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This month, we present an interesting trend or development that has pretty much become a pattern of behavior in modern families. It’s about how children can, or will influence most decisions made by young parents. Right from the choice of TVs and music systems, to picking designations for the family’s annual holiday. (They have a clear say in what, how, where, and when . . .)

These wish lists are a clear indication that the head of the household is open to new ideas – even from children in the family.

Older parents (maybe 10 years ago) looked forward to the familiar when it came to picking a holiday destination every year. And the familiar surroundings of a home resort offered a sense of comfort in many ways.

But young members of the family get bored easily with the “same old stuff” as they say. They want to explore different locations and look forward to new experiences, each time they go on a vacation.

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Message of the Month – April 2019

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The Musafir Stories (TMS) is hosted by Bangalore-based couple Saif Omar and Faiza Khan. Here are some sound bytes from our interview with the founders of TMS.

When we moved back to India, I was looking to consume local podcasts but the options were limited. That’s when we wondered about giving podcasting a shot – even though neither of us has any background in media/journalism, or even full-time travel for that matter.

We started TMS as a passion project primarily to make more people aware about India and what it has to offer through conversations with some very interesting people – conversations that are both informative and easy on the ear. As kids, most of us have grown up on the culture of listening to stories from grandparents and elders. We can fondly recall sharing first-hand experiences about travel and life in general, with classmates and friends. The culture of story-telling and listening is deep-wired in us.

To make things different, we try to cover various facets of travel, right from popular destinations, city guides, weekend itineraries, experiences that cover mountains, wildlife and beaches, to activities like trekking, adventure and road trips. We also have other features of interest on our platform for our Indian audiences – like volunteering, slow travel and offbeat travel.

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Q&A – April 2019

 

Jayashree Bhat works as a Senior Manager, Data Management, at Syneos Health Limited. Currently single, she enjoys travelling and connecting with new people. On a vacation she particularly likes to understand and experience the culture, the customs and local flavors – yes, that combo can make things really special for her.

Jayashree has a Club Mahindra membership that she picked up in 2014, and over these five years she has criss-crossed the country on several vacations – some of them outside of the timeshare platform as well.

Along with her friends, Jayashree has been to some really exotic locations such as Ladakh, Saputara/Hatgad, Odisha, Tadoba-Pench, Egypt and Bandhavgadh. According to her, these vacations largely happened because her friends were doing all the planning and coordination – all she had to do was pack her bags and join the gang.

For the AIRDA content team, it was really interesting chatting with Jayashree, because here was someone who looked at travel as an interesting learning experience.

Talking to Jayashree Bhat of Mumbai
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Q&A – March 2019

We live in such troubled times. Climate change, global warming, large scale dumping of plastic waste in our oceans. What has all of this got to do with your vacation calendar for the next 25 years? (Remember, you get a 25-year-calendar on your timeshare membership.)

Your resort may have nothing to do with all this, because the symptoms described above are part of a larger chain reaction. Pollutants floating in ocean waters will eventually wash up ashore – so there goes that picture-perfect beach holiday that you dreamed of. Plastic debris that sinks may be swallowed by the same fish that is served up at a beach shack – slice open your fried fish and you might find a bottle cap inside. Sounds unpalatable, and we do hope that does not happen to you. (But this is a scenario in-the-making and might soon happen at a beach near you.)

B. S. Rathor
Advisor & Member – Executive Committee

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Message of the Month – March 2019

This podcast has been shared from this web location >
https://audioboom.com/channel/the-musafir-stories-india-travel-podcast

Check out this joint promotion Seniority has with Club Mahindra
https://mailchi.mp/6a2d6e56906d/guess-who-won-a-5-star-holiday?e=2fd23cafa6


This story of mine has to do with feedback
, customer feedback at a hotel, resort, or maybe a home-stay location. (That little slip of paper where you have tick-boxes on service levels.) Some of these have smileys with different expressions – ranging from happy, to hopping mad.

And there are times when, out of sheer reflex action linked to a particular incident, we tend to award “minus” points to the resort, on ALL other counts. Though this is completely understandable, I would suggest that you take the broader, more considerate view.

 

B. S. Rathor
Advisor & Member – Executive Committee

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Message of the Month – February 2019