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This solo travel guide to Singapore will help you navigate the city flawlessly (and save you from epic fails).

This solo travel guide to Singapore will help you navigate the city flawlessly (and save you from epic fails).

Let me tell you a story about my European friend’s first solo trip here in our country ten years ago. It started with a bang. Literally!

A misplaced selfie attempt resulted in her accidentally head-butting the Merlion statue.

The adventure continued when she hopped on the MRT.

Fast forward 20 stops, she found herself staring at the departure boards of Changi Airport instead of the bustling streets of Chinatown. This was a total head-scratch moment!

Imagining her epic fails makes me LOL. (Okay, I actually felt bad)

I wish I’d known her sooner so I could have been her personal tour guide. But hey, that’s what solo travel is all about – embracing the unexpected detours and hilarious mishaps.

Lucky you, I’ve created this complete guide packed with everything you need to know to help you navigate Singapore like a pro.

What is the best time to travel to Singapore?

The best time to travel to Singapore is during its dry season, which usually falls between February and April when you can expect sunny skies, balmy temperatures, and minimal rainfall.

This also makes it the ideal time to explore the city’s outdoor attractions.

With fewer rainy days, you’ll have more opportunities to soak up the sights and sounds of this vibrant city-state without any weather-related interruptions. 

Things to Know Before Visiting Singapore

You don’t need a visa for your Singapore trip! The country offers many travelers visa-free entry for 90 days.

However, travelers from certain countries may need to apply for a visa in advance. You may check the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website to determine if you require a visa.

Before you travel to the Lion City, make sure you have the following:

  • Passport with six months validity
  • Filled out SG Arrival Card
  • A return ticket

A quick check will ensure smooth sailing for your solo escapade in the city-state!

Singapore is safe for solo female travelers. According to a study by Forbes, Lion City is one of the safest countries in Asia, with 92% of women travelers feeling safe when walking alone at night.

Additionally, the country’s well-lit streets, efficient public transportation, and many police officers on road patrol ensure a comfortable and secure experience.

Locals in Singapore speak English fluently. In fact, the country ranked second in the annual rankings of English skills conducted by EF Education First (EF) in 2023.

You can exchange your money at currency exchange counters in Changi Airport or banks and licensed money changers throughout the city.

Credit cards are widely accepted, so you can use them for most transactions.

For a 3-day, 2-night stay in Singapore, you’re looking at an average budget of around S$200 – S$300 per day.

This should cover your accommodation, ranging from S$50 – S$150 per night.

As for food, you can expect to spend around S$20 – S$50 per day.

Note that this does not cover attractions and souvenir fees, so you must add an extra budget depending on your interests.

You can get a prepaid SIM card at Changi Airport once you land. Telco booths like Singtel, StarHub, and M1 are usually located near the arrival halls.

To get to Changi Airport via MRT, you’ll want to head to Tanah Merah MRT station if you’re coming from the city center. From there, transfer to the Changi Airport branch line.

If you’re closer to the Downtown line, head to Expo MRT station and transfer to the East-West line to reach Changi Airport. 

But if you want a hassle-free ride, you can hail a taxi or book a ride-hailing service like Grab.

Some Friendly Reminders When You’re in Singapore

Don't smoke in public spaces.

There’s a pretty strict anti-smoking law in Singapore, so you’ll need to be mindful of where you puff away.

When you feel the urge to light up a cigarette right after you arrive from your flight, wait until you spot a designated place for smoking.

If you’re caught smoking in public, you could be fined up to S$1,000.

Don't chew gum.

If you have a pack of chewing gum tucked away in your suitcase or backpack, my advice? Keep it there until you’re well out of the country!

While it might seem harmless in many parts of the world, chewing gum is banned in Singapore due to the potential mess and nuisance it can cause in public spaces.

If you’re caught chewing gum in public, you’ll be fined a hefty amount of up to S$1,000.

Don't tip a staff.

Service charges are often already included in the bill at restaurants, hotels, and other service establishments in Singapore.

This means that the attendants are already compensated for their service through these charges, so tipping on top of that isn’t expected or necessary. 

Where to Stay in Singapore

Situated in the vibrant Clarke Quay area, this hotel presents a contemporary and stylish retreat with various accommodation options.

For guests seeking heightened service, its club rooms provide access to the hotel’s Executive Lounge, where they can enjoy complimentary breakfast, evening cocktails, and other personalized services.

It also ensures that its solo rooms offer individual travelers a comfortable and stylish experience. Though typically smaller than the suites, they are designed with the same attention to detail and comfort.

You can unwind in the hotel’s inviting swimming pool, stay active in the fully equipped fitness center, or indulge in diverse culinary delights at the on-site restaurants and bars.

With state-of-the-art meeting and event spaces, the Park Regis Singapore Hotel is also well-equipped to host business gatherings or social occasions.

With easy access to public transportation, including the MRT and buses, getting around the city is a breeze.

The best part? Changi Airport is just a short drive away, making this hotel the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers.

Address23 Merchant Rd
Contact Details+65 6818 8888
Operating HoursNo Walk-Ins. For Advanced Booking Only.
Solo Room RateStarting at S$200 (Subject to change based on factors such as availability, seasonality, and additional amenities)

This hotel has comfortable rooms, friendly staff, and all the essential amenities you need for a pleasant stay.

Hotel 81 Sakura may be budget-friendly, but it doesn’t skimp on comfort. Each room has cozy beds, air conditioning to beat the Singapore heat, and clean, modern bathrooms with complimentary toiletries.

Need to stay connected? No problem!

The hotel offers free Wi-Fi access in all rooms, so you can stay in touch with loved ones or catch up on work during your stay. 

Located near the vibrant Geylang district, you’ll also have easy access to delicious local food, colorful markets, and exciting nightlife at your doorstep.

Address181 Joo Chiat Rd
Contact Details(+65) 6247 8181
Operating HoursOpen 24/7 Daily
Solo Room RateStarting at S$80 (Subject to change based on factors such as availability, seasonality, and additional amenities)

This boutique hotel is nestled in the heart of Little India, one of Singapore’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

From the moment you walk through the doors, you’ll be greeted by funky decor, retro vibes, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

The Great Madras is all about making your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible.

Each room is thoughtfully designed with plush bedding, cozy furnishings, and all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay.

If you’re craving a little indulgence, you can pamper yourself with a soak in the clawfoot bathtub or unwind with a movie on the flat-screen TV.

You don’t have to worry about getting around because it’s conveniently located near public transportation hubs, making exploring the rest of the city easy. 

Address25 Trengganu St.
Contact Details6223 2553
Operating HoursNo Walk-Ins. For Advanced Booking Only.
Solo Room RateStarting at S$150 (Subject to change based on factors such as availability, seasonality, and additional amenities)

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From spacious and elegantly furnished rooms to top-notch facilities such as a fitness center, swimming pool, and business center, Park Avenue Changi Hotel has everything you need for a relaxing stay.

Situated just minutes away from Changi Airport, this hotel is perfect for travelers with early morning or late-night flights. 

You’ll be pleased to know that it’s just a short walk from the Expo MRT station, making it easy to access the city’s bustling downtown area.

Address2 Changi Business Park Ave 1
Contact Details+65 6809 7300
Operating HoursNo Walk-Ins. For Advanced Booking Only.
Solo Room RateStarting from S$130 (Subject to change based on factors such as availability, seasonality, and additional amenities)

This airport hotel isn’t just a place to rescue you from the boredom blues caused by delayed flights – it has some luxurious amenities to entertain you and bring comfort.

Need to unwind after a long flight? You may head to the rooftop pool for a refreshing dip.

Thinking about a gourmet meal? You can indulge your taste buds at one of the hotel’s acclaimed restaurants, serving everything from local delicacies to international favorites. 

In the mood for a little retail therapy? You’ll find a dazzling array of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options just steps away from your hotel room.

With 563 stylish rooms and suites, you’ll find the perfect accommodation for your needs. 

The hotel offers various business services, including meeting rooms and a business center, making it ideal for corporate travelers. 

If you want to stay active during your trip, you’ll love its fully equipped fitness center, where you can squeeze in a workout before your next flight.

Address75 Airport Blvd., #01-01
Contact Details1800-1110-2295
Operating HoursNo Walk-Ins. For Advanced Booking Only.
Solo Room RatesStarting from S$250  (Subject to change based on factors such as availability, seasonality, and additional amenities)

This iconic attraction isn’t just a garden; it’s a sprawling oasis where nature and innovation converge to create an unforgettable journey.

Gardens by the Bay presents gorgeous visuals designed to enhance your visit. 

Need a break from the tropical heat? The Flower Dome and Cloud Forest offer a refreshing escape into a world of exotic flora and cool mist.

Address18 Marina Gardens Dr.
Contact Details+65 6420 6848
Operating HoursMonday to Sunday
5:00 am – 2:00 am

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This half-lion, half-fish statue is the iconic symbol representing the city’s humble beginnings as a fishing village and its transformation into the roaring metropolis it is today.

But there’s more to Merlion Park than just its photogenic mascot.

This waterfront park offers stunning panoramic views of the Marina Bay Sands, the Esplanade, and the iconic Singapore skyline. It’s the perfect spot to relax and soak in the city’s sights and sounds.

During the day, you can stroll along the waterfront promenade, enjoy a picnic on the lush green lawn, or embark on a scenic river cruise.

As the sun sets, Merlion Park transforms into a magical wonderland illuminated by the city’s glittering lights. 

Address1 Fullerton Rd.
Contact Details+65 6736 6622 
Operating HoursOpen 24/7 Daily

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Located in Singapore’s Mandai area, the River Wonders is Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park, spanning 12 hectares and housing over 6,000 animals from 200 species.

As you meander through the park’s various exhibits, you’ll encounter various aquatic and land creatures. 

The park’s star attraction is the Giant Panda Forest – home to Singapore’s resident giant pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia.

Address80 Mandai Lake Road
Contact Details+65 6269 3411
Operating HoursMonday to Sunday
10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Your travel to Singapore isn’t complete without going to Universal Studios!

This isn’t just any theme park; it’s a cinematic playground where you can live out your childhood fantasies.

One of the key factors that make it one of the most popular places to visit in Singapore is its immersive and themed zones.

Each zone is meticulously designed to transport you to different movie sets, from the bustling streets of New York to the mystical land of Ancient Egypt.

We suggest you save a lot of courage and ride roller coasters here like Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON or navigate the treacherous waters of Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure.

If you’re faint-hearted, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions like Madagascar: A Crate Adventure and Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase.

Be sure you catch live shows and performances featuring your favorite characters from the high-energy antics of the Hollywood Dreams Parade.

Address8 Sentosa Gateway
Contact Details+65 6577 8888
Operating HoursMonday to Saturday
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

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This isn’t just about pretty flowers and Instagram-worthy backdrops – it’s also a hub of scientific research and conservation efforts.

Singapore Botanic Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its rich biodiversity and historical significance. 

You can spend hours wandering through the National Orchid Garden with its stunning collection of orchids (over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids, to be exact!) and the serene Rainforest with its towering trees and winding paths.

Address1 Cluny Rd
Contact Details+65 6471 7138
Operating HoursMonday to Sunday
5:00 am – 12:00 am

This place is a melting pot of tradition, history, and modernity, all wrapped up in a colorful package that beckons visitors all over the world!

The popularity of Chinatown stems from its rich tapestry of sights, sounds, and flavors that offer a truly immersive experience.

You shouldn’t miss visiting one of its iconic sites – the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. 

You’ll see the temple’s ornate architecture, adorned with intricate carvings and colorful murals, soaked in the serene atmosphere of this sacred place.

Of course, no visit to this bustling place would be complete without indulging in its culinary delights!

You should try the succulent roast meats, slurp up steaming bowls of noodles and laksa, and sample fragrant dim sum.

AddressCrot Trengganu 29 A/B Smith Street
Contact DetailsOpen 24/7 Daily
Operating Hours+65 6534 8946

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This offers jaw-dropping views atop one of the most iconic buildings in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands.

It’s perched 200 meters above ground level, making it one of the highest observation decks in the world.

As you step out onto the deck, you’ll be greeted by panoramic views that will take your breath away!

What can you do here? Aside from snapping photos and soaking in the scenery, you can also enjoy a walk along the deck, taking in the sights from every angle.

Sands Skypark Observation Deck is a marvel of modern engineering, with a sleek design and glass panels providing uninterrupted views of the city below.

If you’re feeling daring, you can even take a dip in the iconic infinity pool, which stretches along the edge of the deck.

AddressMarina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave.
Contact Details+65 6688 8826
Operating HoursMonday to Sunday
11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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This isn’t your typical zoo where animals are kept behind bars. Here, they roam free in spacious, naturalistic habitats that mimic their native environments.

That means you can see them behaving like in the wild – swinging from trees, splashing in the water, and lounging in the sun.

There are over 2,000 animals here from around the globe. But that doesn’t mean they are kidnapped and kept here just for entertainment.

In fact, Singapore Zoo is super committed to conservation and education, so you’ll also learn a thing or two about wildlife conservation efforts.

Ever wanted to feed a giraffe or cuddle a koala? Here’s your chance!

You can sign up for special animal feeding sessions, where you’ll get to hand-feed some of the zoo’s residents under the guidance of expert keepers.

Address80 Mandai Lake Rd
Contact Details+65 6269 3411
Operating HoursMonday to Sunday
8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Day Tours You Can Join in Singapore

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This tour is where you’re comfortably seated on an open-top double-decker bus, cruising while soaking in panoramic views of iconic landmarks and attractions in the city-state.

One of the standout features of the Big Bus Singapore tour is its informative audio commentary.

Available in multiple languages, including English, Mandarin, and Japanese, the commentary provides fascinating insights into Singapore’s history, culture, and landmarks.

Want to snap a selfie with the Merlion? No problem!

You can hop on and off at various stops near popular tourist spots and catch the next bus when you’re ready to move on to your next adventure.

Contact DetailsHead over to the Big Bus Singapore website to book your ticket.
Operating HoursDepending on the availability, the tour operates from 9:00 am to 7:20 pm
Ticket Price1 Day Tour – S$44 Per Adult
2 Days Tour – S$49 Per Adult

For this one, instead of being stuck in traffic or confined to a tour bus, you can explore the city streets and charming neighborhoods up close.

Bike Around Tour Singapore offers a solo or group bike tour package with a knowledgeable guide sharing fascinating insights and hidden gems along the route.

Your guide is a knowledgeable local and a passionate storyteller who will regale you with tales of Singapore’s rich history, culture, and traditions.

What if you don’t know how to ride a bike? No worries!

Bike Around Tour Singapore offers a three-wheeled bicycle so you don’t have to worry about your balance. It also offers a tandem bike where you’ll ride with your guide for safety.

Address20 Republic Ave
Contact Details+65 9853 6285
Operating HoursOpen 24 Hours Daily
Ticket PriceS$89 per Adult

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First, a trivia: This quirky vehicle, known as “DUCK,” is an amphibious craft originally used during World War II and has since been transformed into a tourist attraction. 

The tour starts on land, where you’ll embark on a guided journey through Singapore’s bustling streets, passing by famous sights like the Esplanade and Merlion Park.

But here’s where it gets interesting – just when you think you’ve seen it all, the DUCK will seamlessly transition from road to river, splashing into the waters of Marina Bay for a scenic cruise.

It’s like getting two experiences in one!

Throughout the tour, knowledgeable guides will regale you with fascinating stories and insights about Singapore’s history, making the experience entertaining and educational. 

Address3 Temasek Boulevard #01-K8, Tower 2 Suntec City
Contact Details+65 6338 6877
Operating HoursMonday to Sunday
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Things to Do at Night in Singapore

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I want you to imagine this scene: you hop aboard a traditional bumboat, a charming vessel reminiscent of the city’s past, and set sail on the tranquil waters of the historic Singapore River.

Singapore River Cruise is one evening of adventure you’ll never want to miss during your visit to this country!

As you drift along the tranquil waters, surrounded by the city’s enchanting sights and sounds, you’ll find moments of peace and solitude amidst the hustle and bustle.

It’s like gliding through a city’s heart, soaking in its shimmering skyline under a blanket of stars.

AddressDeparting from Clark Quay Jetty
Contact Details+65 6336 6111
Operating HoursMonday to Thursday
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday to Sunday
10:00 am – 10:30 pm
Ticket PriceS$28 per Adult

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This isn’t your average night out; it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that promises fun, excitement, and plenty of memories to cherish.

At each stop on the crawl, you’ll discover a new side of Singapore’s nightlife scene, from cozy rooftop bars to pulsating dance floors. 

With exclusive drink deals and VIP access to some of Lion City’s trendiest bars and clubs, you’ll get to party like a rockstar without breaking the bank.

Of course, safety is always a top priority, especially when you’re exploring a new city on your own. Singapore Pub Crawl takes extra precautions to ensure all participants have a safe and enjoyable experience. 

Address3 Canton St, #01-01 Mogambo Bar & Restaurant
Contact Details+65 9640 5611
Operating HoursOperational Only On the Day of the Night Activity
Ticket PriceS$35 

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Night Safari is the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park, showcasing over 2,500 animals from over 130 species in their natural habitats. 

From majestic lions to elusive leopards, you’ll have a front-row seat to observe these magnificent creatures as they come alive under the cover of darkness. 

There’s something truly magical about witnessing the jungle awaken at night, with mysterious sounds and glowing eyes peeking out from the shadows.

The tram takes you on a guided tour through seven distinct geographical zones, each representing a different habitat.

Along the way, knowledgeable guides share fascinating insights about the animals and their behaviors, adding depth to your wildlife encounter.

Address80 Mandai Lake Rd
Contact Details+65 6269 3411 
Operating HoursMonday to Sunday
7:15 am – 12:00 am
Ticket PriceS$56 per Adult

I suggest you rank up your solo Singapore itinerary with a night of unforgettable indoor skating!

At Hi Roller Indoor Skating, you’ll be gliding across the rink’s smooth, polished surface, bathed in the vibrant glow of neon lights.

You don’t have to worry about forgetting your mid-calf socks. Hi, Roller’s on-site shop has you covered, so you can be at the rink without a hassle.

Once you’re ready to roll, prepare to be exhilarated! 

With every turn and twist, you’ll lose yourself in the infectious rhythm of the music and the pure joy of carving up the ice.

Address1 Pasir Ris Cl, Level 5 E!Hub
Contact Details+65 9694 4094
Operating HoursMonday to Thursday
11:00 am – 6:30 pm 
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday
11:00 am – 10:00 pm

This isn’t your parents’ museum – it’s a playful wonderland designed to make you feel like a kid again.

One minute, you could be surrounded by giant, fuzzy gummy bears and lollipops so big you could use them as pool cues.

In the next room, you might be transported to a tropical paradise with swaying palm trees and inflatable flamingos – perfect for snapping some quirky Instagram pics.

This is indeed a fantastic way to spend your evening.

And the best part is you enjoy these all by yourself!

Address100 Loewen Rd
Contact Details+1 866-665-1018
Operating HoursMonday and Wednesday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday to Sunday
10:00 am –9:00 pm
(Closed on Tuesdays)

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This mesmerizing light and sound show takes place nightly at the Supertree Grove, enchanting visitors with its dazzling display.

As the sun sets and darkness falls, these futuristic trees come alive, transforming into a spectacle of color and motion.

With each beat of the music, the lights dance in harmony, creating a symphony of sight and sound that will leave you breathless.

Where else can you witness giant trees putting on a light show accompanied by music? 

It’s like being transported to another dimension where nature and technology collide in the most beautiful way possible.

It’s the perfect way to unwind after exploring the city and recharge your batteries for the next day’s adventures.

Address211 Marina Way
Contact Details+65 6420 6848
Operating HoursMonday to Sunday
7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Where to Buy Souvenirs

This is not your average souvenir shop; it’s a treasure trove of Singaporean culture and craftsmanship.

Here, you’ll find an impressive collection of handmade crafts, artisanal jewelry, and quirky trinkets, all lovingly crafted by talented local artisans.

Each item tells a story of Singapore’s rich heritage and vibrant culture, from intricately designed pottery to beautifully woven textiles.

Looking for a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry to add to your collection? Nom has covered you with stunning handcrafted accessories inspired by Singapore’s flora and fauna or Peranakan style.

Want to bring a taste of Singaporean cuisine home with you? It sells a jar of locally made kaya jam or a tin of aromatic Singaporean spices.

With its affordable prices and friendly staff, shopping here is a delightful experience from start to finish!

Address15 Yan Kit Road #03-00 S088267
Contact Details[email protected] 

First off, its collection is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Wheniwasfour sells cute and chibi-style trinkets.

From keychains shaped like local delicacies such as kaya toast and kopi to plushies adorned with iconic landmarks like the Merlion, every item bursts with charm and adorable feels!

One of its must-have items is its adorable enamel pins featuring local landmarks and phrases that will make you smile whenever you wear them.

Another favorite among visitors is their selection of tote bags adorned with whimsical illustrations that showcase the beauty of Lion City’s culture and heritage.

Address231 Bain St, #04-41 (Bras Basah Complex)
Contact Details[email protected] 
Operating HoursMonday to Friday
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
12:30 – 6:30 pm
Closed on Sundays

This is where you’ll find an assortment of local snacks and treats, perfect for satisfying your post-travel cravings or sharing a taste of Singapore with friends and family back home.

The Gift Market also features an extensive array of items that showcase Singapore’s rich cultural tapestry.

It has traditional handicrafts like intricate batik textiles, delicate porcelain teacups, and keychains adorned with the country’s iconic landmarks.

The fun part is you can bargain here! 

You can channel your inner negotiator and put those haggling skills to the test. Who knows, you might snag a fantastic deal on that souvenir you’ve been eyeing.

AddressKaki Bukit Rd 2, #04-25 Gordon Warehouse Building, 9
Contact Details+65 3129 4161
Operating HoursMonday to Friday
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Closed on Weekends

As your solo adventure draws closer, you realize you want to take home a soft, huggable, or pocket-sized memento to remember your trip by. That’s where Precious Thoughts comes into play!

This cozy little shop is a haven for plushie enthusiasts, offering an extensive collection of cuddly companions in all shapes and sizes!

From the moment you step inside, you’ll be greeted by shelves of the most adorable plushies you’ve ever seen.

Seriously, it’s like stepping into a wonderland of soft, cuddly goodness.

Address1 Lower Kent Ridge Road One@kent Ridge, #02-01 
Contact Details+65 6659 7836
Operating HoursMonday to Friday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

With this guide, you’re equipped to navigate Singapore solo travel like a champ!

Remember, embrace the adventure even if things go awry – like getting lost or riding the wrong train.

Because hey, those are the stories you’ll laugh about (or cringe about) for years to come.

Now, all you need to do is pack your things and pray it all goes well for your first solo (and hopefully not the last) trip to the Lion City!