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Mauritius is a small island with a population of around 1.2 million and although it is a tiny country it's got a bunch of different cultures, religions and amazing festivals. Some of the best Mauritius festivals throughout the year are as follows:

Cavadee Festival

This religious festival at the end of January/ beginning of February is celebrated mostly by Indians of Tamil origin and is one of the most impressive festivals in Mauritius. The devotees are after a period of fasting, and many have their cheeks, tongues and chests pierced with needles before going to the temple with their offerings on their backs. The devotees who are considered to be in a trance, walk bare feet to the temple, while carrying on their back the Cavadee (an arc of wood, metal or plastic) symbolizing the sacred mountains. As part of the ceremony there is also a fire-walking and sword-climbing rituals which are quite spectacular.

Holi Festival

The Holi festival, in March, is an Indian festival of colors. The Hindu population in Mauritius, celebrates the festival by splashing everyone who crosses their way with colored water and powder, and with singing and dancing. It's a beautiful celebration that cry's out for you to join in with the festivities!

Festivals of Light

Divali (also known as the festival of lights) is celebrated by all Indo-Mauritians and also by people of other communities as some point between October and November. Originally an Indian festival celebrating the victory of Lord Rama over the devil as depicted in the epic poem, Ramayana. Many Mauritians who decorate their homes with small oil lamps or electric bulbs have adopted this festival also known as the festival of light. Cakes are cooked and shared among neighbours and parents on that day.

If you are looking to coincide your holiday with one of these festivals then you're also going to need somewhere to stay… and unfortunately, unlike japan, urban camping is out of the question ;) So instead a great place to stay is the Coin De Mire Attitude or through the www.borneos.id site, which is a beautiful hotel, located on the northern tip of the island, overlooking the Coin De Mire, a large and beautiful rock face in the ocean. And for any of you divers out there, if you fancy a little splash around in the crystal clear waters there is a PADI diving centre moments away from the resort!

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This was a massive worry of mine when I first started travelling. Now, I rarely think about it. So when a friend of mine asked me for my advice I thought I'd turn it into an article instead. Whenever I travel I always use a 4-point approach in order to keep all my personal belongings safe. And here's how I do it… Point 1 Don't travel with anything you can't live without/mind losing. This is the first rule. And as the saying goes… “Plan for the worst, but hope for the best” If you have something so personal to you that if you lost it you'd be inconsolable or devastated… don't travel with it in the first place! Simply leave it at home or in storage. I never travel with anything that I can't live without. For example, if you are about to hit the road for the next 12 months and you don't want to take along your brand new MacBook Pro - because you simple can't live without it - then buy a little E-book like the one below and travel with it instead. It's my number one tip for keeping your stuff safe… because, at the end of the day, you don't mind your stuff not being safe in the first place!!! Point 2 Only take your credit cards. I remember back in the day when I used to buy travellers checks before I departed on any of my travels! Now I barely take anything apart from some emergency money and my credit cards! Credit card should be taken over debit cards for several good reasons: 1. Credit cards will enable you to hire cars/ motorbikes (nowhere will allow you to leave your debit card as a deposit) 2. If your credit card gets stolen and money gets withdrawn, as long as you report it in time, you will usually be able to claim the stolen money back. The same is NOT true for money taken out by your debit card In the world we live in today, you are honestly never far away from a working ATM. And let's face it… you never, ever want to be walking around with more than a few hundred bucks on you. Again - as I mentioned in Point 1 - never travel with anything you mind losing! Point 3 Keep $200, in bills, stashed somewhere. Whenever I go travelling I always hide a few $100 bills around my person. This is your 'emergency fund' if anything should go wrong. When you're travelling from A to B it's best to put this in your sock or down your pants… in case something terrible happens like your backpack gets nicked or your wallet get stolen. If you want to be extra safe you could always buy a pair of 'Brief Safe's' like the picture below! Point 4 Buy a 'key safe'. This 'key safe' above is the greatest thing I've ever bought. When you leave your hostel all you have to do is attach it to your bed and 'hey presto'… your $200 emergency money and credit cards are totally safe! And if you happen to rent a bike or car it's a brilliant place to stash your keys and keep them safe while you swim/camp/sleep. And that's it for my 4 point approach to keeping your stuff safe while you travel. If you have any other point/s that you want to share feel free to write something in the https://www.andalastourism.com site :) Happy Travels!

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Why is everyone in the world obsessed with the Maldives honeymoon?

It's probably got something to do with the fact that the Maldives is made up of more than thousand islands that rise from the middle of the Indian Ocean in order to form a paradise on earth.

Another thing about why the Maldives makes for such an amazing and idyllic spot for a couple on their honeymoon is that many of the hotels and resorts that are spread across the Maldives islands provide everything you could possibly wish for and have been designed with luxury and comfort in mind.

The Maldives were literally created for island lovers.

Couples who love the barefoot life, who love being together where the only footprints in the sand are their own, who love to relax on magical beaches, who love to do water sports by day and luxuriate in the ultimate creature comforts by night will truly enjoy honeymooning here.

It's like living an island dream. And due to the oceans slowly rising these islands are soon going to disappear forever. With that said - there's no better time than RIGHT NOW to book tour flights and go!

The only problem about going on a Maldives honeymoon is where on earth are you going to stay, and how on earth are you going to pick which hotel you are going to?!?!

There are some amazing Maldives honeymoon destinations out there such as: Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, W Retreat and Spa, or the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi. I would never usually say this as I am a firm believer of self-reliance, BUT in this situation the best way, and the way you are going to get the best discounts and deals is to book via a travel agent.

Usually with these agents like Jas Merah, they can help you map out exactly what you're looking for and what your budget will be able to get you. Plus as I said, they're also more than likely to give you a discount, which could include flights.

Either way, no matter how you book your stay - you are sure to fall in love with the Maldives. It really is one of those magical places on our fragile planet that everyone has to visit at least once before they die.

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