BENGALURU: Travellers say replicating a childhood holiday helps relieve stress and increases the happiness quotient. Who is to argue with that considering how many Bengalureans are travelling down memory lane these days.
Rome was the first overseas holiday destination for fashion designer Aanchal Sagar when she was 11 years old. Two decades later, Sagar decided to go back to Rome and replicate the trip itinerary with her parents and sister.
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“We visited the same tourist sites, posed for similar photos at the same spots, walked down the same shopping lanes and even looked out for the same souvenir vendors. It was exciting to see the same destination with a fresh pair of eyes,” said Sagar.
For Sayesha Sachdev (22), founder of travel-edu startup Alt-101, taking a solo trip to Switzerland was rejuvenating. “I was about 10 years old when I attended a skicamp in Switzerland. I loved the country’s eco-friendly landscape and decided to visit again and this time all alone,” said Sachdev, adding that the visit to the United Nations office in Geneva and cycling in car-free Zermatt brought back good memories.
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Nothing, of course, beats the memories created during childhood fam-jams at grandparents’ place. That’s exactly the reason luxury travel curator Seema Jaising is going to Thanjavur. Her grandfather moved to the temple town from Karachi after Partition. While Jaising grew up in Bengaluru, summer vacations were spent climbing trees and swimming in a tank with cousins in Thanjavur. Her plan is to explore the temples, attend Tanjore art workshops and eat traditional food.
“You get so immersed in exploring the wow factor in new destinations, you forget that your past can make you happy too. Childhood holidays and a visit to hometowns ground you as it reminds you of friends and relatives in happier times,” said Jaising.
According to a recent study by travel site Booking.com, childhood holidays are among the top travel trends of 2018, with about 34% of the travellers considering a trip to a place they visited as a child. The study also indicates that childhood holidays bring back the fondest memories, ranking higher than family pets or childhood sweethearts.
“Keeping the inner child alive is the need of the hour,” said psychologist Shamsah Pradhan, adding, “Bengaluru, with its huge population of migrants and nuclear families, leaves many feeling uprooted, emotionally-starved and stressed. Climbing a tree is a better stressreliever than cycling at the gym. Childhood holidays, which bring back simple and happy memories, are ideal stress-busters.”
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