Now You Too Can Afford Maldives On A Budget - The Bag Packers

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Now You Too Can Afford Maldives On A Budget


If the picture-perfect beaches of Maldives and its posh overwater bungalows spark your wanderlust but the insanely high expenses keep you from taking the next flight out, you are not the only one. Everything about Maldives comes at a high price, right from tickets to accommodation. As a country, Maldives relies solely largely upon the tourism industry for its sustenance, which explains the price tag. The other reason is its location which is far away from mainland Asia, which requires them to import everything. However, if you really want to go to Maldives just to experience the beauty of the island nation and are willing to forego a few vacation luxuries like alcohol, it is possible to take a trip on a budget.

Flights: Instead of taking a direct flight to Male, you can fly a budget carrier to any of the European business hubs like Frankfort or Milan and fly out to Male from there. You can even do the same with a layover in any major South-east Asian city like Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur. All you need to do is a bit of searching since these flights won’t be available to you in a bundle.

Accommodation: All overwater bungalows in Maldives come with a hefty price tag, but if you want you can find multiple options in budget hotels that are also beautiful. All you need to do is to reach an island that is not private and look up a guesthouse. They will cost you a fraction of the tariff at overwater bungalows and are close to many beautiful beaches. What’s more, these islands are closer to the airport, making conveyance cheaper. Maafushi, Fulidhoo, and Guraidhoo are some great local beaches you can consider.

Transportation: The best part of choosing not to stay in a private island is that you have more options for transportation, and these are cheaper. You can use the local ferry system to get around. This network is as extensive as it is affordable. If you are prepared to wait a few minutes for your ferry, you can end up saving big bucks. If you are not willing to spend time on a ferry, you can even rent a local speedboat which would still be cheaper than the ones provided by the resorts.

Food: By eating out in local restaurants, you can save a lot. Some hotels might even include dinner in your room charges. Did we mention this is the best way to experience the local cuisine?
Now that you know all the tips to travel to Maldives on a budget, have you started packing your bags yet?

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