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This Is Why You Should Visit Maldives At Least Once In Your Life

This Is Why You Should Visit Maldives At Least Once In Your Life

Many people love to travel, to experience different cultures, places, cuisines, and sights. Many of them also fantasize about discovering an island paradise where they can jump into clear blue seas straight from their bungalow and be greeted and feted by friendly locals.[1]

The southwest of the southern tip of India is such a lovely place. The Maldives is a collection of coral islands and atolls that offer a wondrous array of tropical experiences. If you aren’t familiar with the magic or the beauty of this incredible place, read on to learn why the Maldives needs to be added to your travel bucket list.

A little about the Maldives

One of the smallest countries in the world, and the smallest in Asia, the Maldives is comprised of 1,192 islands over 90,000 square kilometers. Its waters are home to a number of marine ecosystems, and its white sand beaches are world famous.

Unfortunately, due to climate change and rising sea levels, the Maldives are at risk of disappearing into the sea. Although this will not be happening anytime soon, the impact of this slow encroachment is not yet fully understood. So, the sooner you visit, might prove to be better.

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The local culture is influenced by its proximity to India and its conversion to Islam in the 12th century. Mainly a fishing economy, the Maldivians discovered a major new revenue stream in tourism in the 1970s.[2] Since then, they have developed into an enticing tropical island destination.

Spreading the wealth of relaxation

Once thought of only as a honeymoon destination for couples, the Maldives has embraced its position as a once in a lifetime island destination for all, for play and even for work.

There are office outings and then there are awesome office outings. What separates run of the mill team building trips from trips that actually build teams, often comes down to the enthusiasm and the commitment of the man in charge. Chatri Sityodtong, the founder and chairman of mixed martial arts company ONE Championship, stepped up and shared a piece of ONE’s success through an all-expense paid trip to the Maldives.[3] But it wasn’t just him.

Mr. Sityodtong took his 100-strong team to the Maldives where they played on the beach, snorkeled with exotic sea life among colorful coral, and partied the night away, sounds luxurious, right?[4] What looked like frivolous fun also created bonds that should go a long way to ensure further future successes. And confirmed Sityodtong’s title as “Best Boss in the World”.

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Whether you win the workplace lottery and your boss treats you and your colleagues, or you are vacationing with family and friends, the Maldives is a perfect destination to mix sun, sea, sand, and fun. Plus, you may learn something new about a unique culture and habitat.

Until recently, visitors to the Maldives could only stay at one of the resorts, isolated and separated from the local population. Now, the rules have been relaxed, opening up the local villages to foreigners and a booming guesthouse and homestay economy.

Things to do in the Maldives

So, it does not matter if you stay at a guesthouse on Maafushior or at the five-star resort Soneva Fushi on Kunfunadhoo, the breadth of experiences available during a visit to the Maldives has grown. In addition to being an island paradise, there are many things you can do there. Here are some activity ideas to add to your itinerary for when you visit Maldives:

Scuba diving or snorkeling

No visit to the Maldives would be complete without an exploration of the sea life. Considered one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world, there are countless types of environments, from shallow coral reefs to deeper explorations of caverns and channels. This variety also means that any level of diver will have an unforgettable experience.[5] For those that choose to stay closer to the surface, there is plenty to see while snorkeling. Anyone venturing into the water will be sure to witness an amazing collection from the thousand species that make the Maldives its home.

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Whale sharks or manta rays

This deserves a separate mention because the Maldives’ South Ari Atoll is a year-round home to these lovely giants. These large fish species are considered endangered. There are a number of sites where you can swim with manta rays. These are rare opportunities that you should take advantage of. To swim alongside these magnificent creatures is a truly awesome experience.

Explore the capital

Most visitors to the Maldives will transit through the capital of Malé on their way to and from their accommodations, but the capital city is worthwhile to spend some time in and explore. The most urbanized of all its islands, Malé has a number of historic sites that should be visited, such as the Friday Mosque. Built in the early 18th century, it is one of the oldest in the country and an amazing example of a construction built from coral blocks.

Visit a local village

Now that visitors can venture beyond their all-inclusive resorts, you can enjoy the company of lovely locals in nearby villages. As long as you remember that this is a Muslim country and act appropriately (women should cover up and no one should even think of asking for or trying to share a beer), you will find your respect appreciated by a friendly, open people who will be happy to share their culture and traditions. You may even be invited to join a fishing trip.

Relax on adhoni

The traditional fishing vessel for Maldivian fisherman, the dhoni, started as a sailboat, but many now are outfitted with motors as well. Constructed from coconut trees or more modern fiberglass, there are many available for leisurely day trips or overnights for visitors to discover the islands from a different aspect.

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Try the cuisine

It may be stating the obvious, but the main ingredient of local Maldivian dishes is fish, like tuna and mackerel.[6] Coconut, breadfruit, taro, and other root vegetables are locally grown and are also featured. Curries may seem to dominate, and there are various cooking styles employed. You might find savory fish cakes and sweetened rice among your choices to dine from.

Discover a new water sport

In addition to the incredible sights awaiting underwater, you can enjoy thrills on the water. Water skiing, parasailing, kite surfing, kayaking, and so much more are available at multiple resorts and many local guesthouses.

Or you can just relax away on the beach, soak in the sun, and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of your little slice of exotic paradise.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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