It’s been about six months since I came back to the United States from Korea. Saying that the wanderlust bug is back would be an understatement. The 15 months that I spent in Asia were thrilling, frightening, exhausting, delicious, and overall, amazing. I can’t wait to go back.
Now that I’ve had some time to reflect, I’ve also been able to take a look at the typical backpackers map of south and northeast Asia and make an educated decision on where I’d like to go when I get the chance to visit again. At the top of my list? Singapore.
Traveling alone was one of my biggest fears. I tried to enlist friends, family members, and even my then-boyfriend with a recently healed broken ankle to backpack with me. At the end of the day, I was left standing on my own. I had to make a decision: head home early or tough it out. Now I can affirm that traveling alone is one of my favorite ways to see the world. Here are three reasons I think Singapore is the perfect destination for solo female travelers.
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Reason #1: Everything is Easily Accessible
There’s so much to do and see in Singapore, and we’ll get to that in a minute. However, the best part of this bustling metropolis is that it’s so easy to move from one attraction to the next. No matter what hotel you choose, you’ll be golden. From the research I’ve done, I think the best neighborhoods are Little India or Bras Basah Road.
I’ll try to book my hotel through a site like InterContinental Hotels Group to find a Singapore hotel by postal code or neighborhood. I’ve been staying at InterContinental hotels my entire life, and I think I’m ready for an upgrade from shared rooms at hostels. It’s time!
Reason #2: Singapore is Clean and Safe
Growing up, my best friend moved to Malaysia. I didn’t get a chance to visit her in our teen years (although I’m determined for her to give me the grand tour!). She’d always tell me about her trips to Singapore and the Philippines, making me very jealous. Of all the places she visited, Singapore always stood out to me. My parents always worried about safety, but even as a young adult, she’d always express to me how safe she felt shopping during the day, visiting attractions, and even walking around with friends at night.
Reason #3: A Different Asian Cultural Experience
Every country in the world is different and special in its own way. Even adjoining countries like the United States and Canada have their differences. Singapore, though, feels like it might be quite the anomaly in southeast Asia; comparable to cities like Kuala Lumpur or Tokyo, yet a city-state all its own. I picture a hybrid city with an immense amount of structure and excitement. Specifically, I’m fascinated by the fact that there are four official languages, the buzz around hawker centers, and beautiful Gardens by the Bay.
Who knows what I’ll find, but I’ll let you know how it goes!
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