This is a bit of a long shot but I'm looking for some opinions, and hoping somebody on here has some experience of this.
As somebody who would be considered disabled, or at least different (4'10" tall guy)! I'm considering setting off on my own adventures. There are a few extra niggles on my mind which have been bothering me and holding me back slightly. Different cultures have different attitudes to disabled people, from accepting, to staring to downright contempt, and Im wondering if anybody has any experiences of this? Ive got my heart set on India but have no idea what sort of reception I will get, I guess any traveller will get a fair ammount of attention in certain places, but I dont want to get too much attention, especially if I am on my own.
If anybody has any advice it would be much appreciated
4 ft 10 in - thats just under 1,50 m, right?
Considering that many Asian men are between 1,55 and 1,75 m I don't think you'll stick out that much.
Try it from the perspective of a 1,80 m (6 ft) blond and blue-eyed girl with a heavy frame - there is no way for me to hide anywhere. Smaller people can just dissappear in the crowd, all they have to do is find a way to use others as shield. I can't do this. In a crowd of Asians you can see me for miles.
As for the stares you'll should be used to them, just ignore it. And considering how diverse and colorful India is I doubt you'll have any problems travelling there. I think your biggest problem of travelling India on your own will be your luggage. Normally you would take a backpack to India, since suitcases with wheels are not practical there. But unless you pack very light you'll have problems finding a backpack that fits you and your "little" problem.
Mate, i'm sure you'll be fine... that's pretty short, but not amazingly so, I wouldn't think it'd be that big an issue at all in most places, umm... how you act and treat others is much more likely to affect how you're received, I reckon. Be confident and just enjoy yourself - all manner of people go travelling, I don't think anyone's going to be shocked in India by a short guy - most of the dudes there aren't renowned for being 7 foot giants, exactly! I think you're much more likely to stand out as a Westerner (?) than for your hight.
Good luck, i'm sure it'll be fine; you'll probably meet up with other people, anyway..
to be honest, westeners in general get stared at, especially women, in India. I travelled with two other women and we got a lot of attention, it's something you just get used to, you get to find your own ways of dealing with it!
I doubt you will but don't let any worries hold you back from doing it, especially India, it's hard but oh so worth it!