From meticulous packing with socks rolled into balls to an itinerary planned on excel sheets, there are many differences how men and women travel. Without taking the risk of sounding sexist or parochial, the differences among genders in how they travel is more to do with why they travel.
Girls plan their trips better because they want to cover as much ground as possible. They want to check off everything on their list. Most of the girls on a trip are experiencing such freedom for the first time, and hence they want to make the most of their time away from home.
On the other hand, boys take a break away from their routine. They want a vacation to do their will without any authoritative supervision, and a trip is just an opportunity to do just that. This could be one of the reasons why girls and boys travel in such different styles in India.
The International Currency Exchange Survey, for instance, tells us that women spend more on clothing and duty-free purchases than men and that men spend more on food and drink. Women take more vacations than men. Women tend to spend more time packing their suitcase than men.
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But these stereotypes could be changing. Travel is becoming less related to gender, and more to personality. For instance, Uppal Shah, a businessman, is so enamoured amongst people in his daily life that he prefers to isolate himself in a room when he travels. And Archana Sardana, the wife of an army officer, has acquired new-found freedom with her passion for adventure sports.
Lily Deo, a doctor, too prefers exploring newer places and meeting people from different cultures when she travels.
Whereas, Sagar Savla, a school administrator, likes to travel only for work and keeps to his company whenever he has to travel.
Travel offers women independence and a break from restrictive responsibilities. These are aspects that men often take for granted, and there lies the rub. But like all things in life, nothing can be generalised.
Both genders may experience travel differently because they accept different things on the road. But these expectations are interchangeable, like other gender attributes among the millennials.
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