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How To Travel Maldives Solo

Maldives ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป is definitely the place to be-solo!

Here’s how to go solo in Maldives ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป :-

1. Hotel

There are a lot of hotels you can choose from. Spend some time browsing to get the best deals. I booked a room in a private resort inititally (which would have cost me a bomb!) but landed a deal 48 hours before my departure.

Kaani Grand Seaview in Maafushi offers rooms with a balcony and the bed is soo fluffy! Slept so much while I was here ๐Ÿ˜Š

When I was bored sleeping, I would then laze on the beach. There’s a no-bikini restriction on the island but the hotel and beachfront of the hotel is an exception.

2. Snorkeling excursion

As soon as you check in, you can start planning your daze in Maldives ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป

The hotel will list down some recommendations couples usually go for ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„ but you’re solo so you get double the fun.

The water’s sooo blueeeeee

So I decided on the full day snorkeling excursion in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The sea ๐ŸŒŠ is sooo blueee.

Was on the boat most of the time as I got seasick and the drug store ran out of seasick pills ๐Ÿคข

And then we saw dolphins ๐Ÿฌ ๐Ÿฌ ๐Ÿฌ ๐Ÿฌ

Taken by this super nice couple ๐Ÿ‘ซ from Taiwan ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ

After two hours of snorkeling (which I did for ten mins), we landed on this pretty unnamed island ๐Ÿ for lunch ๐Ÿฅ˜

Lunch was sooo good, it was Maldivian sweet and sour-ish chicken (which tastes like Ayam Masak Merah) with cucumber salad served with rice. Didnt get to take food photos as my tummy worked faster than my Huawei 20Pro ๐Ÿ˜‹

Here’s a video of me gasping for air in the Indian Ocean with my trusted GoPro Hero 5 ๐Ÿ›ฅ๏ธ

And I passed out after an aspirin on the boat.

Maldives is one of the prettiest islands I’ve been to and the whole country is 1192 islands surrounded by beautiful beaches. I will definitely come again but only after I’ve done other Asian countries in my bucket lost list. โœ”๏ธ

If you’ve been wanting to go on a solo trip but you are clueless on what to do, how to do it, message me here and I will try my very best to help.

I’m also on Instagram @zalyazid

Go Solo like Han Solo!

My kinda date, Hakodate

Flew in to Japan on a redeye flight and slept. Woke up seven hours later and still sleepy. Four hours on the train from New Chitose Airport via the Hokkaido Rail and got off on the wrong station๐Ÿš‰ ๐Ÿ˜ด

Here’s 1/3 view from the train ride.

Looking forward to fresh seafood and tempura ๐Ÿค

Things to do in 2011/2012

Did some early spring cleaning today and found my travel journal from 2011.

I’ve been to 4/5. Challenge accepted travel journal of 2011, maybe Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น is not a bad idea after all. All I need is a trust fund and maybe a bank while we’re at it.

There were some notes I scribbled from the India trip. Emails from a group of boys; one of them took maybe a bit of a liking for me and followed me and the girls everywhere๐Ÿ™„ (He’s now married to a nice Indian Jaipurean chick so all good ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Some notes from Old Goa:

We went to Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Basilica of Bom Jesus ( God bless his Soul).

Maybe I should write a proper post of India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ 2011.

Dirt from all the travels

Seasonal

โ€œNot everything is supposed to become something beautiful and long-lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while, or to just be someone you walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what theyโ€™ve given us.โ€

Best of 2017

Not entirely a bad year so here’s one of my best videos of 2017.

 

I’ve always wanted to stand up paddle-board. I read that Stand Up paddling is the most chilled out sport of all board sports. Boy, were they wrong! Nothing chilled about this sport.

The board looks light but it’s actually heavy and I struggled to carry it into the water.

..but I did eventually. (As you can see in the muted video cos I sound very annoying when i’m panicky๐Ÿคฎ)

I think if I learn how to paddle with the right technique, I might get the hang of it. So here’s my #1 resolution for this year (and in writing)

1. To take up SUP (Stand Up Paddle-boarding)

The writer is not WUI. (writing under-influence) She will make this happen.

Welcoming 2018

2017 has given me so much life lessons; falling into depression (tho not clinically diagnosed), falling out of love/like, failing at friendship and so on but then again it’s just another year, and I am grateful and blessed because I am still alive and breathing after all of the bullshit that the year brought me.

There were days when I dealt with hangovers. With headaches. With post-surgery trauma. With unanswered texts and canceled plans. With broken hearts.

But you know what they say,

“What doesn’t hurt you only makes you stronger.”

 

And you will continue to grow.

Going into 2018, I know what kind of toxic people I should keep far away from. I’ve learned so much about myself; what I like and don’t like, who I’d spend my time with, what I want in life and how bad I want abs. (I mean abs are good but dayumn, donuts ๐Ÿฉ).

I’ve also realised if I don’t take a major leap next year, I’d die of the ‘stagnant syndrome’.

So here’s to 2018.

Hope you have a safe New Year’s Eve celebration and if you’re drinking tonight, Uber home.

Start 2018 with a bang ๐Ÿ’ฅ