Tour Your Hometown:
Chaitanya of Traveling Curiously
1. For starters, where is your current hometown and how long have you lived there?
My hometown is the city of Mumbai in India. I’ve lived here for the past 23 years of my life.
2. For many people, travel is not always feasible or desirable all year round. How do you make the most of your hometown when you are not traveling?
There’s always something that’s happening in Mumbai. We have a great food culture and I love trying out food across the city. Every month, I organise Lunchex Community EatOuts in Mumbai with the idea to gather foodies and wanderlusters of the city under one roof for a hearty meal and discussion about travel & food. I also do make it a point to sit on the promenade and watch the world move. In a chaotic city like Mumbai, it is very entertaining.
3. What is the most creative technique you use to save up for your travels while you are at home?
Nothing that’s really outlandish. I pack my lunch for office, carefully budget my entertainment expenses and skip fancy dinners all together. I keep reminding myself that a fancy dinner in India equals a fun day in a beautiful European city.
4. What is the best part of your hometown that other visitors should know about?
There’s everything for everybody in Mumbai. You’ll never go hungry in this city at any time of the day. There will always be someone willing to help you out and there would probably be someone trying to make a quick buck out of you. Mumbai has a spirit of constant progress and it is in fact a kaleidoscope of the human kind. I hope every traveller visiting the city gets this experience.
5. Finally, we can’t forget about the food! Where is your favorite place to eat in your hometown and why?
In Mumbai you can’t pick one spot. In fact, I’ve actually listed some awesome places to try local foods in my travel tips for Mumbai on my blog Traveling Curiously. You must try ‘Pav Bhaji’ from Sardar and Kulfi from the ‘Kulfi Centre’ near Girgaum beach.
Chaitanya is a digital strategist with a serious case of wanderlust. He’s a budding foodie and an aspiring entrepreneur at Lunchex.co. In his spare time you’d find him oogling pictures from Lappland & Quebec.