Boarding Pass – Nidhi Malhotra

When I first discovered the blog of designer Nidhi Malhotra, UNworn a few months ago she had just returned from a trip from Paris, so of course I was instantly smitten. I loved the way her photos captured the city. Her images aren’t the typical tourist images, but rather all the simple charms around the city that make it Paris. I’m so pleased to feature her in today’s BOARDING PASS, as India is another place that ranks very high on my favorite places list. Thanks, Nidhi!
last trip taken:

Delhi, Udaipur, Mumbai and Paris in a month long trip
next trip on deck:
short trip to Seattle and Portland
one place you would go back to again and again:
I go back to India again and again to visit my family and travel and it’s never enough. I want to go back to Kerala with my husband who has never been there. Also, I would love to go to Paris again, soon!
place you’d most likely recommend a friend go visit:
I would recommend visiting the beautiful backwaters of Kottayam, Kerala, India post monsoon around September or taking the train from Mumbai to Goa post monsoon, along the beautiful coastal area. I would also recommend going to some of the places in the beautiful Himalayas. One of my most memorable trips was to the mountain town of Dharamshala, where the Dalai Lama now lives.
preferred method of transportation:
I love walking around any place. And riding on a little vespa along the narrow roads of Goa surrounded by water / lush greenery during the monsoons was nice too.
place you’ve never been but dying to go:
Tokyo! Barcelona, Scandinavian countries, Lhasa

place you’d never go back:

Pechanga / Temecula in California
most memorable trip:
Our most recent trip together to Paris was beautiful. The Metro, all the walking we did, the bread, cheese, chocolate, pretty streets, so much art and fashion…I loved it all!
how do you prepare for a trip?
I make many lists. I try to plan my outfits before packing so I don’t overpack and I check the weather and pack according to that. I usually try to get a general idea of the different areas and things to do / eat but I hardly ever have a detailed itinerary before getting to a place.
how do you record your travels when you’re traveling?
I take a lot of photos. I also try to update my 5 year diary (by Tamara Shopsin) with snippets of each day when I get back.
what is your favorite thing to photograph in a new place?
It depends on the place. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the beautiful pacific, the morning and evening fog rolling in and all the abundant nature in the Monterey area. When in a city, I love walking around forever and I try to capture bits of the city that excite me at the moment. Cities often offer a treasure of typography, signs, foods, architecture. And some place like the Grand Canyon is just incredible in its sheer natural beauty and scale and impossible to capture in photos!
on an average, how many pictures to you take on a trip?
I can end up taking as many as 300 photos a day.
what’s in your “designer travel kit” ?
My favorite tool is my camera. I have a Canon Rebel XSi and a Lumix fx-10. I also have a fun fisheye camera and I used to take b/w photos with an old manual camera.
what do you do after a trip?
I edit the photos to a reasonable number to post on my blog and flickr. I also edit photos into sets to send to our family and friends. Ofcourse, eventually I get to unpacking and that’s my least favorite part. Getting into work mode is the hardest thing for me after a vacation!
how long after a trip does this happen?
I usually start editing photos as soon as I get back.

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  • Can I be your knome so that you can pack me in your suitcase? I have been to many of those places and I too am dying to go to Tokyo.

  • Anne, I am so loving your Boarding Pass series. Really.

    And yes, I will do mine soon, I promise.

    I’ve left you a comment about a postcard-cum-travel guide product I think you’ll love ‘A Little Beijing’, but now that I think of it, Linzy would make a great Boarding Pass guest too. We’re actually meeting her in Singapore in a few weeks. Can’t wait.

    I want to hear more about your European plans too… maybe our paths will cross???

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