The Republic of Maldives, is a collection of 1,200 small coral islands in the north-central Indian Ocean, with only 200 of them being inhabited. Famous for luxury bungalows on stilts over stunning clear water, no natural point is higher than 1.8 meters, and there’s a population of less than 600,000. The country stretches 820 km from north to south, and more than and 130 km from east to west, covering a large swath of ocean. Put on a tropical shirt and let’s discover the Maldives with travel writer Tom Masters.
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Guest Intro – Tom Masters
Originally from London, journalist, travel writer, and worldly gentleman Tom Masters has covered the world and then some. Based out of Berlin for more than a decade, he specialises in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and Latin America. He’s also interested in human rights, ecotourism, ethical travel, and languages, of which he speaks five: Russian, German, French and Spanish and English. He’s written books for Lonely Planet, covering countries from Turkmenistan to Cuba, worked as a documentary producer for the BBC, Discovery and joins us online from Berlin.
Listen to Episode 140: The Maldives with Tom Masters to hear Tom answer the following questions:
- So how did you get into travel writing?
- Is it Mal-deeves or mal-dives?
- What first brought you to Maldives and what was that experience like?
- Give us an overview of the country and atmosphere.
- What are the people like?
- What’s Maldivian food like?
- What are the top natural attractions?
- It seems like a place where reality might not live up to expectations?
- What will it deliver that people have in their minds?
- What will visitors be surprised by?
- Is it still possible to enjoy watersports without staying in a resort?
- How long does one need for a trip and give us Tom’s dream trip based on that length of time.
- Is there a best time to go? Or is it paradise year round? Is there a surf season or a Manoa day season, etc?
- Your website is called Ambiguations. Very interesting title. Why that?
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