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How to Deal With Internet Speeds When At Home or Traveling

You’re sitting at your computer, trying to refresh the page you’re browsing so you can get your chance at ordering the hottest gift the moment it becomes available. It finally loads, only with the dreaded “out of stock” message because your internet runs at dial up speeds. Don’t miss out on that great deal net time, there are plenty of reasons why you may be experiencing this lag, and simple solutions to help you get your internet back up to speed. You won’t have to sit through another choppy episode of your favorite rerun on Netflix, or catch the breaking news after it’s no longer breaking.

You’re Too Far from Your Wifi Router:

While it may be more enjoyable to binge watch from your backyard hammock with a margarita in hand, you may just be too far from your wireless router to get a strong signal. Even within your own four walls, distance and obstructions such as walls, windows and furniture can cause your signal to slow down along the way.

Easy Solution: Make sure your router is in a centralized location in your home, and invest in a range extender, a device that is designed to boost your wireless signal. If speed is particular important for a particular project, consider positioning yourself near the router or plugging in to an Ethernet cable.

Too Many Devices on your Connection:

Just like when you have too many power-sucking electronics plugged in and the lights dim in your house due to a power drain, too many devices utilizing your connection can also cause a speed drain. If you have several people connected to your wireless, and your tablet, laptop, cell phone and the new gadget of the week all drawing off the same source, it’s bound to slow down.

Easy Solution: This is an easy fix. If you have too many devices uses your connection, shut some of them down when you’re not using them, or limit how many people can access your wireless internet. Make sure you have a password protected connection too, so the neighbors aren’t tapping into your wireless, slowing you down.

Your Equipment isn’t at its Top Performance:

Technology moves fast, and older devices may not be able to perform at top speeds, due to their age, capabilities, or lack of free space. Old routers and modems may be not be able to process information at the same rate as their newer counterparts.

Easy Solution: Make sure your computer is free of any malware or spyware that can cause significant slowdowns. Also consider deleting old files or moving them to an external hard drive to free up space. If all is well there, it may be time to upgrade your wireless router or your modem.

Too Much Traffic to the Site You’re Visiting:

Traffic jams don’t just happen on the highway, they can also happen online when too many people try to visit one site at the same time. This can be due to inadequate servers, or just a large influx of users at the same time.

Easy Solution: Preventing this slow down is often out of your hands, but it’s worth visiting the particular site during less popular hours, such as early morning or late evening, depending on the content of the site.

 

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.