He made history, and the country proud, by being the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal. Here, the ace shooter tells us that he never flies without books and ear plugs and loves to shop in New York and LondonMerlion Park in SingaporeYour last vacation:In Singapore. I particularly enjoyed it because I was there with my sister and brother-in-law on our first ever holiday with my little nephew.Newest thing tasted:Snake, at a restaurant in Clarke Quay in Singapore. It tasted like chicken.A souvenir you’ve just picked up:A coffee table book, The Fort Pupils, on the Scindia School, Gwalior and its students. It was presented to me by the students after our interactive session.Harrods in LondonDo you prefer travelling by trains, planes or automobiles:Although I love to visit new places, I do not particularly enjoy the journey. I prefer to travel by planes as it is the fastest mode of travel.Baggage check-how much do you carry:I usually don’t carry check-in baggage to avoid waiting at airports.What you carry to make flights comfortable:A good book and ear plugs.Ever done a spur of the moment trip-only credit card and no baggage:Something like this may happen once I have retired from active sport.A sculpture from The State Hermitage Museum in Saint PetersburgYou have to travel a lot for work. Does that take the fun out of travelling:Not really… although I have travelled to most parts of the world for competition, I haven’t seen much except the airports, hotels and the shooting range. In fact, this has created an urge to go back to a lot of these places.Favourite places to shop:In New York, it is 5th Avenue for clothes and accessories and in London, I visit Harrods and Bond Street. From Munich I pick up shooting accessories.advertisementPlaces on Abhinav’s wish list:The Himalayas for their sheer geographic diversity–the forested valleys, tropical jungles, flowering meadows and the rugged terrain.Saint Petersburg in Russia for its museums.The Serengeti National Park in Africa for its amazing wildlife. I would love to go up in a hot air balloon to get a bird’s eye view of the animals in their natural habitat.