Where the experts holiday: Chetna Makan, author

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Born in Jabalpur, an ancient city in Central India, Chetna Makan worked in Mumbai as a fashion designer before moving to the UK in 2003. She reached the semi-final of The Great British Bake Off in 2014, and her first book, The Cardamom Trail, was a celebration of baking with Indian flavours. Today Chetna has a very popular YouTube channel Food with Chetna where she shares her creative flair for food, collaborating regularly with Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube and has recently released her second book Chai, Chaat & Chutney: A Street Food Journey Through India – an ode to her travels through India and the incredible food she discovered on the way. 
Amidst all this, she somehow found time to share her travel highs and lows with Just About Travel readers…

 

What do you like to do on holiday?
For me holiday has to be a place where the whole family can enjoy and find things to do, whether it is seaside or a city or a small village

Where did you last go?

My last holiday was to the Cayman Islands – an idyllic, sun kissed location in the Caribbean.

Do you know where you’re going this year?
I do! This year I am off to India.

Of all the places you’ve been to, which was your favourite and why?

The Cayman Islands has been my favourite so far. It was such a relaxing holiday. The place, the people, the food, everything was fantastic. I loved that you could fine beautiful beaches that also offer activities for the kids. Further more you are never too far away from a cocktail – a holiday essential.

Which destination do you wish to travel to, but haven’t yet been?
That will have to be a very long list. However Australia is without a doubt on top of that long list.

In your own country, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel guides?

Margate - beach with donkeys
Most visitors to the U.K tend to think of the likes of London, Scotland and so on. However I would recommend visiting small seaside towns such as Broadstairs and Margate where there is so much to do and see and you can get a real taste of the country.

How do you plan your holiday?
I don’t really use guidebooks, websites or traditional travel agents really.  I have a lot of family and friends around the world and they have been a big deciding factor when its come to choosing a holiday over the last few years.

How often do you go away?

At least once a year.

Who do you travel with?
I like to travel with my family – namely my husband and two children.

Where do you see tourism in 10 years?
I think the world is becoming a much smaller place. People want to travel and explore for themselves, which will most definitely mean growth of tourism.

Thanks Chetna!

Chetna’s new book Chai, Chaat & Chutney: A Street Food Journey Through India (Mitchell Beazley, £20 Hardback) is out now.

 

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