Prasanna Vee / @travelcurry is a serial traveler and been to more than 215 countries and counting! He lives to travel, and travels to live!
You can read some of his blog posts about his travels to off-the-beaten-track destinations at:http://thirstytravels.blogspot.com
How old were you when you first went overseas?
Ha ha, this is usually one of my favorite questions. I didn’t own a passport until I was 25 and my first international travel was right after I secured my first Passport (at 25)!
What do you remember about your first travel experience, or what is your first travel memory?
Unfortunately, the first thing that comes to my mind is the arduous journey itself to my first international destination. I took what was probably the longest route possible to get from India To Minnesota. The flight route was BANGALORE -> MUMBAI -> NEW DELHI -> FRANKFURT -> CHICAGO -> MINNEAPOLIS. Apart from this the thing that fascinated me the most was seeing snow. Landed in Minnesota the day after Christmas during the peak of winter. Hailing from a metropolis in Southern India (where you never get to see snow) it was a magical experience!
What is something you would never travel without?
Interesting question. A while back it used to be my travel guides and printed out travel articles. Now it is my set of devices (smart phone/tablet/laptop). I research my journey until the last minute and record and chronicle it on the go. So I can never live without these on the road!
Where is the nicest establishment you have stayed? Why was it special?
Very hard to pick a specific one. My first grand stay was the Ciragan Palace Kempinski hotel in Istanbul (still my favorite memory) which was a former Ottoman palace and an unbelievable experience.
If you could recommend a place to a fellow traveler, where would it be?
A very difficult question to answer. This is a subjective one. It depends on the traveler type. For example, if they like raw untouched destinations I would recommend a place like Guinea Bissau or Eritrea in Africa. If they like killer beaches, it would be a different place. For food, of course nothing can beat India/Italy/Mexico. So, it depends.
However, overall as a personal favourite (a country I would keep going back to again and again) it would be Mexico. The country has history, haunting heritage, bewitching beaches, delicious food, lovely people, and enchanting language, music and more…
Describe a culinary experience that stands out from a vacation abroad.
Once again hard to pick one. But below are some things that I would choose :
The interesting Concept of Aperetivo in Italian towns like Bologna, Sicily etc. where one gets to test an unbelievable spread of ‘free snacks and food’ offered as a complimentary with the drinks in various bars. The great thing is, you can get to taste a wide variety of interesting local delicacies as you do a bar crawl (famous with locals).
What is your idea of an enjoyable vacation?
Having a good mix of the things below:
– History and heritage to discover & learn (because you become enriched from travels)
– Interesting attractions to explore (man-made or natural)
– Great cuisine
– Interesting nightlife
– Outdoor activities (like trekking, Rafting etc, if the place is filled with Natural wonders)
– Welcoming people (if the people at your destination aren’t hospitable enough, your entire vacation is ruined in my opinion, as I have seen this happen even when all other criteria are checked!)
Who would be your ideal travel companion?
Someone who has a high threshold! In travel a lot of things might not go according to plan. Being able to adjust, accept and accommodate these and still get the best out of a trip and adapt is key to keep the fun factor going. Also, someone who is willing to try out everything the destination has to offer (food, nightlife, experiences and activities). My travel partner through my 18 years of travelling around the globe has been my wonderful wife, who meets all the criteria mentioned above!
What do you miss the most when you are away from home?
My own gym and my own bed. Nothing more!
What country do you believe to be under-rated? What about overrated?
– A lot of countries in Africa are underrated. If I were to pick one, It would be Eritrea.
– Australia is the most overrated in my opinion.
Where is next on your list of places to travel to? Why?
Libya and Algeria. Mainly because of the historical gems that are out there and the underexposed food and fun that not many outsiders have yet experienced.
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