Singapore is the most expensive city in the world to live in (Forbes), and it’s not cheap for travellers either. Therefore, to enjoy its many wonders to the fullest, you need to build up a good cash pool for your trip. The good news is that your budget doesn’t have to be too big if you save your money wisely during a Singapore holiday.
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Top 5 Clever Ways to Save Money on a Trip to Singapore
Stay with friends (or use Couchsurfing to make new ones)
The most effective way to save a lot of money is to cut the cost of accommodations. The best way to do this is staying with friends. Even if you do end up paying for the board in this situation, the cost is sure to be much lower than a hotel.
But what do you do if you don’t have friends who are willing to let you crash on their couch in Singapore?
You use Couchsurfing and other similar services to meet new people and, hopefully, build a good relationship with them. Making new friends is one of the most important goals of solo travel as this makes such trips both more enjoyable and safe. If you feel you are too shy to strike up an acquaintance with strangers during the trip, Couchsurfing will be a great solution. It allows you to get to know your hosts beforehand. Therefore, you get a chance to have friends by the time you arrive in the country.
Find a cheap way to transfer money to Singapore
Singapore has a rather low crime rate, so in theory, it’s safe to arrive in the city with enough cash for your trip. Note that one day’s stay here can cost you anything between $100 and $300, and that’s not counting luxury trips.
However, if you don’t plan to carry a lot of cash with you or if you plan to stay for a while, you can save money by finding the best way to send money to Singapore. In this case, it’s money transfer companies as opposed to credit and debit cards. The reason is that they allow you to forego huge currency conversion fees set by banks and card companies. In case of cards, you also get to save on the fees you’ll have to pay when using ATMs.
Enjoy free concerts at Esplanade
Watching shows at Esplanade is one of the highlights of a Singapore holiday experience. However, the majority of those shows won’t fit within the average tourist’s budget, let alone someone who wants to limit their expenses.
The solution is to look out for free shows and concerts that take place on the smaller outdoor scene. They run all year round, so you’ll have a chance to get some amazing entertainment no matter the season of your visit.
Know your happy hours
A night out in Singapore is never budget-friendly. In fact, you might have to pay up to $20 for a pint of beer on a Friday night. If you want to cut the costs of nighttime entertainment, you’ll need to perform a thorough research of all bars and clubs within your area.
Many of them offer special deals and ‘happy hours’ when you can get drinks with discounts. But to make best use of them, you’ll need to plan your outing meticulously. Be prepared to move on from one place to the next to catch the best deal. However, bear in mind that crowds might interfere with your plans for the night.
Skip the Formula 1 season
If you want to make your trip to Singapore cheaper, you have to avoid the time when the Formula 1 race takes place. This Grand Prix transforms the city for a few weeks with multiple events dedicated to it. They are definitely fun, and you can see some unique stalls that pop up all over the city.
However, during this period, the already high prices climb higher. There will be no cheap accommodation or entertainment during the Formula 1 craze. Even your food costs might go up for no discernible reason.
Now You Know How to Save Money During a Solo Trip to Singapore
Overall, a holiday in Singapore can hardly be cheap. Therefore, you need to use every trick to make this trip as affordable as possible. You can find more budget-friendly travel hacks here. But remember that the most important thing is to plan and book ahead.