There are a number of islands off the coast of Africa that are neither safari destinations, nor do they offer the typical African experience. For the intrepid traveler looking for a taste of culture and a beach break for a few days, these islands in the Indian Ocean offer nothing less than a delicious chance to break from the norm and really get a feel for the journey.
The island of Mauritius has a culture steeped in a melting pot of Indian, African and French influence, all part of the island’s history. Indeed, Americans should put Mauritius on their bucket lists. Europeans have known about this high-end travel destination for years.
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At the advent of the internet, consumers had a new medium to research and book their own trips. No longer were computerized air, hotel and car rental inventories the exclusive domain of travel agents. Consumers were able to use the early online booking engines like Travelocity and Expedia to book their own travel arrangements.
U.S. river cruising continues to grow in popularity, especially with Americans who, more than ever, prefer to travel within the U.S.A. Thanks to the cultural richness associated with America’s great rivers (especially the Mississippi), there has also been growth among international travelers who have an interest in this country’s history.