How to create your travel bucket list

Susan Sontag once said, ‘I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.’

Does the maldives feature on your travel bucket list?

Does the maldives feature on your travel bucket list?

Creating a list of wonderful places you dream about one day visiting is the first step in an adventure which can last a lifetime.

But for those who don’t already have a travel bucket list it can be an intimidating thing to start.

Luxury Travel Mom blogger Kim-Marie Evans urges her readers who don’t yet have a bucket list to ‘start writing, you might be surprised at what you find on the page’.

Think of photographs you’ve seen which have made you sigh longingly, stories friends have told about places that have made you green with envy. These are all places that should be on your bucket list.

The experience of a lifetime

The thing to bear in mind about your list is that it doesn’t need to be just a catalogue of destinations. A bucket list can also be a collection of experiences you would like to have in your lifetime.

The sky is literally the limit when dreaming up bucket list activities. Have you always wanted to zip-line through a tropical jungle, learn to scuba dive or play golf on a Championship golf course in Mauritius? Jotting it down on the list can be the first step towards making it happen.

Many 5* hotels, such as Constance Hotels & Resorts across the Indian Ocean, now offer a range of bucket-list-worthy activities from cookery lessons with a world-class chef to diving with sharks or spending a day on your very own desert island with dinner delivered by boat.

Bucket list destinations

It can be difficult sometimes to pin down exactly where we want to go, we know that photographs of white sand beaches shaded by palm trees in magazines make us drool but where are they exactly?

Dramatic landscapes: The Baobab trees of Madagascar

Dramatic landscapes: The Baobab trees of Madagascar

Here’s our guide to possible bucket list destinations:

  • Maldives – If you dream of walking barefoot on the beach of a white coral sand island secluded in a vast blue ocean, or sleeping in your own villa which stands on stilts over a clear blue lagoon, the chances are the Maldives should be on your bucket list.
  • Madagascar – If your spirit craves adventure, you want to explore dramatic landscapes, see new things, immerse yourself in a vibrant friendly community then Madagascar needs to go on the list.
  • Seychelles – The Seychelles features on many bucket lists not just for the picture postcard white-sand beaches and enticing climate but the warm welcome visitors receive and the natural beauty of its various islands.
  • Mauritius – With its stunning coastline and activities aplenty both on the ocean and amidst the dramatic, mountainous interior Mauritius earns its place on many a bucket list.

Wherever you choose, whichever destinations get your pulse racing and your heart fluttering, start the list today. You might be surprised by the places your imagination will dare to take you.

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Colin Montogmerie’s Open victory takes him one step closer to Mauritius

The European Senior Golf Tour is hotting up as Colin Montgomerie wins his second Major of the season at the US Senior Open Championship.

Will Colin Montogmerie be gracing the Legend this December?

Will Colin Montogmerie be gracing the Legend this December?

The win puts Montogmerie at the head of the order of merit and in a good position to play for the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius this December.

The Tour Championship will be held at Constance Belle Mare Plage from December 12–14. A recent agreement between the Senior Tour, Constance and sponsor Mauritius Commercial Bank guaranteed that the MCB Championship will be hosted by Constance Belle Mare Plage until at least 2017.

Montgomerie is no stranger to the Legend course at Belle Mare Plage having battled last year’s MCB Champion Paul Wesselingh on the course in the final round of the championship last year.

Former Ryder Cup Captain, Montgomerie won the US Senior Open in Oklahoma following a dramatic play-off against Gene Sauers.

Get full details of the US Senior Open Championship and all the latest European Senior Tour news on the European Senior Tour website.

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10 top travel apps 2014

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Today’s sophisticated travel apps make light work of planning a holiday.

Here’s our selection of ten of the best travel apps that will help you plan your next trip.

1. Packing Pro

Get organised before you leave with this essential packing app. The app allows you to make and keep a variety of lists (ski holiday, beach holiday, city break) and offers a range of template lists which can be customised to suit your personal needs. A must for family holidays.

2. Triposo

A travel guide app based on reviews and comments from 6 million travellers covering 200 countries and more than 25,000 destinations. Handily this app also works offline.

3. TravelSafe

Hopefully you’ll never need to use it but this app connects you to emergency services in countries around the world. Whatever country you’re in the app will connect you to your local services as well as providing local embassy information.

4. WeatherPro

Covering more than 2 million locations worldwide this popular weather app is a perfect choice for travellers wanting to check the weather forecast at their destination.

5. XE Currency

With access to live exchange rates this free app is perfect for calculating currencies on-the-go. Well laid out and simple to use this is better than many paid-for currency converter apps.

6. TripAdvisor

Still the go-to review site for the world’s travellers, TripAdvisor’s app gives reviews, guides and all important traveller ratings while you’re on-the-go.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

7. FlightTrack

The FlightTrack app compiles all your flight information, including delays and cancellation, in one place making this a handy app for those taking more than one flight. Giving details such as which departure gate to head for and terminal maps this is all you’ll need for stress-free flying.

8. Foursquare

A quick way to get to grips with what’s going on in a new destination, the Foursquare app gives travellers the opportunity to add their comments to a global network of reviews including, hotels, sites and restaurants.

9. TripIt

This is an all-in-one travel organiser. Forward your confirmation emails to the TripIt app and it will collate all your travel information so you can access it quickly and easily. Share itineraries with friends, access itineraries from different devices and get maps and weather for your destination, this app really does everything except feed the cat while you’re away.

10. Postagram

For those that miss the days of sending and receiving postcards this is a cool app which allows you to create a postcard on your device using one of your own pictures and then will have the card printed and mailed direct to the recipient’s door.

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Recipe: Grilled asparagus salad

Celebrate summer asparagus with this delicious salad recipe from Constance Moofushi’s Alizee Restaurant.

Enjoy our asparagus salad recipe at Constance Moofushi's Alizee Restaurant

Enjoy our asparagus salad recipe at Constance Moofushi’s Alizee Restaurant

Ingredients

  • 1kg asparagus
  • 1.5kg butternut squash
  • 400g halloumi
  • 100g salad mache (lamb’s lettuce)
  • 100g frissee lettuce
  • 100g radicchio lettuce
  • 200ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 100ml balsamic glaze

Method

1. Cut the butternut squash into cubes and bake in the oven.

2. Grill the asparagus and then cut in half lengthways.

3. Slice the halloumi cheese and grill.

4. Stack the layers of asparagus and butternut squash on a plate, top with mache, frissee and radicchio lettuce in a honey and lemon dressing. Lay grilled halloumi on top and garnish with a balsamic glaze.

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Constance Le Prince Maurice heads to Switzerland

Executive Chef Michael Scioli from Constance Le Prince Maurice will be taking the flavours, spices and culinary traditions of Mauritius to The Chalet d’Adrien in Switzerland this August.

Constance Le Prince Maurice's Archipel restaurant

Constance Le Prince Maurice’s Archipel restaurant

Chef Michael’s visit to Verbier next month will be the centrepiece of a gastronomic week celebrating Spices and Flavours of the World at the Chalet d’Adrien from 7-10 August.

He will work alongside Michelin-starred chef Mirto Marchesi to create a series of menus built around the spices and herbs of Indian Ocean cuisine.

Restaurants on tour are big news this summer, and Constance Le Prince Maurice is joining the likes of The Fat Duck, Noma and El Celler de Can Roca in taking its renowned cuisine to new countries.

More about Constance Le Prince Maurice

Named after Prince Maurice Van Nassau, the Dutch pioneer of the spice trade in the Indian Ocean, Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius has long celebrated the rich, warm flavours and spices of the region.

Our beautiful, cool colonial-style architecture, sumptuous menus infused with the warmth of spices from the region and even our hotel logo of a nutmeg, all point to the important role spices play in Mauritius fusion cuisine.

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Best holiday reads 2014

Whether you’re loading up your Kindle or squeezing paperbacks into your suitcase, taking a great book with you can be the finishing touch to packing for a perfect holiday.

Best holiday reads 2014

Best holiday reads 2014

Take a look at who’s recommending what this year to help inspire your choice.

The Guardian – Best holiday reads 2014

The Guardian has brought together a selection of writers from Jeanette Winterson and Colm Tóibín to Ruth Rendell and Ian Rankin to tell readers what they’ll be reading this summer. Highlights include:

  • Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys by Viv Albertine, the memoir of Albertine’s punk musician days
  • A God in Every Stone ¬by Kamila Shamshie, a compelling story of history and the people who live in it.

The Observer – Best holiday reads 2014

The Observer has lined up a stellar cast of authors, historians, screenwriters and journalists to give their guide to what to read this summer. Highlights include:

  • Prince’s Boy by Paul Bailey, set in the 1920s a Romanian looks back at his time in Paris as a young man from the writer of Gabriel’s Lament.
  • A Bad Character by Deepti Kapoor a novel about a young Indian woman’s struggle for freedom and desire.

The Independent – Summer reads 2014: 10 best memoirs

The Independent shines its light on the many compelling autobiographies out this summer and runs down its Top 10. Highlights include:

  • Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton, a fascinating insight into the workings of the mind of the woman and statesman that is Hillary Clinton.
  • Carsick by John Waters, a lively, highly entertaining read, this book follows Waters’ journey hitchhiking across America in 2012.
The perfect location to embrace your next novel?

The perfect location to embrace your next novel?

Esquire – The high-brow beach-read round-up

In an attempt to avoid the summer blockbusters and political potboilers of most summer reading lists, Esquire takes a look at what’s available for those looking for something more substantial. Highlights include:

  • The True American by Anand Giridharadas, New York Times columnist Giridharadas, traces the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan a survivor of a revenge shooting for 9/11 by delusional Mark Stroman. Bhuiyan not only forgives Stroman and rebuilds his life, he also tries to save Stroman from the death penalty.
  • In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen, a novel about how we should write and think about the holocaust set at a Zen retreat in a former concentration camp.

Vogue – Summer’s buzziest beach reads

Vogue bases its summer reading list on the ‘if you liked that, you’ll love this’ approach. Highlights include:

  • I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum, a comic story of a fading Brit Pop artist trying to win back his wife.
  • The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon, a thriller set in a future in which society is rendered unable to speak by digital technology.

Red – The best summer reads

Pulling together the best of the new releases and classics from the past the Red team give their recommendations for this summer. Highlights include:

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, set on the French Riviera in the 1920s this is typical Fitzgerald jazz age glamour and heartbreak.

Half A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this Orange Prize winner is a compelling tale of the Biafran War as seen through the eyes of its characters.

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