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1. Posted by Julli (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Hi Everyone!

Me and my boyfriend is planing on moving to paradise in Jan/Feb and would like some tips.
We have been thinking about Mauritius and the seychelles and would like to hear what you think about these places.
I will be studying from a distans, but my boyfriend would like to get a job there.
We are looking for beautiful beaces and not expensive living......
I would also like to know if anyone knows anything about visa requirements etc.
I am a Swedish citizen (25) and my boyfriend is American (23).
We are up for any place, so if you have any other suggestions, please let me know!!!


2. Posted by 'Wanderer' (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

If you and your bf are looking for a place to move to then I would recommend Mauritius, only because things are cheeper there to get like the bare necessities, and food. Also cheaper in import/export into Mauritius. Seychelles is very expensive to live in. everything is imported... I mean EVERYTHING.. the lack of good soil and the bugs that distroy the veggie gardens are a disappointment. plus it's way to expensive for relatives to send you "care packages".
Plus it's easier to fly to Seychelles if you'd like a visit. I'd recommend the island of La Digue,(Petit Anse) as well as Giant Tortoises (you'll have to rent bicycles to get around La Digue) via the Island of Praslin ( known for being the exclusive home of the rare 'coco de mer' ) Don't forget the main Island of Mahe.. rent a car. faster to get around Mahe. don't forget your camera and swimsuits.
Sorry that I can't be any help about the Visas.
Enjoy Paradise, I did in 2005 and I am planning another trip there in July/Aug. 2008. :)

3. Posted by Julli (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Hi "wanderer"

Thank you so much for your help!

4. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 9y

Just to reiterate with Wanderer, Seychelles is rediculously expensive. I was there in May and it was £10 for a 200g jar of coffee, that when you can get it!
The buses on Mahe though are very cheap, regular and efficient whereas car hire is around 50 euros a day.
I stayed there with friends as opposed to in a hotel so I was living life as it were. After two weeks I had seen all the beaches, including Praslin and La Digue and was bored stiff.
Mauritius however was more interesting, but again, it is just a small island and once you have seen it that is it. Sorry if this sounds negative, but believe me, Paradise is only that for a short time and then it becomes brain numbing. Why not go for somewhere that is at least near something else, like Mozambique or a zillion other places. I always wondered why my friends in Seychelles missed home, now I know.
At the very least, go to Seychelles and Mauritius for a holiday first, stay in self catering and see how you get on. You can get round flights, try Air Mauritius, they do both islands, or you could even take in Madagascar too. Off peak you can get accomodation for around 35 euros a day in Seychelles. Mauritius I know a good, basic place for under £40 a week!
Visa wise, free to UK citizens, not sure about other nationalities but I could check for you, but in Mauritius you have to have a return flight home or they get real stroppy. I only had a return to Jo'burg and they almost didnt let me in. Took my bag to pieces and interrogated me twice. Other people really friendly in Mauritius though.
Job wise, depends what your boyfriend wants to do. Pay can be really poor which makes the cost of living very high. Check out working visas too to make sure it is possible.

5. Posted by Julli (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Thank you for your input too Baluba....
I must say that you guys didnt exactly boost mauritius or the Seychells hhahahah....
I have been looking aroung on the net and it seems that many people agree with you guys, that it´s wonderful for a week or two but then you bet bored with it...

And we are planing on going in Januari and just found out that its the cyclone period which dosent excactly promote me going......=)

So any tips on other playces???
I have already backed packed in Thailand and I loved it and we want to see something else this time....
Somewhere that can be both paradise beaches and close to something bigger since we are planing on living there for a couple of months......

6. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 9y

What does your boyfriend want to do job wise, that could have a good bearing

7. Posted by Julli (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Well hopefully he will manage to get a job from a distans writing before we leave. But otherwise nothing speciell
at a bar, tutouring....just something so that he can cope while we are away.....

8. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 9y

You could try Mozambique, some fab beaches plus you are close to South Africa. Backpackers are always great places to get jobs, you may not get paid, but your accommodation and food often comes free. Also Zanzibar, incredibly beautiful beaches and you are just a boat ride from mainland Tanzania. Try north, lots of hotels and bars, one of the guys I was with out there was offered a job at a resort, selling boat trips.
However, you are better off being in the country you want to find work in, particularly in Africa, these things are rarely advertised. Alternatively, look on the web, there are sites that are geared to overseas 'holiday' type jobs.
I dont really know about places other than Africa, but I am sure other members will be able to help you with those.
Good luck!

9. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 9y

Have you thought about South Africa? There are all kinds of beautiful cities on the coast. And with the entire tip of the continent, you'd be hard pressed NOT to find a piece of paradise. Just decide what interests you the most and pick a region: the cape, south coast, wild coast, zululand. Cape Town is stunning with a thriving backpacker scene. Since UCT (uni of cape town) is there, you can usually find a lot of cheap accommodation as well. It's also an easy city to get around...if you wanted a city. As for visas, you will be hard pressed to find a work visa, but it sounds like your boyfriend was planning on under the table work as it is. He should have no troubles finding this through word of mouth. Depending on where you go, he could find work as a waiter/bartender or in a lodge pretty easily. You will both have to leave the country after three months to renew your visa however. Good luck!