Travelling to the Maldives, was my Everest, in terms of destinations. Over the last 18 or so years, I had always tried to look for a justifiable angle to cough up the obscene amount of money required. Fast-forward a few years, and three children later, visiting a Maldivian island felt even further from reach than ever before.

That all changed one day, I was looking at an atlas looking at locations we should visit during our open-ended journey around Asia. I saw Maldives and after a few google searches like “Maldives on a budget” I discovered that the previously inaccessible ‘inhabited islands’ were now open for business. I realised very quickly that you can now experience the Maldives on a shoestring. I knew our budget and found an inn that would suit. It was an amazing sounding deal of $25 each per day all inclusive. Amazing! So, was it cheap and as great as it sounded? Yes, the answer is a resounding yes!