E for the Experiential
Because Every Place Has a Story to Tell
I was so sure that E stood for Environment that without referring to The Blue Yonder (whose ‘A to Z of Responsible Tourism’ I am unravelling letter by letter) I wrote out the piece in my head. As an afterthought I went to check what it stood for and was pleasantly surprised to find that E stood for Experiential. While reams have been written about the environment and any school child in urban India can give you a lecture on banning plastic, ‘experiential’ is something I can definitely share my (sorry!) experience about.
As a child I would travel with my father when he went on his work trips within India. Mostly I would be cosseted by an army of his staff who would ensure that I did not leave the guesthouse— or if I did, that I did not step out of the car. I loved the pampering and wouldn’t change a minute of it. As I grew older, I became curious about the places we travelled through and the people who came to meet my father.