating he had no objection to my traveling alone!!! While he couldn’t wipe the grin off his face, I came close to telling them to chuck their visas in less polite lingo. My urge to wander proved stronger than my injured pride though. I was convinced the visa processing officer must have been an MCP Indian male, until my sister – who travels solo quite often – informed me that it was pretty common practice with most countries she had applied to! In this day and age???

The five days since our return from Kabini passed in such a blur, I just couldn’t find time to sort out and process my photos for the Bhuta Kola story as promised. Sincere apologies. Shall do it first thing after my return on the 6th. Until then, here is a teaser:


Have a great week ahead……….I know I will 🙂

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

115 thoughts on “On My Way To La Serenissima!!

  1. yes !!……..I was shocked when I was asked for a NOC from my husband when applying for Singapore visa. But I quickly found out, it is a standard practice for a lot of visas !! My husband always teases me by saying I will not give you a NOC if you don’t get me so and so things from your trips :)…..why doesn’t the man need NOC from his wife, I wonder ??

    1. Really! And i don’t understand the point, when widows and single women are exempt! Wonder if these bureaucrats think things through :/

    1. Yes! And Western double standards naturally reserved for third world countries, or their women would, like you say, go ballistic 😀

  2. How frustrating! I’ve done a stupid amount of traveling solo and not once been asked to produce a ‘no objection certificate’ from my husband. However there is that double standard of being a ‘white’ Canadian hence not subject to the regular norms for women travellers from India. Sigh…

    1. Reeks of double standards doesn’t it? I intend attaching a link to this post on my next application. Hope it doesn’t backfire 🙂

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