Why You Will Never See A Trip Report To The Maldives From Me
Here I go again. Another rant style post dissing something that I have never experienced, just like my cruise post. I guess I just don’t learn 😉. Before I get started you should know this isn’t about the Maldives so much. The place looks amazing and it is up there in terms of worthy destinations for sure. It is more about what the Maldives stand for and why it is really so high on everyone’s list.
What The Maldives Stand For?
Don’t get all worked up, this isn’t a political post. I have no idea what the Maldives stand for in that sense. What I mean is that I believe the Maldives are popular because a sickness our current culture has. The sickness I am talking about is social media.
Why do people really go to the Maldives? Do they go because it is beautiful and serene? Sure. But do they also go because it is expensive, exclusive and Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter post worthy? You better believe it! Did most people know what the Maldives were before reading miles and points blogs or seeing celebrities posting pics on IG? Probably not.
Miles and points have allowed me to see things that I would have never been able to without them. I am extremely thankful for that. It has allowed me to travel outside my weight class so to speak. Maybe 3 or 4 weight classes up in reality. Nothing epitomizes that more than the Maldives to me though. The resorts used to be exclusively for the rich and famous and now they are open to people even like me.
But Why Go There?
Why do the Maldives get blogged about so much and why are there so many IG posts and YouTube videos made about it? Because it sells an image. It says you can rub elbows where the rich and famous do and it allows bloggers to boast insane redemption values. Those redemptions sell an image that say you can do this too! Get this card and you can travel and party like the rich.
The problem is that even with miles and points it is pretty difficult to pull off. You have to fly around the world with multiple stops along the way. Even after around 24 hours of travel you need to take a boat or plane to your specific resort which costs several hundred dollars per person. Then once you get to the resort you are essentially stuck there and the restaurants are not exactly budget friendly. You can use hotel status to try to curb that some. At the end of the day you are still talking about thousands of dollars on top of hundreds of thousands points and miles.
So why go through all that when comparable, although maybe lessor versions are out there? Options like Mo’orea that is much closer, easier to access from the airport, and has an island you can explore. Because it is more brag/post/hash tag worthy.
I know I am generalizing things and that there are many people that go there that don’t care about any of that. But I bet they were first turned on to it from a blog post or Instagram picture etc. I remember when I was growing up that Hawaii was “the brag spot” but that is like going to Florida for people like us. And you know us miles and points peeps love to compare passports and redemptions. The Maldives may be the ultimate trump card in our circles.
But have we built up a bubble around the Maldives and put it on a pedestal that it doesn’t deserve in the process?
I don’t think people that go to the Maldives or dream of going are bad people or they all wanna go there for shallow reasons. It looks amazing and I hope if/when you do go it is everything you hope for. And if you are already in the area visiting India or Asia etc. then the travel isn’t all that terrible either.
This is more about what the Maldives represent. This sickness that social media has created. Our desire to rack up likes, retweets, and shares. We seem to make decisions based on what will play well on social media and we derive some self worth from it. I am just as guilty of this at times too. That is a dangerous place to be and I feel like nothing represents that more than the Maldives.
So the question I place to you the reader is are you going there because you are interested in the culture, the beauty, the food etc. Or are you desiring the exclusivity that it represents? I think you can find a ton of beautiful places to unplug and relax and you fly right over most of them on the way to the Maldives.
I am truly curious to hear from people that have been there and been to other similar options. Is it worth the extra effort? Does it live up to the hype? Or is it just another form of “vendoming“?
Be sure to check out my second post on this topic which does a better job explaining the aura phenomenon I was discussing here.