Asalam-o-Alaikum, Hello, Bonjour and Namaste! Just some stuff about Seychelles and announcements for the blog.
If you have been following me on my Facebook and Instagram, you would know that I just came back from Seychelles. Ever since I did my Wanderlust Monday series on Seychelles, I was amazed by the beauty of the place and really wanted to go there. I started researching about it almost four months in advance. One thing led to another and here I was creating a travel plan for myself to go to Seychelles.
(Inserting a tiny tid bit about how I obsess over planning my travels :P) So I spent four months to plan the 8 days we spent in Seychelles. You might think I am crazy, but I am not. I like to extensively research across all parameters. These include: Accommodation, tickets, visas, food, transport, attractions, activities (if any), weather (very important in deciding which season you must travel), communications (cellular/wifi services). Then in parallel I am jotting down and shortlisting the stuff that I think would work for us (air tickets, hotels etc), comparing one to another, looking all over the internet for their pros and cons etc etc. The platforms I search across are TripAdvisor for scanning hotel prices and reviews, Sky Scanner for tickets, immigration websites for visa information, travel groups on Facebook for popular opinion, Youtube for first hand experiences of vloggers and to see 4K drone footage of the destination 😛
Then comes the budgeting. My husband and I mutually agree over a certain amount that is not to be exceeded and everything must fall under it. (Secret to a long lasting relationship: Couples who plan and travel together, stay together). And then I do my magic planning in a spreadsheet, when all looks good we are ready to book!
Travel planning is simple. If you have the time and will for it.
Oh btw. We never buy any travel “packages” or “deals” from travel agents unless of course it’s an AHMAZING offer. We plan everything on our own, book everything on our own without a third party involved. This gives us more transparency and control over our travel and also comes with mental satisfaction that if we screw up, it would be our fault and no one else’s. That’s what makes the screw-up fun too, and also gives us something to laugh about in future.
Enough beating about the bush. With all that extensive “planning”, we ended up going to Seychelles in November (just around both our birthdays), and it was a blast you guys!!!!
We landed in Mahe, which is the main island of Seychelles and also has the capital city of Victoria there. All the main business and other important stuff happens in Mahe. From Mahe we almost instantly hopped on to a ferry to another island called Praslin where we spent 2 days. On the 3rd day we did a day trip to another island called La Digue. On the 4th day we returned to Mahe and spent 5 amazing days exploring and driving around the island.
These are the three main islands of Seychelles. But that’s not all.
A Bit About Seychelles
Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands but the above three are one of the main and largest islands. It is located in the Indian Ocean towards East of Africa. The people of Seychelles are of African, French, Indian and Chinese descent. The dominant languages spoken are English and French and also the local language, Seychellois, which happens to be a variation of French itself. Religion is predominantly Christianity.
Here is a beautiful footage from our trip that I captured through my phone (it’s amazing how technology has put in so much power into something so small such as a phone). The video was shot in 4K so please make sure you set the Youtube video quality to something above 720p for the crispiest and sharpest video ever.
Hope you enjoyed the Geography lesson. Over the course of next few weeks, I will be releasing a couple of blog posts about my trip to Seychelles accompanied (hopefully) with a vlog. I tried to capture as much footage as I could for you guys so I really hope you like it! At the end of the series, I will write a travel guide for people who are hoping to travel to Seychelles which would include details about accommodation, flights, visas – all the necessary stuff.
I’ll try to cover as much as I can but if you have any specific questions that you need answered asap or anything that I might miss out in my posts, please feel free to ask me in the comments below.
Until then. Stay tuned.