My insatiable wanderlust takes me on many nomadic adventures. And the more I explore the world around me, the more I appreciate its beauty. What an amazing planet we live on!
Being a conscious traveller
I started reflecting on the damaging consequences that some of our actions have. Sometimes we are not even aware of it. For instance, in South Africa, I once held a lion cub in my arms. Because it was cute. Five years later, I realized it was cruel to do this to wildlife. More and more, through other responsible human beings, my eyes opened. Our actions can either harm or do good to our planet. Begun my quest towards conscious living including minimalism. I slowly begun educating myself to responsible tourism practices. I still have a long way to go but I can start somewhere. Why not in my own country – Mauritius.
Before coming back to Mauritius in 2016, I had researched what to do on the island. I wanted to re-discover it because so much had changed. Malls had popped up. New “domaines” have cropped that I never heard of, and there were a lot more activities to do. It was then that I came across this article that stirred something within me. I was glad I read it, for it led me to this marvelous online travel guide: Mauritius Conscious.
As it reads on their website:
Mauritius Conscious is a heart-made travel company that specializes in providing sustainable travel experiences to visitors and residents of Mauritius.
Before that though, let me tell you a little story. Not being able to carry my NutriBullet with me to Mauritius, I got in touch with a young woman via the expat online forum. She was discussing the benefits of juicing and wanted to start a community. Little did I know that it was nature’s way of orchestrating a beautiful meeting of souls. Can you guess who that young woman is?
She’s the Romina in the ‘Romina & Gerald’ – the couple behind Mauritius Conscious!
Life in Mauritius as a conscious traveller
So, to recap, I try to be more mindful about my choices and actions. Often though, it’s not that obvious that what we are doing causes harm. So, I am grateful for a travel guide such as Mauritius Conscious. It highlights eco-friendly activities you can take part in Mauritius. It also provides a list of accommodation, services, shops that aligns with their values of being a conscious traveller. And the best part? They organize it all for you, if you simply get in touch with them!
While I went on my independent adventures, I took inspiration from some things highlighted on their blog.
Here’s a few examples of some ‘conscious activities’ I did on the island:
Using the local bus system
That was such fun! The bus rattled its way past sugar-cane fields as my partner and I travelled from the west coast to Port-Louis. We saved on what would have been an expensive taxi ride and we lived a mini adventure. We laughed and sang on the way, that moment forever etched in our memories as a couple.
Organic vegetables shopping from Agribio
I got my week’s fresh produce from local farmers. Delicious raw food for days. Local, seasonal, and helping the local economy.
Sunset at the beach
Sunset, paired with walks on the beach while listening to the sounds of the ocean.
Sampling local cuisine
This took various forms. Sometimes, it meant sitting at a lovely local restaurant to sample a royal feast. Other times, I would buy local cakes from a marchand ambulant. Whichever I chose, my tummy was always happy and satisfied.
Appreciating local art
I also had the immense pleasure of attending an exhibition of local artists at Mystik Lifestyle Hotel (a hotel doing an excellent job showcasing Mauritius as authentically as possible). The paintings that I liked the most were all from Katty Laguette, a multimedia artist and designer who graduated in Digital Art at the MGI School of Fine Arts in Mauritius. Her paintings are so colourful, full of life, and exuding happiness – it’s impossible not to feel drawn to them.
If you are visiting Mauritius and would like to explore the island as a conscious tourist, I highly recommend you get in touch with Mauritius Conscious for assistance. They know the best places to go, hidden gems, as well as fun activities that are sustainable and eco-friendly. So contact them, and let them organize tailor made conscious trips that will delight you. More info on Mauritius Conscious online travel guide.
Disclaimer: I was invited to the official launch of the online travel guide. However all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.