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Discover Mauritius: Where to go and What to See

Mauritius is a beautiful and mountainous island that even Mark Twain felt was worthy of his admiration. Because of its many wondrous places and areas to explore and discover, it can be difficult to decide what to see and where to go. Below, we’ve put together a list of attractions and activities you should consider when visiting the island.

Black River Gorges National Park

A phenomenal haven of thick rainforest, protected wildlife species and undulating hills, Black River Gorges NP captures the essence of the island. The park is home to many species including endangered icons such as the pink pigeon and the Mauritius kestrel, as well as introduced animals like the macaque monkey.

Visitors are urged to keep a keen watch as sightings of these animals, and many others, are common. According to UNESCO, the park is of pivotal importance to Mauritius’ commitment to conserving their population of endangered flora and fauna and this importance is only underlined by its stunning natural splendour.

Diving and Snorkelling

As the island is bordered by shallow waters and coral reefs, before disappearing into the depths of pristine ocean water, it is an ideal location for diving and snorkelling. There are a myriad of options to choose from due to the island’s topography such as Pointe aux Piments and Ile aux Cerfs – a 100-hectare oasis island boasting white sand and an aquamarine lagoon.

However, a real highlight is Blue Bay Marine Park. Found on the south-west corner of the island, this beach offers up easy access to the water, allowing you to navigate the coral reef straight from the shore. As it is only a maximum of six metres in depth, the waters offer excellent visibility and are perfect for first-time snorkelers and children.

Volcanoes

Mauritius is a volcanic island, but there is only one that is dormant: Troux Aux Cerfs. It is at least 600 metres high, and its vantage point offers up excellent views of the town of Curepipe below. The crater area is decorated with beautiful flora making for a picturesque walk, or you could follow in the footsteps of the local tradition and meet at the base at sunrise and jog your way to the top.

Wondrous Landscape

Mauritius has a plethora of striking places to visit that capture its natural beauty and wonder. In the Riviere Noire District – an area late to tourist development, which offers a vestige of traditional Mauritian life – there is a geographical wonder known as Seven Coloured Earths. Holidays in Mauritius wouldn’t be complete without a visit to this formation set within the popular and fascinating Chamarel plain. Over millennia, the rocks were pulverised into sands whereby the tropical climate stripped them of all water-soluble elements, creating black iron and aluminium oxides that present a rainbow of seven brilliant hues of colour.

While there is an abundance of places to see and go for tourists having holidays in Mauritius, one thing is certain – you won’t be disappointed!

Top 5 Reasons to consider a Gap Year in 2017

In definition, a gap year is that period when one takes time off school or work for several reasons. In school, it is almost never voluntary because it happens when one is transitioning from high school to college or other levels. However, at the workplace, it usually upon one’s wish to take a break. All in all, both are gap years.

In this post, we focus on the top 5 reasons to take a gap from the workforce.

  1. There is never a perfect time

People should understand that there is no one perfect time to take this break and focus on their interests. In short, one might wait and wait until they are out of work, yet, they never had this break. Therefore, it is important to prioritize such moves because it is the only way to make them happen.

  1. It lets one breathe

Adulthood is one of those times in life when a little break from the fast life is necessary. We are often overburdened with bills, family, relationships, work and so on. Therefore, if you happen to be in a very demanding career, you might need a gap year. It allows you to recover from the burnout and maybe do something different for some time.

  1. If you hate your job

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It is no news that a significant percentage of us end up working in jobs that we do not love. Multiple reasons can account for that. In such a case, it means that a person is only putting up with a bad or wrong job just so they survive. Therefore, when you take a gap year, it allows one to reconsider continuing with the job or quitting. It is hard to make such decisions while still working. Therefore, it explains the importance of this break.

  1. You rediscover yourself

If, during the break, you take up some hobbies or decide to do something new, you might resurrect your old self or learn something you never knew about yourself. Today’s very demanding lifestyles turn us into robots that we lose ourselves in the process. It is very refreshing to enjoy the soccer, hang out with old friends, tour the world, do some gardening, and so much more after years. Only a gap year can afford you that.

  1. It lets one ‘refuel’

Fatigue, burnout and stress are common work-related aspects in the modern world; and they affect performance! Well, just to be safe and also boost the output, taking a break is never a bad idea. People can work more and better if they ‘miss’ their work.

These are enough reasons. Plan on taking yours when you can.

Best 5 Countries to Study Abroad in 2017

If you are confused about leaving the comfort of your country to go study abroad, relax. There are some places that will offer you much more than what your country would offer you. Of course, you expect differing cultures, but, each new place has its unique offerings. To help you with your burning confusion, here is a compilation of the top 5 countries to study abroad. Also, learn why they are the best.

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France

France’s Paris ranks as one of the best places regarding accommodating international students. Despite being at the heart of the busy France, the culture plus iconic French architecture make it a conducive studying destination. It is unique for its low tuition fees and the high-quality education offered.

Australia

If you can ignore all the stories that you hear of gigantic spiders and mammoth bats in Australia, then its second biggest city, Melbourne, is the place for you. If you prefer education mixed with serene beaches, live music, lots of comedies and indescribable nightlife, choose Melbourne. The city offers you 7 international universities to choose from!6266287044_af9381f223_o

China

Asia, too, can offer you the best quality of education imaginable. Let’s focus on China’s city, Hong Kong. This city is conducive for international study in that it both Eastern and Western cultures mingle perfectly. Almost everyone under 40 years speaks English. The education is very affordable and Hong Kong is perfectly accessible.

Singapore

If you thought Singapore is popular as tourist and business hub only, add education to that list! This country is known to prioritize education. One of the outstanding aspects of studying in this country is that the education, just like the food and rent, is very cheap. In addition, alcohol and substance abuse are prohibited around education centers. Therefore, if you love a calm studying environment, head to Singapore.

United Kingdom

London is serene, calm and secure. In addition, it is home to some of the most popular universities in the world. Therefore, you expect strong credentials and a world-class reputation after studying there. There are expansive green spaces and a lot of exciting places to visit for educational or recreational purposes. If you get the chance to study in the UK, thinking twice in unnecessary!

This list is not conclusive. It just compiles the top 5 countries to study abroad, and, does not in any way imply that the rest are any inferior. Rather, these are the most popular in offering international study as defined by the discussed details.