Roshan: “My profession takes me to different places.”

Port of Alexandria, Egypt, looking out at the Mediterranean Sea

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Roshan Malim, an App in the Air community member since 2014. Read on to hear about his favorite flight of all-time, a recent trip to the coast of India, and more.

Wat Pho Buddha Temple in Bangkok, Thailand

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m based in Bangalore, which is a city located in the southern part of India. I work as a sound engineer for a professional audio manufacturing company, specifically for the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and African regions. I handle technical aspects of company products, which involves interacting with different customers based all around the globe. Typically, my profession takes me to different places on a regular basis. I haven’t made any international trips during the pandemic. I’m hopefully looking forward to traveling abroad in 2021.

Tell us about your favorite travel destination.

It’s hard to pick just one place — most of the countries I have visited are special to me since each is unique in its own way. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit several places multiple times in a year, including China, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, Germany, and more. I’m interested in different cultures, languages, food, and people. Even after visiting various countries multiple times, I never get bored. There’s always something to see and experience!

Do you have a favorite travel memory to share?

The most enjoyable moments for me have always been taking the longest flight journey from Dubai to Los Angeles. It’s a 16-hour nonstop flight that flies over the North Pole on an Emirates Airbus 380. I’ve taken this exact flight three times now in 2015, 2017, and 2018. I always cherish these moments — it’s just an amazing experience.

On the streets of Frankfurt, Germany

Many people have turned to exploring locally during these times. Have you made any local trips?

I recently took a trip with my family to Goa, which is a state on the southwestern coast of India, surrounded by the Arabian Sea. Goa is a unique place because it exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese. It’s a beautiful place to relax, unwind, and enjoy fresh seafood. Plus, it’s only a short 1-hour flight from my home in Bangalore.

What is your best travel tip or hack?

I pack my travel bag very lightly! I calculate my luggage based on the duration of the trip, but I make sure to always keep it half-empty. This trick not only makes it so that I never have to worry about my luggage being overweight, but it also gives me space to bring back souvenirs from my trips! Another thing I always do is adhere to my destination country’s time, which results in jetlag never being a problem for me.

Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa

Let’s wrap with a round of This or That…

  • Window Seat or Aisle Seat — Aisle is always best for me
  • Boeing or Airbus — Doesn’t matter as long as I am comfortable, but my personal favorite always been “Airbus” A380
  • Carry-on or Suitcase — Suitcase for sure
  • Planned Trip or Spontaneous Trip — Always planned trips
  • Inflight Entertainment or Sleep — Inflight Entertainment for sure, but again this varies from airline to airline
  • Hotel Resort or Airbnb — Always prefer hotel
  • Fine Dining or Street Food —This depends on the countries I visit, but mostly fine dining
  • City or Countryside — City

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