It is no secret that Singaporeans are avid travelers abroad every time there is a chance to grab. With the demanding jobs and everyday stress, travelling surely meant to be an enjoyable relaxation that must not be restrained by certain avoidable habits.
In 2015, a total of 9,125,331 Singaporeans have traveled abroad with leisure as the main purpose. According to Skyscanner, a travel search engine, in 2015, most Singaporeans headed to Bangkok, Thailand to get a breather away from the daily bustle of life. Others prefer Bali’s beaches, Hong Kong’s shopping districts, Tokyo’s Disneyland and Seoul’s exciting nightlife. Each year the number outbound departures have been growing constantly, showing the increasing desire of Singaporeans to spend more holidays in other countries with family and loved ones. Earlier in 2016, the intentions to travel have drastically shifted to Japan followed by Australia and South Korea.
And despite the unpredictability of the economy, travelers would rather tighten their belts than give up the choice to go abroad. This resulted to a noticeable decline in the traveler’s expenditures according to the Visa Global Travel Intentions Study in 2015. Saudi Arabia is named as the top spenders in 2015, yet from 2013 till 2015, their expenses declined by 12% and are expected to go down a further 6%. Singapore ranked in 17th place with no change in expenditure from 2013 to 2015. Seemingly unaffected by the increasing cost of living, Singaporeans are expected to increase their spending by 53%.
Base on Visa Affluent Study 2015 survey which has been conducted in 2014, Singapore residents are among the most traveled affluent at 3.1 average trips from November 2013 to November 2014. The total number of trips has even matched the trips of Chinese overseas. An affluent Singaporean has an average age of 37 with a household income of over 150,000 SGD. Four in five Singaporean respondents have traveled with their families and they plan to do more adventure in other countries at 4.7 average trips this year.
During the family vacations, 81% of the Singapore affluent shared that they aim for a special family bonding, yet they tend to binge on various luxuries. The survey also showed that shopping is the most popular reason why Singaporeans chooses to go to other countries such as Hong Kong. Around 37% chooses their destination based on sightseeing, while 29% travel to explore the food in popular restaurants.
Travel Habits that You Need to Avoid
- Trying To Tick Things Off Of A Bucket List
Some people travel for the sake completing a bucket list thinking that they ‘have-to’ do it before they pass away, while others have a list of ‘must-do’ to impress their social circle. Rather than having a list of destinations that you can’t actually afford yet, you can explore less known places and discover hidden beautiful vacation spots. Enjoy what you are seeing rather that pressed by a list.
- Taking too much pictures
Rather than seeing the sceneries through the lens all the time, give yourself some time to actually take in everything with your own eyes. While it is understandable that you want to bring memories in photos, it is better if you actually experience being there and your presence felt by your companions.
- Trying hard to experience culture
Stop trying so hard to be like a local. You don’t have to dress and talk like them to experience and learn more of their culture. There is no need to be in cultural tour for days, go to a local bar and chat with the locals, experience their warm friendship, and if you don’t know the language, you can use the universal body gestures.
- Living up to expectations
If you have expectations, expect disappointments coming its way. Embrace the experience as it is.
- Partying too much
You won’t enjoy the place you have travelled and payed for if you have a terrible hang over.
- Forcing yourself to enjoy something you don’t really like
If you go to France just to see the famous Louvre and the other museums yet you saw a café where you would love to spend the afternoon sipping coffee and taking in the view from that perspective, then do what will make your heart contented. Do not do something you don’t enjoy just because it is famous in that country. Your time is very limited. Remember that a vacation has to make you fill relaxed not taxed.
- Worrying on getting lost
Getting lost abroad is terrifying because of the thought that you may end up in a bad neighborhood or get stranded away from the comforts of your hotel, yet this same fear will locked you in places too generic for tourists. If you want to enjoy the place as it is and meet the locals wander.
- Sacrificing for your travelling companion
Whether you are travelling with your longtime boyfriend or best friend, and you want to go to different places, there is no need to sacrifice. You can split up and then contact each other later or arrange where to meet up.
- Refraining from looking stupid
It is fine to look stupid in a place you are not familiar with. You might only be in that place once in your life, travel the most comfortable way you can. Do not let this worry stand on your from learning culture, languages and traditions. It is common for foreigners to look silly for locals.
- Thinking about work
Let out the steam, do what you want at the pace you need. Your work will be waiting in Singapore, but your vacation will only be for a few days so make the most out of it.
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