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What are your feelings like when you’re heading back home, after a really nice vacation?

A good vacation rejuvenates me as nothing else does. No spa, no mall can come close to the feeling of absolute contentment I feel when I am away from the city and when I am one with nature. Of course, the moment I touch city limits after a good holiday, it’s a sinking feeling. The stress sets in immediately, and I know that until my next vacation I have to wake up to the sounds of incessant honking and traffic – rather than the melodious bird sounds and the pollution-free air that I miss so much. I call it the holiday hangover, and the only ‘fix’ that can help me get over it is another holiday. Most of the times, I cannot wait to simply pack my bags, load the camera, and leave.

 

Q&A: In conversation with Travel Blogger Shama Ahmed

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Q&A – May 2019

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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

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Hooma & Sudeep are the founders of Travel Jaunts, a travel company based out of Bangalore. They are travellers, bloggers, photographers and tour organizers. This young couple loves to travel family-in-tow, at the slightest opportunity life provides, to create and build an exciting bank of memories. They have been traveling for the last 14 years – extensively within India, and to over 25 countries across the globe.

From a background perspective, both Hooma and Sudeep are management graduates. Hooma has worked in Banking & Insurance, and has managed an online art gallery before starting Travel Jaunts. Sudeep works with Dell as India Sales Director.

We talk to this young couple about their travel interests and the travel opportunities they offer through Travel Jaunts.

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Q&A – November 2018

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Over the last few months, we have featured some of the country’s best-known travel writers. These are people who venture into uncharted territories to tell a story – a story that’s untold. They do this through a narrative that takes us right there – right in the middle of it.

And unlike most of us who take a break from work, these travel writers take their breaks from travel to be with family and friends.

While their life and lifestyle sounds interesting, things can be difficult – because you’re always on the move. For some people, sunrise could be at one location and sunset, in a totally different geography. But they still do it, with unbridled enthusiasm that fuels every step, every mile, and every journey that they undertake.

B. S. Rathor
Advisor & Member – Executive Committee

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Message of the Month – September 2018

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Do you think families with young children should do sanctuary tours?
It is useful to take children out on a safari, as it rolls out lessons on a whole new world out there, and the need to protect it. They get to learn about animal behavior and natural habitat. They learn the importance of patience and discipline. They could also learn about conserving nature and protecting our national reserves. Personally, I think this should also open people’s eyes to the sanctity of wildlife. If your children see an elephant in the wild, they should be alarmed at the prospect of “converting it into a tourist vehicle” for revenue and profits.

Having said that, I must say that it is not advisable to take children below six years, for more than one reason. For one thing, a three-hour-long safari can be extremely tiring – it can also be scary in terms of jungle noises and sounds. (It can also be difficult to expect them to be orderly and quiet – just not possible.)

On a recent safari, I saw a family with a baby, barely five months old. It was 40 degrees Celsius and extremely dusty – uncomfortable even for adults. I just cannot understand how people can be so irresponsible.

In conversation with travel writer, Chittra M.
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Q&A – September 2018

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I must say that we had a really nice time – fortunately we had good friends in India who gifted us their weeks at a few timeshare resorts and helped organize a nice round-trip. This was a holiday that will be permanently etched in our minds. Overall, we found the standard of service to be good, and the food was excellent. We come from a predominantly wine growing area, and by our measure some of your Indian wines are pretty good.

Based on our experience in terms of staying at a timeshare resort, we found very little difference between a hotel in India and a timeshare resort – in terms of properties, quality of service, food and the little details that go into making it a pleasant, comfortable experience.

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Snapshots on Timeshare

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Q – These days, holiday resorts are strategically located near sanctuaries. Does this make things convenient for travelers? How useful is this to widen the vacation experience?

A – Having a good resort near a sanctuary works out well in many ways. Because these resorts have their own panel of naturalists, who have years of experience and are excellent guides. It’s an opportunity to share magical moments with someone who understands the language of the jungle, even in the middle of the night.

National parks are not all about spotting the big cat – many resorts are now coming up with cycling tracks through buffer zones, tribal village trips, nature walks, star gazing, bush dinners, and sundowner sessions – experiences closer to nature. You can learn about flora and fauna, insects and birds – and you can learn about sustainable living. Especially in terms of how they process organic waste, and manage organic vegetable gardens. Importantly, it’s learning about being plastic-free and environment friendly. There are so many takeaways that you will experience, that one visit out here is not enough.

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Q&A – July 2018

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