Insider tip for Madagascar:
Sail the Mozambique channel in a Dhow, crab curry on board and a local king if you're lucky.
Any odd travel rituals:
I always cry on planes. That's not a ritual, but it happens :). As does bumping into some kind of shaman, spiritual healer or mystic who tells you or shows you something uncanny.
Souvenirs I always bring home:
Sand in a valise, a piece of jewelry (a ring made of zebu bone in this case), a book of poems by a national poet, boots in unrecognizable patterns. Stories about local ghosts, fairy or occult occurrence.
Dying to visit:
The surface of the moon.
I wear a different thing every day, besides carrying a notebook everywhere I go, I have almost no 'habits'.
A wardrobe piece you can't live without:
A torn piece of a patchwork silk skirt I found on a hillside somewhere in India, that I wrap into a turban.
Himali shared her recommendations (and her packing list) for a trip to Madagascar here.