PUNEETINDER KAUR SIDHU, 46

Travel writer and food critic

India Today - - TRAVEL -

Travel for her is "a pas­sion, a com­pul­sion re­ally, that has en­trenched deeper with each pass­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and ad­ven­ture". A decade ago, her all-time pas­sion meta­mor­phosed into her pro­fes­sion. For this Man­i­ma­jra-based travel writer, it’s a way of life now. But if you tell her to re­call when she started trav­el­ling alone, she doesn’t re­ally re­mem­ber. “It must have been a quar­ter of a cen­tury ago, which means I clearly can't re­call why I started trav­el­ling alone. Pos­si­bly be­cause it was sim­ply eas­ier to man­age one per­son's ex­pec­ta­tions on the road. With time I came to en­joy my own com­pany, and have con­tin­ued to self­ishly guard that me-time ever since.” So far Sidhu has trav­elled to Europe, South­east Asia, Aus­tralia, South Africa, North Amer­ica, UAE and of course In­dia. While ex­plain­ing what re­ally makes solo trips con­ve­nient for her, Sidhu says, “For in­stance, de­spite be­ing a die-hard night owl, I don't hes­i­tate to rise re­ally early when on the road. It would be un­fair to ex­pect the same from a travel com­pan­ion de­sir­ing a more leisurely pace, don't you think?”

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