Singapore - the place where you can fulfill your travel dreams, from shopping to eating to exploring to experiencing. The gorgeous country is one of the best holiday destinations in the world and rightly so. There is something for everyone to indulge in and enjoy.
Whether it is luxury you seek or find joy in the small and pocket-friendly experiences, you can find it all in Singapore. Speaking of pocket-friendly experiences, there is much that you can do in Singapore while adhering to a strict budget.
If you plan correctly and make smart decisions, you can have a fulfilling and memorable holiday in Singapore and that too without burning a hole in your wallet or a dent in your bank account.
How to Travel on a Budget
1. Use Public Transportation
Travelling by public transport satisfies two goals - you save money, and at the same time, you get to soak in the city's local culture and authentic vibe. Whether it is the train or the bus, all parts of Singapore are well-connected with one another, making it easy and convenient for anybody to travel. Whether you want to explore the less-frequented regions or travel from one end of the country to the other, public transportation is the way to go. Make sure to book your train ticket or bus ticket online and well in advance so that you don't have to physically approach a ticket counter to make a booking for every stop. You can also buy an EZ-Link Card and save a lot of time by avoiding waiting in queues at MRT stations.
2. Explore Street Food
Ditch the restaurants and go for street food instead. While Singapore may be pictured as a modern and concrete giant, its real and raw beauty lies in its humble food and culture. Indian, Malaysia, Chinese and Indonesian play their roles in influencing Singapore's dishes, creating a complexity of flavours that are best captured in essence by the street vendors and hawkers. Places such as Chinatown, Little India, Bugis Street, and Arab Street are some places that come to mind when enjoying delicious Singaporean food. Such food is easy on the pockets, worth the price, and so delicious!
3. Hostels Over Hotels
Another great way to save yourself unnecessary expenses and stay within your budget is by opting to stay in hostels rather than hotels. Contrary to popular belief, hostels are safe and clean. Given the rise in young travellers and those who are always searching for affordable accommodations, hostels are upgrading themselves to provide a comfortable stay while ensuring there isn't a hike in the costs of staying in such places. Look for hostels that are close to marketplaces or tourist attractions to not have to spend too much time on travel. The next time you are in Singapore, a hostel should take care of your accommodation needs!
4. Plan Your Bookings
Plan your bookings in such a way that you get the best deals on flights, accommodation bookings and even transportation such as a bus ticket or train ticket. By well in advance, we mean months before your travel dates so that everything is affordable. Singapore is a place where you can visit any time of the year and have many activities to enjoy and places to visit. The off-seasons is when everything is priced lower, and you can get bookings more efficiently. What's more, if you book your flight, accommodations and everything else well in advance, you can even avail early bird deals.
5. Enjoy Bargain Shopping
A trip to Singapore and you shop to your heart's content? Not possible! Many consider Singapore to be an expensive country, but when you play your cards right, your trip can work out well within your budget. There are some incredible places such as Editor's Market, Bugis Street, Orchard Road and more that are considered a budget shopper's paradise. From clothes and accessories to spices and local fruits to home decor and souvenirs, you can shop for whatever you want (and some more) without exceeding a penny over your budget. But while street shopping is the way to go, you need to know how to bargain and haggle with these street vendors and hawkers so that you can get the best deals at affordable prices.
So travel to the 'Lion City' without any stress and only look forward to fun experiences and memories that will stay with you forever - while on a budget!