If you ever find yourself in Singapore, don't miss out on one of it's most popular attractions: Universal Studios Singapore. It's right in the heart of Sentosa so it would be best to make a day of it. USSg is much like its American counterpart, the only difference is that it's a lot smaller (or so I've heard).
My family and I aren't really big on trips. This year, we went on our first overseas trip to Singapore together. All four of us. It was kind of a big deal because all though we've been to places on our own (Dad all over Europe, Asia, and Australia in the 90s for business; Mom, for overseas shopping trips with my aunts; and me, for conferences with my college friends), we haven't really gone anywhere as a family. But as my dad closes in on retirement age (he's already there but we don't tell him that too often haha), he's finding it more and more enjoyable to just let loose for a few days and forget everything work-related. As long as I get my travel fix, who am I to complain, right? ;)
By the way, my dad is not much of a smiler so don't be surprised if he doesn't look like he's enjoying even though he is haha
Coming from a country whose public transportation system in nightmarish in its entirety, I’ve always felt daunted about travelling to places with such complicated commutes.
Ironically, the Philippines has only three major modes of public transportation:
It's no wonder why I usually hate commuting. I loathe it. I’d rather stay home and re-watch another season of whichever sitcom I’ve stumbled upon on Tumblr, than go out into the world and become a productive member of society by taking public transportation. Seems, petty of me, I know.
So, what’s my point with all of these rants? The most important thing you have to realize when travelling is that there is more than one way of getting to your destination. The challenge is to determine how you want to spend your journey getting there.
Take the scenic route
As a tourist, everything boils down to one thing: quality vs. quantity. For some, exploring a new and exciting place is not about the number of tourist spots you see but how you see it. Taking the scenic route means travelling at what is usually a VERY leisurely pace to give the traveller enough time to take the sights in. You get to take a lot of pictures, read up on some of the history about the sights, smells, and sounds of the place from informative placards or the locals. The downside to this approach is that this often takes up a lot of your travel time and sometimes even makes a huge dent on your budget. When I went to Singapore for the first time with my family, I knew the sights along the Singapore River were not to be missed. We took the scenic route by going on the Singapore River Cruise. It cost us a pretty penny when taking the train or the bus included in tourist passes would’ve let us go on unlimited rides.
Be a smart traveller
Being a smart traveller means knowing how to get to your destination through, at the very least, TWO ways. If it isn’t obvious enough, I am a TYPE A kind of person so what you’re about to ready next may not be surprising at all. Whenever I travel to a new city, I make it a point to familiarize myself with the local transportation. Trust me, taking a cab every time does not only hurt your wallet but I think it also limits the whole experience. Okay, so yeah, back to what I was saying… I make it a point to know the ins and outs of commuting around the place. I study the train systems, the bus routes, or heck, even the time tables. It’s a bit toxic, I know, but once you’re finally out there you’ll be thankful that you know what you’re doing rather then become the textbook tourist asking questions from everyone about how to get to everywhere. Plus, it’ll save you a whole lot of stress and frustration when you know how to get to where you wanna go. For the cherry on top of the Type A sundae, you might also want to plot in advance the routes you’ll be taking for each destination. You should also take advantage of promos and special discount passes. It’s all just a google search away!
Other helpful tips:
Commuting can be such a hassle at times but it’s truly a wonderful way to really experience a new place, to take in all the local sights, sounds, and smells. Know how to use the transportation efficiently and your trip will surely be a breeze!
What about you? What are YOUR transportation do's and don't's? Sound off in the comments!
Hi! I'm Gee, your run-of-the-mill twenty-something trying to rediscover the joys of writing and blogging.