Like a bedazzled crown of the Indian Ocean, an incredible 1 200 islands sparkle in the warm waters off the coast of Sri Lanka. Of them all, only 200 islands are inhabited by local Maldivians and nearly 100 islands have been developed as tourist resorts, the remaining are entirely uninhabited.
With the constraints of school holidays and taking time off work, world travellers are forced to flock to international hotspots all at once. But if you can plan your annual travel to hit popular destinations in their low or shoulder seasons, it can feel like winning the golden ticket to the chocolate factory!
That old adage ‘the world is your oyster’ has never rung more true. Flights link once remotedestinations, luxury trains add opulence and romance to cross-country routes, and indulgent cruises have become as popular and easy to plan as that annual road trip, especially for those who travel on an unlimited budget.