As a famous traveler said, "I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side".
So stop worrying about splashing too much cash and for once let the world be on your side.
Here's how you can stitch the hole to the pocket full of dollars jingling.
There's something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets, cherishing the hidden stories while walking but wait! An amble walk to each and every destination won't do good and travelling through private transportation won't be cheap.
However, MRT is a modern marvel. It will take you pretty much everywhere you wish to go in Singapore but paying for each train and bus journey will quickly add up the expenses. Cut out the expenses by grabbing the reloadable EZ-Link Card at any train station or 7-Eleven. Having an EZ Link card will also save you a lot of time waiting in queues for tickets at MRT stations.
The EZ Link card can be used on the LRT and MRT trains, and though it is not refundable, it is quite cheap.
2. Hunger's Stuff:
Just like the blend of cultures, the food in Singapore is diverse with a world-class cuisine and you don't need to spend fortune to have an authentic taste of various dishes.
Instead of widening eyes with high class restaurants, let hawker stalls tempt you with Indian, Malay, Chinese, Thai or Japanese cuisine.
Don't miss out to try the local specialities like Chicken Rice, Chilli Crab, Roti Prata(fried flatbread cooked over a grill), Satay (seasoned, grilled meats served on skewers with a peanut dipping sauce), Laksa (spicy rice noodle soup) and Rojak (fruit and vegetable salad mixed together with a sweet sauce).
Tip: As tap water is safe to drink, using a refill bottle will help you cut your cost on water.
Cracking out an affordable place to stay in beauty of Singapore could have been a worry but as they say, "Singapore has something for everyone", so with its premium restaurants, it also provides numerous options for shoe-string budget. You can go from hostels to comfy capsule hotels with free wifi and complementary breakfasts at low budget.
Families or travelers can even prefer 'Little India' or 'China Town' for the cheapest accomodation options. Comfortable, cost-savvy and central to everything would be the best choice.
Not all things come for free, but most of the beautiful things do come!
Explore the excellent green matrix parks and skyline views with natural beauty at Sentosa Island's beaches, absolutely free of cost. Merlion Park, Gardens by the Bay, Chinatown, Little India, Labrador Nature Park (a WWII memorial), Singapore Botanic Gardens, hiking trails at Southern Ridges, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, and the East Coast Park are the other must seen attractions.
Ofcourse you can wander around neighborhoods and popular tourist spots for free. Check out Arab Street, Haji Lane, Joo Chiat and other popular spots! Afterwards, you can learn about Chinese culture at Haw Par Villa.
Art lovers can check out art displays, public performances, and street performers along the riverfront, esplanade, and city center. Although, the entrance to museums is expensive, some museums also offer free admission into some of their special exhibitions. Look out for the offers!
5. Vibrant Nightlife:
Partying in Asian-Las Vegas has to be expensive but Happy Hours can be your savior!
Party animals can head out to 'Clarke Quay' for chilling and having fun. Clarke Quay with loads of bars and clubs, offers happy hour deals late at night.
Some economic options for chill out are New Asia Bar, Brewerkz, Orgo and Wala Wala Cafe & Bar. Ladies can take advantage of Wednesday ladies' night for exciting deals and free offers.
Add up the lights to the night by the light shows at Gardens By Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa.
Travelling is complete when you hold a lot of memories with a little more of shopping stuffs. Though shopping can be expensive but at the right place, you can save a lot.
Explore Chinatown Street Market, Bugis Market, So Galem Market and Little Indian arcade to pick the best of stuff at most reasonable prices. From trendy dresses, handbags, accessories, footwear and unique souvenirs; you get everything in these local markets of Singapore.
Just don't forget to bargain!
7. Free Wifi:
Surfing internet without data is not a topic to worry about in Singapore.
[email protected] is Singapore's free public wifi services that can be availed in most malls, cafes, libraries and stations. Though in some large, sprawling spaces, the wifi signal may be weak. You can still use it to connect to social networking sites. International phone calls can stress out the budget, thus using Facebook Messenger, Viber for international calls will do you great.
With this tips, you are all set to travel across the smallest yet the most expensive place in Asia!
Get ready to enjoy the luxuries of Singapore in an handful of cash!