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11 Misconceptions about the Maldives

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If you have never heard of the Maldives you might have some misconceptions about this popular holiday destination.

If you have never heard of the Maldives you might have some misconceptions about this popular holiday destination. Do you think you know all about the sunny side of life? Well, even if you do, here are some of the most common misconceptions about the Maldives.

1. Maldives is boring

Among the different misconceptions about the Maldives, considering the island nation ‘boring’ is the most absurd one. Yes, the Maldives is one of the best places in the world to simply sit back and relax.

The truth however is that you’ll never run of things to do in the Maldives whether it’s on land on water. If you don’t enjoy the beautiful underwater world of the destination, you’re missing out!

2. Maldives is a part of India

No, the Maldives is not a part of India. The island nation is an independent country with its currency, language, and a long history.

3. Maldives is located in Hawaii, Bali, the Caribbean…etc

People that hear about the Maldives for the first time assume that the island archipelago is located in Hawaii, Bali or the Caribbean. However, the Maldives is located in the north-central Indian Ocean.

4. Tourism is the only industry in the Maldives

While the economy of the Maldives relies heavily on the tourism industry, fishing, agriculture and other industry provide the livelihood for many Maldivians. Furthermore, the fishing and tourism industry are linked as demand for fish is high in resorts.

5. Maldives is one whole island

No. The Maldives compromises 1192 tiny islands. Every resort in the country is located on its very own private island. Hence, isolation and social distancing come naturally at the tropical holiday destination.

6. You require a visa to enter the Maldives

All nationalities can receive a tourist visa upon their arrival in the Maldives. Anyone to the Maldives as a tourist does not require pre-approval for the visa. However, the person must meet the basic entry requirements to get immigration clearance upon their arrival.

7. Maldives has no cuisine

The delicious cuisine of the Maldives is referred to as Maldivian cuisine or Dhivehi Cuisine. The traditional cuisine of the country is based on three main items and their derivatives; coconuts, fish and starches.

8. There are only resorts in the Maldives

If you think the Maldives only boasts luxury resorts, you’re wrong. The island archipelago features stylish guesthouses on local islands which are a cheaper alternative to experiencing the sunny side of life.

9. Maldives doesn’t have its own culture

The Maldivian culture is heavily influenced by neighbouring countries. However, the unique culture includes the country’s very own language and the popular tradition of Bodu Beru. In addition to that, you can find traditional Maldivian crafts like wooden lacquerware and handcrafted boats.

10. All islands in the Maldives look the same

We’ll keep this one simple; no, every island in the Maldives does not look the same.

11. Maldivians live in luxury villas

Quite often people think that Maldivians live in either luxury overwater villas or straw huts. In truth, they live in normal houses (in local islands) and a large population of the country live in the densely populated capital of the Maldives, Malé. The capital of the Maldives is known for its colourful buildings and the popular fish market.

Did you discover any new facts about the Maldives today or clear any doubts you had? Remember the Maldives isn’t only for the rich and things to do at this island haven never runs out. So, start planning your getaway to the trendy holiday destination!

Feature image by Kanuhura Maldives
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Japan: The Latest Hotspot for Digital Nomads!

Japan just announced that the country is going to launch a digital nomad visa, here is all you need to know about it!

What is a digital nomad visa? If you have a remote job and dream of working in different countries, a digital nomad visa is your gateway to travel and freedom. A digital nomad visa acts as a temporary residency permit, which allows you to work remotely in any destination that provides this type of visa. Although digital nomad visas come with a specific period it is perfect for nomads looking for new work-travel locations. The most recent country to hop in on the trend of the digital nomad visa is Japan.

Over the past year, Japan has garnered popularity among travellers across the globe. Since the pandemic, more travellers have started exploring the beautiful cities of Asia, and many ended up falling in love with Japan. The country became so popular that it was even voted the best country in the world in the 2023 Reader’s Choice Award. Japan is popular not only for its beautiful landscapes. The country has a fascinating history, rich culture and some of the most well-loved cuisines. With this, Japan has always been a popular destination for digital nomads looking to work remotely in the beautiful country.

6-month Digital Nomad Visa

Until now, digital nomads were allowed to live and work in Japan for 90 days. The latest update might just allow you to explore the country a bit more. Early into February Japan Times made an exciting announcement. According to the newspaper, the Japan Immigration Services Agency (ISA) has plans to launch a six-month digital nomad visa! This exciting change is set to take place in late March.

This six-month digital nomad visa will be open to remote workers making around $66,760 per year. As of now, the digital nomad visa to Japan is set to be open for citizens from one of 49 countries and territories. Additionally, self-employed digital nomads are also open to applying for this visa if they have private health insurance.

Digital Nomad Visa Countries in Europe

Those who find the digital nomad visa requirements in Japan a bit steep can look into several other destinations that offer the same type of visa. When it comes to Europe, there are quite a few beautiful destinations that offer the digital nomad visa. One of the best is Georgia. While the exact term is not digital nomad visa, the country allows remote workers to stay proving you make $2000 a month.

Some other destinations include :

While these are some of the top destinations, there are around 58 different countries in total! If you’re looking for the best Asian countries for something similar to a digital nomad visa, you can explore destinations such as the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia.

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