Travelling — exploring the world, seeing the expansive vistas and experiencing various cultures that the world has to offer — is said to help people broaden their horizons. While 2020 may have cut short travel plans, things are slowly picking up. On World Tourism Day, TV actors tell us how travelling has enabled them to evolve and had a positive impact in their lives. Read on…

Amrapali Gupta, who has featured in shows like ‘Qubool Hai,’ ‘Ishqbaaaz’ and ‘Bahu Begum’, says that travelling helps one make new bonds. She adds, “One of the best things about travel is undoubtedly the friendships and connections you make with people from across the globe. You might be surprised at just how close you can come to people within a matter of hours if you’re thrown together by circumstances in a country that is home to neither of you.”

Shireen Mirza, who has been a part of ‘Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’ and ‘Dhhai Kilo Prem’, says travelling can be a great learning experience and is very important. She adds, “When you travel, the interactions you have provide an incredible local insight into cultural traditions, beliefs and way of life on a communal level – something that you just can’t experience on TV or in a text book.”

‘Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke’ actress, Roopal Tyagi, says that she is waiting to travel again. She adds, “My travel channel has been idle for months now. No travel happening! This pandemic has taken a serious toll on most industries and more so, on travel. I absolutely love travelling and keeping my fingers crossed that we all get to explore again.”

Sahil Phull, who has been seen in TV shows such as ‘Uttaran’, ‘Piya Rangrezz’, ‘Kundali Bhagya’ and ‘Haiwan’, feels travelling helps to discover the world’s incredible cultural diversity. He says, “Many of the most visited destinations in the world suffer from the excesses of tourists, who do not understand the importance of respecting the culture and customs of the locals. Knowing, travelling, exploring, is more than just tourism – it is to integrate into societies with cultural differences, respecting the values they represent.”

Known for featuring in television series like ‘Pavitra Rishta’ and ‘Naamkarann’, actor Puru Chibber feels that travelling is the best way to spend time with family and friends. He adds, “Your social life is one of the things that suffers the most, thanks to the daily work routine. Therefore, spending time with your loved ones is essential if you want to disconnect with work while on holiday. Personal relationships are often set aside due to work commitments. During your time off, you can organise activities together and enjoy each other’s company while travelling and exploring places.”

Shiv Narayanan, who has featured in shows such as ‘Jamai Raja’ and ‘Parvarrish – Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi’, says that travelling is just like looking for hidden treasure. He adds, “Making your mind up to travel is the first step towards discovering all that the world hides in its four corners. However, with so many options, it can be difficult to choose one in particular. Tourism for me is just like being more and more greedy.”

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