There are so many ways by which a person can approach holidays to Mauritius, though more often than not they throw caution to the wind and end up returning home with nothing more valuable than moths in their wallets. True, these kinds of far-flung holidays don’t come free of charge and in most instances don’t come cheap either, but there are nonetheless so many tips, tricks and matters of general common sense that can prevent unnecessary overspending.
In fact, make a few wise decisions here and there and once the trip itself has been booked, it’s pretty easy to spend a good fortnight in the Caribbean on the proverbial shoestring.
How? Consider the following as sensible starting points:
Eating and drinking the Caribbean is no more expensive than anywhere else in the world. However, some of the most incredible produce you’ll ever lay eyes on can be picked up across dozens of markets for prices that almost defy belief. As such, those who self-cater on their holidays are 100% guaranteed to save an absolute fortune compared to restaurant prices, while at the same time learning a few tricks with the most exotic and diverse ingredients on Earth.
Almost every convenience, excursion and activity in the Caribbean comes at a price – the most beautiful beaches on the planet however are 100% free of charge. And what’s more, bring along sufficient towels and comforts and you can easily avoid having to pay for sunbed and parasol rentals, which aren’t exactly extortionate but can soon add up for a family of four over a two-week holiday.
Buy, Don’t Rent
Those who choose to try their hand at a bit of snorkelling or fancy a jaunt in an inflatable dingy are in most instances best-off buying one outright from a local store, rather than renting one. The reason being that while a couple of hours of use might work out cheaper, spending a little more to buy these affordable goodies leaves them at your disposal for the whole trip.
If spending time by the beach or any of the stunning Caribbean ports, never forget that the further you stroll inland from the water, the cheaper the prices tend to get. This covers food, drink, souvenirs, shopping and most other examples across the board, so be sure to rack-up savings of a good 50% by heading a little further into dry land when looking to buy anything.
Avoid the Crowds
If the holiday crowds are flocking into an specific shop, outlet or craft village to pick up a thousand and one wares, chances are said outlet has been created for exactly such reasons – i.e. it is a tourist trap. The same goes for bars and restaurants as a throbbing mass of foreigners is usually a good sign of a place with the sole purpose of taking tourists for all they’re worth.
Follow the Locals
And in the reverse of the above, keep an eye out for shops, bars, eateries and any locales that are bursting at the seams with locals. After all, not only is this a good sign of somewhere made and priced how things on the island could be, but there will be plenty of time to fraternise with your fellow country-folk when you get home again!
Thomas Crowly is an independent travel consultant with a passion for putting together the very best all inclusive Antigua resorts currently offer. He proudly lives the single life in Lincoln, where he has recently taken up Swahili lessons, just for the fun of it!