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The journey speaks a whole lot even before reaching the destination ... I enjoy watching people, seeing the ground reality and the local culture.
For hotels - I have been an Accor fan as they have a Sofitel/Novotel in strategic locations ... and Mercure/Ibis for my quick stays. The service is predictably good and very few mismatches from my expectation.
For food - I am always a local food fan wherever that may be with the exception of India where the local food can sometimes overwhelm my "systems".
For airtravel - with long haul flights, I stick to Emirates and Singapore Airlines ... for predictable service and I am just used to the norms of these airlines on baggage weight/cabin facilities. With short haul domestic flights, I usually experiment with local carriers.