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Taking a trip to Singapore? Here are a couple of things you should remember

If there are only a few travel destinations in the world people would love to go to, Southeast Asia is definitely going to be one of them. I mean, why not? Southeast Asia is home to many amazing countries – all sharing a love for culture, tradition, and cuisine. And it just so happens that these things are exactly what people are looking for when they’re travelling overseas.

One popular Southeast Asia tourist destination is Singapore (see why). It’s a small country, yes, but one that roars. It’s even home to the symbolic and magnificent Lion Statue – a befitting icon for the country’s thriving economy. 

With Singapore being a world-renowned tourist spot and all, it wouldn’t surprise me if you said that visiting this lovely country is in your bucket list too. At the very least, it is in mine and boy am I glad to have it crossed out recently.

Yes! I’ve been to this marvelous country and I can only say one thing for sure: I’m definitely coming back to see it again – if not in a few years, then someday surely.

But being a first-time traveler in Singapore, I ran through a whole lot of trouble – much more than you can imagine! I thought it was all going to be a breeze too (me having gone to a lot of places in the past) but it turns out that the whole trip was more challenging than it seemed. I’ve had a few runs with some serious mishaps which I think you’ll have trouble with as well if you don’t heed my advice.

From one traveler to another, this is my way of paying back. We’re all friends here and it’s a small world. If I can help you out (even if it’s just the tiniest bit), I sure would. I’m hoping that by doing this, someone would pass on the same kindness to me when I need it.

Anyway, here are all the things I had to learn the hard way in Singapore. Care to check them out?

Travel Light

I believe this is not the first time you’ll be hearing this but if you really want to enjoy your trip to Singapore (or any other country for that matter), do not bring your entire house. I know you’re just preparing for all kinds of situations. However, a lot of luggage can really immobilize you during a trip. First off, more baggage means more weight, so you’ll be too heavy to walk around. Secondly, you have more to watch. In fact, you might get so preoccupied with guarding your stuff that you can’t live in the moment anymore. Travel light; enjoy the trip better. Leave the things you can buy in nearby shops and convenience stores. Also, you might want to limit your spare clothes. Check out more tips here:

Bring A Mini Dictionary

One of the biggest challenges that come with travelling is the language barrier. Although English is considered to be a universal language, that doesn’t mean it is spoken by people from all walks of life. But despite this “barrier,” there are still ways to communicate. As they say: If there’s a will, there’s a way!You can start by bringing a handy dictionary for conversations. Please remember that you are the one visiting so the people in Singapore are not obligated to learn English just for you. You have to be the one to take the initiative and try to speak their tongue. That’s the whole point of travelling.

Save money by doing what the romans do (or in this case, what Singaporeans do)

Next, if you really want to make the most out of your travel money, learn to live humbly. Singapore is not a cheap place to visit. Some restaurant items will cost you an equivalent of three meals in your home country. However, that doesn’t mean Singapore is expensive either. There are a lot of cheap eats if you know where to look. How do you think middle class locals get by? As the famous saying goes, “When in Rome, do what the Romans do.” Try to live in the locals’ shoes. Try their everyday cuisine. Enjoy the street-food. You’ll enjoy far better. 

Get travel insurance

I don’t need to tell you this anymore but for the sake of reiteration, I will. YOU NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE. Some of your friends may convince you not to because they didn’t get any kind of insurance and they were fine the whole trip. Well, guess what? They were lucky. Accidents happen everywhere and you don’t know when and where your luck will run out. So, I say, best be prepared. What might not have happened to your friend may happen to you. On that note, why not try getting overseas medical coverage to ensure your safety.

Always be polite

You are not in kindergarten so this is something I shouldn’t be reminding you about. Please be polite. Wherever you may be in the world, always show respect. You may not agree with certain things or some traditions may feel a little off or different from what you practice but remember that you’re a visitor in this country. What they do is their business and not yours. Show respect at all times – especially when you know little to nothing about their culture.


By Shane Haumpton

Shane Haumpton is a contributing writer for several websites and blogs. She has written on a variety of topics, ranging from lifestyle, photography, travel, and arts and crafts to gadgets, social media, and internet safety. This self-confessed coffee addict and shutterbug manages to do all these while enjoying life as a first time mother.

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