How to break free and travel the country? A woman traveller's perspective

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by Malini Gowrishankar on Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Session type
Lightning Talk

Technical level


To inspire more women to break the notion that the country is unsafe to travel.
To get men thinking as to why it is essential for the woman they love to break free from stereotypes


The negative publicity about the country as a rape destination has done pretty much of a damage to Indian tourism, especially with the number of independent women travellers dwindling. Whereas at home, it is more of a mindset barrier for the Indian woman to break free and travel. As a mom and an entrepreneur who helps other women travel especially in India, I wish to talk about what does it take to break free? Why is it the need of the hour? What are the tips and tricks that you can keep in mind when travelling, especially in India? You can expect all these issues to be addressed during this session.


An open mind and a willing-to-break-free attitude!

Speaker bio

Malini Gowrishankar

Freelance voice-over artist and entrepreneur (

I am an Electronics and Communication Engineer by qualification(as if it matters?!! and that’s a different topic altogether) and in 2013, I was a part of the MPWE (Management Program for Women Entrepreneurs), conducted by IIM Bangalore.
My experience spans multiple industries – after working for over 7 years in the IT industry as a techie, I decided to pursue my hobby of voice-overs full time. I quit my job and started doing voice-overs and creative writing. For over 3 years, I actively lent my voice for e-learning, radio and TVCs, short videos, animated CD ROMs etc. During this period, I also worked (as a freelance consultant) as a Tamil Radio Jockey for 1.5 years with TimbreMedia (Worldspace Radio.)

In July 2013, I started my first business venture, F5 Escapes. F5 Escapes is an alternate travel company, focused on providing offbeat travel experiences to the urban woman.F5 Escapes offers customized itineraries too, for women groups and families.
I also actively volunteered with Headstart Network Foundation – Bangalore Chapter. HNF is one of India’s biggest grassroots level entrepreneurship communities, within presence in over 13 cities.

Why should ‘I’ talk about this topic?

I’ve travelled. I’ve lost and rediscovered myself - though it sounds cliched, that’s exactly how it has been. Solo, with family, with just my child , with friends, with strangers - I’ve travelled with none, any or all of them.
Ticked off more than 15 Indian states and 11 countries before I hit 30. Started a travel company to help other women break free and travel too. Have helped over 200 women travel, so far.