The Perfect Vacation
Either shooting in some faraway place or plane hopping for work, he does not find too much time to travel for pleasure but when he is shooting, Daggubati makes the best of where he goes. “We shot at Krabi in Thailand for Haathi Mere Saathi, not along the beach but in the jungles, in the harsh tropical sun. Very often we spent early mornings and with over 15 wild elephants around us and we did this consistently over a period of a month. That is quite exotic in itself.” He adds that any place that offers a rich cultural experience can be interesting. “I shot for Nene Raju Nene Mantri (2017) in Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu which is a beautiful small town, vibrant with culture and stories.”
Experiencing a new culture, learning, seeing or eating something new holds great appeal for Daggubati. “It has to tick all four boxes or at least some of the above. I am not very defined about what I would like to do when I travel. It is often a case of, let me just go there and figure out what to do,” he says.
He admits to being a foodie and says that it is a long list of the number of interesting and exotic things he has eaten around the world. “When I travel to a new city, I do not go with a map of the city. I, instead, carry with me the food guide of the place and that is how I explore any part of the world.”
His earliest memorable holidays were trips to America when as a child he loved exploring the theme parks, “Be it Disney World or Universal Studios, they are an important part of my childhood travel memories. When in India, my second most favourite place after home is Goa and I keep looking for excuses to go there as often as I can,” says Daggubati, who enjoys travelling light. “I would rather get rid of as much gear and accessories as I can when I travel,” he says.