Thursday, June 12, 2008

Mauritius for a Perpetual Traveller?

I posted a while ago that I wasn't sure what to during the next few winter months. One of the options was to head to The Mauritius for a couple of months, I'd been turned on to this island republic several months ago after reading this BBC article, specifically this:

Also available is a wireless solution which needs no mobile or even landline. You can buy a modem which uses the emerging Wimax technology.

It plugs straight into your PC and receives its signal from a Wimax base station a couple of kilometres away.

Wimax has been described as "wi-fi on steroids", with hotspots often spanning several kilometres.

Currently three quarters of the island is blanketed in these hotspots - and the guys behind the service are eyeing up major expansion.


Sadly, I'm going to have to rule a visit out this year: the cost of flying from Buenos Aires is prohibitive. I couldn't find a return flight for under $2300US.

Still, this island has massive potential for perpetual travellers, so maybe I'll get there some other time.

3 comments:

Razboynik said...

Mauritius looks like a great place to chill out.
What's the situation like with visas though?

Perpetual_Traveller said...

Tourists get 90 days upon entry. I emailed the immigration dept and they replied they have no problem with multiple entries per year.

Atle said...

I was thinking moving to Mauritius, after having visited the neighbor island RĂ©union which is more like the less beautiful little sister (but still attractiv!). I guess the cheapest flights would be out of Paris since the French go there on vacations, so if you first buy a return BsAs-Paris and then a separate ticket with one of the charter companies it should be possible to get by for around 2000 usd.