I’m balancing on a tiny platform high above the ground, paralysed with fear. Both hands are gripping a straight metal bar, and I’m leaning forward with my feet half over the edge. “Hop!” the instructor behind me says in a voice bubbling with enthusiasm. I shake my head, too numb to speak, as my brain asks why the hell I thought a flying trapeze lesson would be fun.

Climbing back down the narrow ladder that got me up here would be even scarier, so I flex my knees and jump. Wooohoo!! I fly through the air, trailing a scream of fear and sheer delight behind me. After a few swings back and forth the instructor tells me exactly when to let go so I land bum-first on the safety net. Minutes later, after some extra tips on how to leap and land, I’m climbing the ladder again. It’s hardly the holiday I imagined when I set off to Mauritius, best known as a lazy, sun, sea and sand destination. Instead, Club Med’s La Pointe aux Canonniers resort has me reinventing myself as a person who sa...

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