All over the world, there are perfect tropical paradises within the reach of beach-seeking travelers. Many destinations are well known - and just as many are well off the beaten path. Discover a place which may be your next dream destination, or learn about others which may have been beyond your realm of imagination...

Monday, September 12, 2005


For my first destination, I decided to delve deep into the Indian Ocean. Off the east coast of Africa, just north of Madagascar, lies an archipelago of more than one hundred tropical islands called Seychelles. Known to be the Caribbean of Europe, travelers can fly non-stop from London, Paris, Rome (to name a few) and bask in the sun on the soft powdery white sands. Natives of the island are mainly Creole, French and English speaking, since the islands were a British colony for 162 years and the influences of early French settlers still remain dominant. The nationality of the island is Seychellois, and there are approximately 80,000 people living on the islands.

As I mentioned, the Seychelles are located in the deep turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, and the islands in total are about 2.5 times the size of Washington D.C. The islands boast a warm tropical climate year round, as well as 81 endemic plant species. It is an attractive place for Americans to travel to because of the exoticism of the islands’ location – which makes it an uncommon vacation destination for travelers in our part of the world.

I would personally love to travel to the Seychelles because of its location and the seclusion that relatively non-populated islands offer. I have found through my travels that the best destinations are often those farthest from tourists, and as 33 of the Seychelle’s 115 islands are inhabited one can easily find pristine beauty. For more information on this tropical destination, consult the official website of the Seychelles.


Blogger LauraL said...

Thank you for the insightful information. I would definitely love to visit the Seychelles islands. The island is definitely the definition of a paradise. It's unfortunate that we live so far from it though, but it would make a great honeymoon destination for the future. As Americans, we are so used to going to the Caribbean for a tropical climate and beautiful beach. I love going to the Caribbean, but its nice to adventure somewhere else too. A majority of my relatives are from Europe and they always chose such unique vacation destinations. Americans can be a little boring when chosing a place to vacation because they usually end up going to Disney World. I've been fortunate enough to travel to Europe every year, but I would love to extend my travels further. Thanks again for the information and I look forward to learning more about other exotic vacation spots in your future blogs.

2:17 PM, September 16, 2005

Blogger Sandy Chen said...

The Seychelles Islands gives off this beautiful tropical feeling and it seems like a very interesting place to visit. I have never heard of the Seychelles Islands, but from your post, I may want to add this place to my list of places I would love to visit in the future. How did you hear about this place? As Laural said, it is sad that as Americans, we tend to be a bit boring when we travel. They usually travel to msot tourist spots, but I know it is also hard planning a trip to an unknown location. Many people might be fearful because they don't know what to expect, and I know that many people like the sense of security, especially when they travel out of their comfort zone. I hope to read more about various locations that you choose in hopes of extending my knowledge about unique and exotic places.

8:37 PM, September 17, 2005

Blogger Stefanie said...

The Seychelles sound amazing! It sounds like a very exciting place and from the picture you have posted it looks so pretty I want to be there right now! It is nice that it is warm all year round and I'm sure this is another aspect of why it is so attractive to tourists. If the Seychelles were located closer to the U.S., this would be a vacation hot spot for Americans without a doubt. I have traveled to a bunch of places outside of the U.S. and I have a list of places I still want to visit. After reading about Seychelles this place is definitely being added to my list!

2:56 PM, October 13, 2005

Blogger wildwestlax said...

That place looks sick. Where did you find out about such a cool island. Seems like something you see on VH1, where the stars all go to suntan. What a big word too, archipelago. I would have had to cut and paste that one from a different website. I'm improving my vocab and learning about new destinations to satisfy my tourism appetite. I scuba dive and this seems like a cool place to do it. The only problem is that the African waters are full of great white sharks and pretty much if I saw one while swimming I would need a fresh pair of shorts. I agree too, that a good destination is one with not too many people, but with direct flights from so many big European countries, I imagine the island isn't cheap. Can't wait to read up on your next destination.

6:23 PM, November 16, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

3:52 AM, January 10, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi All, Seychelles is great and I always return back.. Here is an affordable self catering establishment and run by a most welcome family on the island.. They really made my staf fantastic..

2:51 AM, January 18, 2011


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