Singapore has a great Airport and everything worked smooth as per plan. Within 48 hours I realized, it’s not the destination for my kind of people. It was an experience taking a sneak peek into a highly organized society, but it wasn’t too difficult to relate an organized society to high cost of living, homogeneity (Global brands, fashion but very little of originality or ethnicity) and the ultimate capitalism exhibition.
However there were thousands others who were happy to be there and enjoying Theme parks, Shopping and a city break experience that was on offer. So it boiled down to understanding my unhappiness and still making sense out of happiness of others.
However as time and destinations went by, a sense of routine stepped in and resulted in some experimentation that led me to understand kind of places I as an Individual like to travel to. Travel, after Singapore trip made me realize is a reflection of the ones personality and urge within. India being several countries / cultures and civilizations within a country, exposes one to so many original forms of experiences that to us countrymen also it comes as a surprise and no wonder for a well informed traveler traveling from outside India, its treasure waiting to be discovered.
They are most happy to find a Dominos or a Mcdonalds but would dither to try anything local and different. My best memory of Mauritius food could either be a toss up between a Sandwich made out of spicy local paste having unusually long loaf of bread or some fried snack I picked on a local market. I guess the well traveled has the confidence (may I say audacity) to understand what to try and what to avoid and is in a position to take risks based on earlier travel experiences.
For some luxury and comforts are the first and the last words with everything else taking a backseat, for us travellers its the authentic experience that matters above everything else. Family travelers run with having to balance between two or three paradigms (Husband may be explorer, wife many be a luxury seeker and kids may be wanting more activities). For those who have just begun, may just want to do what everyone does before even start to instrospect. Yes I guess those were the ones I met at Singapore and after having thought through this, the whole traveller world made made complete sense.
A tourist would enjoy view point, popular sightseeing options, shopping and comfortable modern hotel stays. A traveller would enjoy local cuisine, heritage walks, heritage hotel stays, craft village visit and local experiences.