Travel Tips for First Time Visitors to Maldives
Traveling to another country can always be an exciting proposition. However, for the first-time visitors it can also be a nerve wracking experience. It can fill you up with anxiety and can give you the chills. In most cases, the operators of Maldives Tour Packages handle most of the things for you and you don’t have to worry at all. Despite this, having some sort of idea as to what to expect can help a lot.
Here is what we feel that you should know if you are traveling to Maldives.
- Understand the Costs
If you are planning to set up a budget for your trip to Maldives, then here is what you should know. Typically, your cost would include the cost of living, food, travel, and any activities that you engage in. If you intend to do some shopping then add that to the list as well.
Other than the capital, you will be pressed to find a good hotel to stay at. There are several resorts that you can try out. However, there are a lot of guest houses and B&B type of setups operated by the locals on different islands. These places are also registered with Airbnb. These places will help you save money as well as let you experience the local culture firsthand.
There used to be a time when traveling in and out of Maldives was quite expensive. However, now regional airlines have started offering travel options at cheaper rates. The decreasing airfare had contributed to influx of visitors to the country. Traveling through Asia or Middle East would be a cost effective option if you are looking to save some dime.
- Food & Drinks
There are a lot of local markets that serve the local street food. However, if you have special dietary requirements then you may struggle a little on this front. In this case, you may have to pick up your own groceries and request your host to cook a meal for you.
Alcohol is also not freely available in the country. You may be able to get it in resorts that have special government exemptions.
Maldives has its own currency MVR. However, US dollars are widely accepted almost anywhere in the country. In fact, you may be able to bargain a better deal for yourself if you agree to pay in US dollars.