Way I Travel- Madhavan Menon, MD, Thomas Cook, India

Madhavan Menon, MD, Thomas Cook India

Where do you live?

I am from Kerala, I was born and brought up in Mumbai. I live in Mumbai now.

What do you like most about traveling?

Visiting new places, tasting new food, meeting new people… for me the latter two represent a constant learning and travel is a way to learn constantly.

What are your travel pet peeves?

I travel a lot and most of the time, I do not view travel as means of satisfaction. In fact, when I am traveling for work, I don’t drink, I try to keep the trips as short as possible and I try to avoid entertainment. I do try to get six hours of sleep and work out regularly. But if I have to pick on one thing I hate, it has to be room service food.

Which airline do you prefer traveling by?

Internationally Singapore Airlines and Emirates. And as far as the domestic ones go, it has to be Indigo.

Which is your favourite holiday destination?

I never go to the same place twice for a holiday. I have loved my trips to Japan and South France. I have to thank my wife for the holidays because she plans it all out and lets me relax. I love it.

Which is your favourite business destination?

It has to be London. I love how easy traveling is within the city. It is the one place I can go, finish work and leave the city by the end of the day.

What do you always carry in your cabin luggage?

If someone was to go through my briefcase, they will inevitably find ear-plugs, eye-masks and some mellotonin to help me sleep. I sleep on every flight I board. Apart from that you can find nothing out of the ordinary.

Describe your gadget arsenal.

I have an iPhone, a BlackBerry and an iPad.

Which is your preferred luggage brand?

It has to be Samsonite. I prefer the stroller and I love the Tumi briefcase.

What’s playing on your iPod.

A lot of things. I primarily listen to music to relax. Recently I borrowed some music from my son, which was primarily R&B and Hip-hop. But my music is all about The Doors, The Beatles, etc.

What are you currently reading?

I am not reading right now. Though I did finish reading From Dongri to Dubai some time ago.

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