Sabine Heller, President and CEO of ASMALLWORLD? the jet-set, by invitation community for travelers?defines well traveled. Not only does she speak four languages, but is one of the most well- traveled women we know. Sabine, half-Indian and half-American, grew up between New York, Mumbai and New Delhi. She has also lived in Paris and Costa Rica. Sabine talks to L-atitude about her favorite spots in India and how to pass off as a local while traveling there.
How would you describe your travel style?
My travel style is easy - I prefer to stick to dresses and sandals. I don't have time to fuss when I'm on the move.
What are the three things you never leave home without?
I never leave home without my camera, my phone, and my notebook.
Since you often travel to India, can you tell us your five favorite places to visit?
My favorite place to stay in India is Ahilya Fort, my godfather's fort and palace on the Narmada river in India's heartland. Its one of the most beautiful and soulful places on earth. I hosted an incredible five day party there last year for friends and ASMALLWORLD members.
Its fun to explore Chor Bazaar, in Mumbai. Its one of the largest and most eclectic flea markets in the world.
I never miss a meal at Soam in Mumbai, which serves mouthwatering vegetarian Gujurati, Marwari and Maharashtrian food.
I love the temples in India, especially those off the tourist path like the Sun Temple in Konark, Orissa. From there you can also bike to the beach which is fun and low-key.
What advice would you give to our readers who are planning a trip to India?
What 3 items from L-atitude are you coveting for your next trip?
Souk or Department Stores? Souk
DIY or Concierge Service? DIY
Buy Everything or Buy Nothing? Buy Everything
Camping or 5-Star Hotel? Both
Drive or be Driven? Drive
Room Service or Street Food? Street Food
Lots of Luggage or Carry-on Bag? Lots of luggage