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Model expectations

india Updated: May 29, 2008 19:16 IST
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Ramp walkers talk about their globe trotting ways. Sujata Reddy and Dhvani Merchant hear them out.

Surilee Joseph
I visit Goa very often.. around five times a year, whenever I need a break. I feel liberated there.
I love travelling but packing my bags is a bore. I wish I had someone to do it for me!

My way: I make it a point to learn every thing I can about the hotel I will be checking into. If I'm going on a bike trip, I carry a moisturiser and sun screen lotion.. and not more than two pairs of shoes.

Muzamil Ibrahim
Work takes me places but now I try to make time for pleasure as well. The one thing I dislike about travelling are flight delays. That throws all my plans into a tizzy! As a child, I trekked a lot with school friends. I remember seeing the twin peaks of Maharashtra.. it was almost spiritu al.

My way: Travel light and pre fer visiting places I've never been to before. I usually don't go in for a guide but learn the history of the place by interacting with the locals. I'd rather sight see than shop.

Francesca Smith
My favourite destinations are Lisbon and Portugal. I love them for their rich culture and architecture.

My way: If I'm going to Goa, I carry a lot of beachwear. If I'm headed to London, my bags are full of presents for my family I can't do without sun tan lotion, a pair of sunglasses, my camera, shoes and books to read while travelling.

Tina Thadani
Last month, I travelled to New York, Los Angeles and Africa. I love Morocco for its Arabic feel.. it's pure magic. I don't make elaborate plans. Spontaneity works for me. I only check out for the weather before packing. My way: Don't overpack.. like I do.

Nina Sarkar
I haven't travelled much since I moved to Mumbai a couple of years ago. My most memorable trip was to Europe with my family I prefer visiting a museum to a nightclub. That's why I enjoyed the culture-rich Europe.

I also like backpacking across the continent with my friends. But I get home sick really fast and miss home-cooked meals like crazy.

My way: I make sure I have loads of warm clothes, a swimsuit – you never know when you will stumble upon a pool, sunscreen lotion, wet wipes and a deodorant. I avoid carrying make-up while on the go.. just mascara.

Pia Trivedi
Travelling has really grown on me. Of late, I've really started enjoying it. One of my favourite places is Dubai.. and also Switzerland.

My way: I cannot do without my toiletry kit - it has everything a girl would need. My iPod and a good book keep me company .

Gunjan Bakshi
For me travelling is like breathing. So, it's lucky that I am in a profession that takes me places. I had a blast while anchoring a travel show in Sri Lanka two years ago. I visited a turtle farm. Turtles handicapped by the tsunami are taken care of there. I also came across the locals rebuilding their huts across the coastline.

My way: If I'm visiting a country for the first time, I carry the guide book, Lonely Planet, with me. A language book is helpful too. A pair of sneakers, a torch, a camera and a healthy attitude are other must-take-alongs.

Samir Kocchar
I'm ready to take off at the drop of a hat. I love Manali.. it brings back memories of pine cones and bonfires.

Goa is a favourite too for its beaches. I love staying in a little cottage with friends. I also adore Switzerland for its white magic.

I had a funny experience in South Africa. In Johannesburg, I was told by locals not to move out after 5.30 pm, it was unsafe. So I stayed in my room every evening and missed out on the nightlife.

My way: Whether in India or abroad, the one thing I never forget to take along is my handy cam. I have all my sojourns on tape. I can watch them for hours.

While shopping isn't my scene, I love buying souvenirs.

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