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When to go: Year-round
The cost: $3,599, 7 days
Why go: Escapism doesn’t get more natural than on these exotic green islands
surrounded by beautiful turquoise waters. The Maldives have a long and
interesting story as they lie along a popular trading route in the Indian Ocean
that’s as old as recorded history. This constant flow of varied cultures has
resulted in a people that are as different as the islands they populate, carrying
genes of Asians, Africans and Arabians. This cultural blending makes for very
interesting local arts, cuisine and traditions. Though the modern focus is on
tourism, Maldivians work hard to uphold their time-honored individuality, beliefs
and even some intriguing superstitions.