22 Experiences Singaporeans are Deprived Of That Fuel Their Wanderlust

22 Experiences Singaporeans are Deprived Of That Fuel Their Wanderlust

Just because we can't experience all these wonderful things in Singapore, we should still travel elsewhere to experience them anyway!

Singapore is but a small red dot on a vast planet, but it truly is an exciting one. However, there are certain things that one simply cannot experience in Singapore due to its geographical, cultural and historical circumstances. New experiences are exactly what makes travelling so exciting, and it is no wonder that Singaporeans love to travel so much.

Let’s check out some of the things that Singaporeans would simply love to have in the backyard… but don’t.

1. Snow

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Or basically all four seasons.

2. Castles

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3. Natural waterfalls

4. Hot air balloons

5. Wide open spaces

6. Crystal clear waters

7. Hot springs

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8. Legit hiking on an actual mountain

Also read: 12 Places Near Singapore To Explore The Great Outdoors

9. Flower meadows

10. Starry night sky

And while we’re at it, might as well wish to see the Northern Lights too!

11. Scenic road trips

12. Wild animal sightings

Wouldn’t it be nice to drive by a herd of sheep just going about doing their own thing?!

13. Safari where we can walk alongside animals

Because it isn’t enough until we get super close to them…

14. Steam locomotive trains

There’s something strangely comforting and hypnotic about the chugging sounds.

15. Bullet trains

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Imagine if we could travel from Jurong to Pasir Ris in 20 minutes. Because as Singaporeans, there’s never such a thing as getting somewhere too fast.

Also read: Staycation Ideas: 10 Hotels In Singapore With Bubblicious Bathtubs

16. Underground houses

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17. Street food

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Apart from in pasar malams, we rarely have the luxury of having authentic street food. Face it, there is a different kind of atmosphere when hawkers line up the streets with their booths, selling all sorts of tasty food. We want our own street food culture!

18. Cheap alcohol

Like how it is in Prague, we wish beer would be cheaper than water!

19. Holi festivals

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20. Legit music festivals that don’t cost a bomb

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Or at least music festivals that play real music (not throwing shade at EDMs)!

21. Premium factory outlets

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22. 6-hour work days

Just like how Spain has siesta, wouldn’t it be great if we could have scheduled nap times in between working hours? I think we’ll all be much happier.

But instead of b*tching and moaning about how we don’t have all these things, get out there! Experience snow in Hokkaido, go on a road trip in Canada and get coloured silly in a Holi Festival in India! We’ve already got a lot more to be thankful for in Singapore, like clean drinking water and an amazing transport infrastructure. Why should we allow what we don’t have get in the way of living life to the fullest and experiencing all these wonderful things?

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Sara Koh
Sara Koh

A self-professed poet, Sara loves all things that have words stringed prettily together. Naturally inquisitive by nature, Sara thinks she’d make one hell of an interrogator (or shrink) as a professional career. But she’ll settle for just being curious and she definitely doesn’t identify as a (dead) cat. At least not yet.


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