Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without.
Name: Savi and Vid
Occupation: Travel writer and photographer
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Residence: London, UK
College: University of Leeds, UK
College major: English Literature
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Short bio: Savi and Vid are avid travellers struck by wanderlust. They have traveled to 40 countries so far. They have driven with zebras in South Africa, been caving in Austria, cavorted with bedouins in the Sahara, befriended soldiers in Israel, and partied in a nuclear bunker in the Czech Republic. Offbeat paths and hidden gems are what tempt Savi and Vid the most when they visit a new place.
How often do you fly? 10+ times per year.
How many countries have you been to? 42
How many continents have you been to? 5
Earliest travel memory: First ever flight, back in 1997 when flying was a novelty. It was a short flight from New Delhi to the gorgeous northeastern part of India and we flew over the Himalayas. That’s an image I cannot get out of my head even now. It was the start of an addiction, a great one at that.
Favorite American city: New York—it might be a predictable one but we’re urban bunnies.
Favorite international city: Aah! This is a difficult one, given that we live in one of the most amazing cities in the world, London. However, Paris holds a special place in our hearts—the architecture, the history, the food, and the energy especially after sunset is amazing. We make it a point to cross the channel tunnel over to Paris at least once a year. Over the years we have narrowed down our 10 favourite things to do in Paris, which you can read here.
Least favorite country: We strongly believe that every city or country has something unique to offer however if we had to pick our least favourite country so far, it would have to be Luxembourg.
Country with the meanest immigration officers: This one will have to be U.S.A (unfortunately :) ).
Favorite World Heritage Site: Oh the list is endless but the one that tops the list is Plitvice National Park in Croatia. It was surreal and we felt like spending days walking around the idyllic lakes and gorgeous waterfalls.
Favorite airline(s): Singapore Airlines.
Favorite aircraft type: It’s a tough choice between the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A380 but we love the latter a tad bit more.
Aisle or window: Vid loves the window seat more since he loves taking pictures and Savi prefers the aisle so it kind of works out well!
Best flight attendant you’ve ever had: Sammy on Air Mauritius from London to Mauritius—he gave us some amazing tips for Mauritius from a local’s perspective and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring those places.
Favorite airport lounge: We don’t usually access lounges.
Favorite U.S. airport: Not been to any other than JFK and weren’t hugely impressed by that.
Favorite international airport: We are absolutely in love with Changi International Airport in Singapore—it has everything a traveller in transit could ever ask for.
Favorite hotel: Lux* Belle Mare, Mauritius—the rooms, service, food, and the beach all were spectacular and we did not want to leave.
Favorite cruise line: We have only been on Costa, Thomson and MSC so far and out of those 3 MSC cruises are the better ones in our opinion.
Favorite travel credit card: We still prefer our debit cards. Yes, you heard that right ;)
Favorite island: We’d have to go with Mauritius—the beaches, the food and the people—all were amazing.
Favorite beach: Belle Mare, Mauritius.
Favorite fancy restaurant: Aman Canal Grande, Venice—Chef Riccardo’s exquisitely cooked lamb still has a lingering taste in our mouths. The serene view of the Grand Canal from our table by the window only added to the charm of the evening that we spent in the majestic dining hall of this hotel which was once the Count’s palace.
Favorite hole-in-the-wall: Falafels in Haifa, Israel—it doesn’t get more authentic and better than that.
Favorite bar: Absinthe Bar, Antibes.
Favorite fruit: We’ll have to go with watermelons. Wish they were available all year round in the UK.
Favorite food: We both absolutely love Thai and Mexican—the spicier the better.
Least favorite food: Unfortunately, English. We don’t get the hype behind the chips or sausage and mash ;)
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Beer, beer and some more beer !
Favorite travel movie(s): The Motorcycle Diaries and Lost in Translation.
Favorite travel show(s): An Idiot Abroad—Karl Pilkington cracks us up.
Favorite travel book(s): “Love and Loathing in Las Vegas.”
Right now I am reading: “On the Road.”
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet, AFAR.
Favorite travel website(s)—besides JohnnyJet.com, of course! Everything Everywhere, Finding The Universe, and Lonely Planet.
5 things you bring on a plane: Earphones, iPod, a book, camera, and eye mask.
What do you always seem to forget? Travel adapters.
What do you like least about travel? Coming back home :)
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? Perfume/cologne.
Favorite travel app(s): Skyscanner.
Most embarrassing travel moment: When Savi fell off her chair while dining in a seaside restaurant in Malta. It did result in a few laughs but thankfully Savi didn’t hurt herself.
Worst travel moment: We were made to get off a Ryanair flight because we had forgotten to get an “ok” stamp for our visas from the Ryanair desk. Funnily enough, the agent at the desk for our next Ryanair flight forgot to stamp our visa. So after spending £200 for rescheduling our flights and waiting 10 hours at the airport, we were literally being laughed at by the Ryanair staff :)
What’s your dream destination? Argentina.
Favorite travel charity: The Travel Foundation.
Best travel tip: You get one life. Do what you love and do it often.