My husband, Daniel Weber, and I love to travel. We love discovering new places and have an aversion to crowded touristy spaces. We also have different needs for travel and we are both required to travel a lot for our work. I have loved the outdoors since I was a child and would love to escape to the frozen lakes in our neighbourhood in Ontario for a game of hockey with the guys. My family did not have too much money but we would always find some way to head out for celebrations. My parents were very supportive and respected my decisions. They taught me to take responsibility for my actions. If I made a mistake, they would stand by me but I always knew that I would have to deal with it.
As I gained popularity with Vivid Entertainment, shoots became international and I visited places like Brazil, Oman among others. I learnt quite early that I don’t like crowds. I like the vibe of a well-travelled junction but I don’t approve of constant attention. My favourite destination has always been Italy. I love Rome. It’s an amazing place. The architecture there is amazing, especially the ancient Colosseum with its Doric and Corinthian columns, which has influenced architecture the world over. Whether it is the side streets or main monuments, Rome always amazes me. I love visiting places which are rich in history and culture.
That way, travelling in India is very special to me. It’s a beautiful place and I have visited many different cities here. Italy might be my favourite holiday destination but when it comes to choosing a country to live in I would choose India over anything. It is amazing that people like me in Canada hardly know India for what it is. There is a very different image of India that I had before I moved here. I now have an Overseas Citizenship of the country.
I am not the kind of person who likes to sit around while on vacation. I am very adventurous. I want to try different things in life. I want to do scuba diving and parasailing. This time round I want to visit Florence because of its historical roots and Milan because it’s the fashion capital of the world. I like all things luxurious when I holiday. Cutting costs is a strict no-no for me. I deserve everything wonderful when I take a break.
Although my work requires me to travel a lot, I always make it a point to get out and experience the destination. I make sure that I keep time at hand for my explorations. I feel sad for people who have travelled the world but not learnt anything from it as they have boarded a plane, checked into a hotel, attended a meeting and boarded the return flight. That’s not travelling in my books. I don’t really like being alone when I travel but if the need arises, I like doing the small regular tours around destinations by myself.
Europe is an expensive place to holiday in but you need to just lock your budget and work accordingly. Since I like to travel a lot, I lock my budget in the beginning itself and then have a peaceful journey because I know what I can do and what I can’t. Italy is one of the most popular destinations on the tourist trail. Apart from its history, it has a vibrant fashion scene and the food is fabulous.
I hope to return to Italy for a holiday again soon. I love Italian food. No one makes pasta like the Italians. The ingredients they use are so fresh and add a dimension to the dishes that is unparalleled. The best thing about travelling in Italy is that I can eat at any little restaurant in Italy and I know the pasta they will serve up will be exquisite. Whether it is spaghetti or a fettuccine, I am always amazed at the quality of food as they make the pasta dough themselves. Not that I am a foodie, but when it comes to pastas in Italy, I just can’t stop myself. I believe the best food in the world is served there.
I have recently discovered a great love for the world under water. I have been travelling to Hawaii quite frequently to get more glimpses of the same. I have heard of some very interesting destinations in India for deep sea diving and I hope I shall soon be able to tell you more of what I have learnt about it.
[The interview was originally published in Terrascape magazine]
– Text by Susmita Mukherjee