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 26, 2005

South Molle Island

I will be studying abroad in Australia this winter, and we are lucky enough to able to travel to the Great Barrier Reef for a week! I have been starting to research a bit about the reef and the many islands that make it up, and have stumbled upon a favorite: South Molle Island.

This island is part of the Whitsunday Islands, in between the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland, Australia. Known as Australia’s affordable paradise, there is a lot to do on South Molle Island and it is host to many tourists from around the world.

The special thing about the Whitsundays is that each island has only one resort. So in effect, the entire island is the resort. The South Molle Island Resort boasts free-standing bungalows right on the beach, as well as units on the beachfront, family rooms, reef rooms set on tropical gardens, and golf rooms overlooking the island’s 9-hole golf course and national park. South Molle’s national park has 16 acres of walking trails, and tourists can also climb to Mt. Jeffreys (the highest point in South Molle).

Besides the standard beach activities most resorts offer, on South Molle visitors can also experience the Flames of Polynesia floor show, go horseback riding on the South Molle Island Track, and compete in toad racing contests. During low tide, guests can even walk from Paddle Bay to Mid Molle, a tiny island linked to South Molle (but be careful to get back to the mainland before high tide, or you will be stranded on the island!)

South Molle Island boasts an enormous amount of activities and beautiful scenery, as well as the quaint serenity that the Whitsundays offer. This island seems like a fantastic excursion for anyone who will be spending time at the Great Barrier Reef. For more information, consult South Molle Island's official site.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Mustique

Mustique is an exclusive island of 89 private residences, located at the northern tip of the Grenadines. The 1,400 acre island separates the Atlantic Ocean to the east from the Caribbean Sea to the west. The island is private, owned and goverened by shareholders of The Mustique Company which represents 20 countries.

The island of Mustique has such cache because of the many private villas available for weekly rental. The villas have 2 to 9 bedrooms, and range in price from U.S. $4,000 to $40,000 per week. However, if the traveler is willing to spend the money, the stay is well worth it. Villas come complete with a cook, gardeners, maids and butlers. The villas are designed by world renowned architects and boast beautiful furnishings, gardens and swimming pools. For these reasons, the island tends to attract wealthy travelers and celebrities as the exclusivity and luxury the island's accomodations offer are magnificent.

As far as the culture of the island, English is most commonly spoken but many owners and guests tend to speak Dutch, French, Italian and German. The island is extremely secluded and peaceful, and almost all of the villas boast their own private beach. Guests can be sure to see frogs, lizards, crabs and iguanas roam through the lush greens of Mustique, and may also enjoy snorkeling among tropical fish and a vibrant coral reef. The average temperature of the island hovers around 80 degrees all year long, making Mustique a tropical vacation destination all year long. For more information, consult Mustique's website.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Seychelles

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.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Introduction


My name is Sharon Tornick, and I am a senior majoring in marketing, with a minor in international business, at the University of Delaware. I absolutely love to travel, and I decided to create a travel blog for my BUAD 477 class. However, you will not read about places that I have already been to; instead, you can learn about the places that I am dreaming to see.

Many people love to travel, and many also have wish lists, as do I, of places they would like to go. I have been to many parts of the United States, made six trips to the Caribbean, and traveled once to Israel. Yet what really intrigue me are the places that are less well known and exotic. Lots of people are perfectly content if they simply vacation somewhere with hot weather, palm trees, and blue water. With those few criteria, there are lots of places relatively close by to travel to. For example, many students tend to frequent Cancun or Acapulco for Spring break, just as many may take a family trip to the Bahamas. But how many Americans can say they have traveled to the Seychelles, off the coast of Africa? Or Turtle Island? Or the tiny islands that make up the Great Barrier Reef? There are hundreds of destinations out there which are absolute jewels but lie far off the beaten path.

My aim is to research some of these destinations and report back to recap what I have learned. I will tell you where the most amazing little tropical paradises are located, what the climate is like, a bit of history, and a few things that make the destination a really special place to travel to. Watch out every week for a new posting on what could be your very next dream destination!