Travelling to a new destination is always exciting. The moment we land, we tend to look for things to do, places to eat and to shop! But a new trend that is slowly emerging in travel, suggests that globetrotters now-a-days are travelling not just for leisure but also to learn. Travellers now explore and gain the knowledge about the place, the local culture, the native cuisine, art, architecture, crafts and much more. Talking to people who have travelled like this, we find out what they have learned from the places they have visited.
Sreeram Anvesh who owns an eatery in namma ooru went in search of unique combinations of milk says, “I travelled to the UK to learn about their food culture, mainly milkshakes and waffles. THe UK changed my perception of milkshakes. Going there, I learnt that milkshakes are anything but ordinary. They have combinations that one couldn’t even think about. I would just sit and watch them make the milkshakes. Inspired by them, I came up with my own combinations.”
Adam Pasha a grooming coach for beauty pageants and one of the contestants of Bigg Boss Season 6 (kannada) never thought that a trip to Bangkok would impact his life as it did. He shares, “When I first went to Bangkok, I was taken to drag performance which left me mesmerised, so much so that I brought Drag to Bengaluru in 2008. To perfect the art of Drag, I went back and was introduced to the drag queens who led a life apart from their Drag lives. Staying with them, I enrolled for an intensive six months course on how to be a drag queen. I learnt, how to walk, talk, apply makeup and even stitch my own clothes.”
Abhishek Jain, an entrepreneur till today remembers a kind gesture that a mother and daughter did on his trip to China. He says, “I had gone to Shenzen, China as part of an entrepreneurship event. Going there, I decided to visit the more unexplored and primitive places of Shenzen. I learnt about how patient, kind and helpful the people are. I still remember this mother and daughter I met on a bus journey who went to great lengths to ensure I got back home safely. When they realised I had taken a wrong bus, they got down with me, put me into a cab and even gave me money for the cab. Being helpful is something they have grown up doing and has become a part of their culture. This taught me to be more kind and imbibe this culture into his lifestyle”
Being fixated is part of the German culture shares photographer Devesh Joshi. He says, “Indians are very similar to the Italians. We as a culture are laid back and don’t necessarily do things in an order. But Germans are very particular in everything they do. They follow the law. Irrespective of the place they live in, discipline is one thing they maintain. This experience has influenced my life and has made me more systematic and disciplined.”