Hey yo, ladies; it’s time to pack your bags and get away from everything and everyone for at least ten days. And before doing that, quickly apply for this travel grant that will let you travel to any destination of your choice in Nepal for free. (Don’t look twice, that’s not a typo.)
The Solo Woman Travel Challenge is back. Currently in its fourth year, the initiative by Nepali Travellers is now accepting applications. If you’re a Nepali citizen who identifies as female, born on or before August 1, 2000; you are eligible to apply. It doesn’t matter if you have ever traveled solo or not – ‘cos there’s always a first time. This platform could give you your first experience of traveling alone, if you’re willing to.
In order to apply, you’ll need to fill up a form online and the most important part of it is your travel itinerary. You’ll have to tell them the complete details of when and where you are going to travel to and what stuff you’ll be doing there, along with the details on budget. Also, you’ll need to plan for at least ten days. Does that sound scary? Oh, come on. It’s going to be the “once in a lifetime experience” that you’re going to cherish forever.
Here’s what happens once you fill up the form online: Your profiles will be published by Nepali Travellers on its Facebook page between August 3 to 15 and the applicants who secure 1000 votes (likes) on the platform will qualify for the interview round 1. A total of 50 contestants would be selected from the first interview round who will then face the second round of interview on August 28. And finally, on September 1, the top 10 finalists would be announced who will be awarded the grant.
After attending some workshops on risk management, wilderness first-aid and other stuff; those ten finalists will travel to their destinations between September 15 to December 15 this year.
Check out the complete timeline here.
Well, that’s not it yet. Earlier this week, the organizers announced that there’s going to be a major change in the campaign this year. Not only the ten finalists will be traveling to their favorite destination within Nepal, but one among them will win a fully funded international solo trip as well.
Now, how cool is that!
Also, all of the top 50 participants will receive Rs. 5000 worth of KTM CTY shopping vouchers.
Enough talking. Go apply.