First Time Foreign Travel Experience
In my personal blog, I want to tell people about my first time foreign travel experience. I had gone to Singapore trip with my brother-in-law and it was my first foreign travel experience which I would like to share with you.
As It was first time of any kind of foreign tour. I was so scared about it. I did not sit ever in Aeroplane also. So it was also the first time I am going to sit in air flight. That is why, I was little scared. There were lot of thought running in my mind about the first time flight and first time foreign tour like following questions?
- First time traveler checklist?
- Traveling for the first time by airplane?
- How can I travel on plane for the first time?
- Airport procedures for international flights?
- International Hotels procedures for first time international tour?
- What must we carry on a trip abroad?
- Where to exchange currency?
- How much money do we need?
- Foreign country transport system?
- Foreign country weather, language, food etc?
First Time Singapore Travel
Lot of questions coming in my mind while planning for first time travel. My Brother-in-law decided to travel Singapore first and started planning for the same. We searched lot of videos and websites about Singapore and first time flight experience and make ourselves with full of information about the travel country like its weather, food, flights, hotels check-in and check-out, traveler checklist, about electronic items etc.
I would like to tell you one thing that we had booked ticket first time 2 years ago but did not visit Singapore due to Zika virus spread that time. We had to cancel the ticket. And, after one year we again planned and booked ticket for Singapore again and this time we traveled and enjoyed a lot. For booking tickets, I want to share one most important things to you that do not hurry while booking tickets. There are lot of discount coupons and many credit card offers are available. Just research first and then book your ticket. You can get lot of discounts and save money. Book now pay later options are also available in many travel websites.
As soon the ticket date is near, we were watching lot of Youtube videos shared by live travelers. So that we can understand the process and Singapore culture. We were not going with any travel agencies. We had planned to visit Singapore without the help of any travel agencies. We knew, it was not easy for us first time. But we did it.
When the ticket date is near, we planned the whole things with written day by day plan and pack everything which is needed in Singapore. There are many things which we packed. We had to leave all at home only due to some stuff ban in Singapore like many things shaving kit, comb, perfume etc. We did not bring such stuffs in Singapore. We had purchased whole necessary things in Little India, Singapore. We found whole things in cheap rates in Little India.
Now the time has come to go for Singapore. We had to catch train first to go to Kolkata airport from Asansol. We caught train for Kolkata and after reaching the Kolkata Railway station, we were searching for Cab to go to Kolkata airport. We had not booked cab earlier.
We had to struggle at Kolkata Railway station to book cab. Finally we got one cab for Kolkata Airport. We were going any airport first time, so we had some hesitation. But we were so excited for Singapore Tour. After reaching the airport, we did not have any idea about boarding on flight. We reached early on the airport because it was first time. We collected our tickets. We catch flight for 4 times, but did not get window seat. We were little sad.
We watched videos and also asked the security officers on the airport. In security checking, we had to empty our hand bag for scanning. Finally the time has come for first time boarding on flight. After the security checking of our belongings, we were waiting on boarding waiting area. The boarding gate may be changed. In first time of boarding, our boarding gate had changed one time. It is fortunate that we got SMS from airline company and we reach the said boarding gate.
Finally, we board on flight and felt very good experience of our first time flight. We started making videos and took some photographs. It was great fun to board my first time flight with my brother. The air hostess gave us some security tips with food menu.
They asked all to fasten the seat belt. Every body has their own seat numbers in their boarding pass. There are 2 signals on for smoking and seat belt. You are not allowed to stand up when your seat belt signal shows. When the signal will be turned off, you can use toilets.
I was so scared while using the toilet in flight first time. But after using, I was so happy to see the style. I was also wondered to see the different style drinking water tap in airports. I am just sharing my first time travel feelings. As it was my first experience, I was uncomfortable while landing and take off. There is some noise in my ear.
In the landing time, when flight is going down, I am feeling like flying in the sky. In fear, I closed my eyes and listening music. Finally, my first flight travel has ended the journey. It was from Kolkata to Banglore towards Singapore.
We did not know about check-ins bags that we have to check-ins our bag from Kolkata to Singapore directly. That is why we had reclaimed our check-in bag and again check-in for second flight from Bangalore to Singapore. Now, we were in our second flight to Singapore. It was long night journey. In night flight journey, we slept in the flight and when we got up, we had reached Singapore.
We have collected our check-in bags in Singapore Changi Airport and feeling so exited to reach any foreign country first time in my life. We are looking the whole airport with excitement. A big TV screen was welcoming us in Changi Airport written “Welcome to Singapore”.
We were so happy to see this TV screen and so motivated to further our Singapore tour without the help of any travel company. Now we were coming out from the airport and found a shop on the airport in which we asked about SIM card and internet packs.
We got to know about the Free Wi-Fi in the whole Singapore. We were so happy to know about it. I just took out my cell phone and connect the Free Internet Wi-Fi in the airport and sync all my apps like Facebook, gmail etc.
We asked the shopkeeper about the local transportation. He suggested us to use Singapore Metro Cards for foreigners. We were again so happy to find such cheap metro local transportation card. I am sorry, I forgot the price of that metro cards but it was cheap. I will suggest you to buy these metro smart cards from authorized Metro Offices.
It will be more cheap to buy it from official Smart cards shops. We lived in Singapore for 7 days and purchased Metro Smart Card second time from authorized Metro Office. The smart card we purchased from the airport that was costly than the second one and expired in 3 days. We could not renew it also. We had to buy new smart card. We did not buy new Simcard and planned to use Wi-fi to talk with our family members in India. After buying the Metro Smartcard, we moved away from the airport and used MRT to go to Jalan Besar.
We already decided this place to live for 7 days in hostels that is why we already booked hostel online in Jalan Besar which was ‘Central 65’. We took some road maps from that store in the airport to get an idea about the MRT route. We saw the route map and took MRT to reach our hostel in Jalan Besar Metro station. It was near the metro station. We reached Singapore in the early morning, that is why, we planned to go our hostel by walking. We reached Jalan Besar metro station and started walking to our hostel in the early morning. We were feeling so happy to walk on Singapore road. After some morning walk, we reached our ‘Central 65’ hostel and got fresh and have some breakfast. After bath, we had a long sleep to take some rest. At hostel lounge, we planned our 7 days tour in Singapore.
We started walking after lunch to become familiar, have bought some stuff from retail stores. There are many South Indians lives in Singapore. A great population of South Indian people are in Little India, Singapore. We bought stuffs from their stores and started conversation with them, as we were from same country. In Little India, there are many Indian population living since long and its has long history of Singaporean Indian. They have been living in Singapore since long with their old heritage and settled there with their children. There are many South Indian hotels and restaurants in Singapore where you can enjoy Indian food.
You can read the full brief history of Singapore to know about the Singapore and its independence. As I am in Brahma Kumaris and was feeling happy to find center also in Jalan Besar, Singapore. Brahma Kumaris is an spiritual organization which teaches us the oldest Rajyoga Meditation and establish peace in the whole world. It has many centers in the whole world. Its main center is located in Mount Abu, India. I started practicing my Rajyoga Meditation in Brahma kumaris, Singapore center. It was located near our hostel. I started going the center in the early morning to practice meditation and its knowledge. I was going to take meditation and murli class. I missed some days due to our schedule. Because we had planned to visit various places in Singapore.
After shifting in hostel, we decided to go Sentosa Island first. We caught metro for that. In Sentosa Island, you have to change the metro, cable car and then mono rail. Then you can reach the Island. You can directly go by bus in expressway route also. We have experienced the Cable car and mono rail first time. We did not know about the expressway route. We went to Sentosa by Metro and had reached on Cable Car ticket center. We had to spend money on cable car which was not necessary for us. We can go somewhere else by this money. You should take care about this. In Cable car, we enjoyed a lot. There are 4 seats in the cable car and it is made above the sea. We were 2 people, that is why we had to share this car with 2 other foreigners and it was amazing experience. You must try this.
We have taken lots of photographs of Sentosa Island. There are many places you can enjoy in Sentosa like following:
- Cable Car
- Mono Rail
- Sentosa Beach and Island
- Sentosa Water Park
- Sentosa Station
- Madame Tussauds
- Imbiah Lookout Attractions
- 4D Adventure Land
- Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom
- Megazip Adventure Park
- Sentosa Luge
- Sentosa Nature Discovery
- Tiger Sky Tower
- Merlion Plaza
- Sentosa Funfest
- Resorts World Sentosa
- Universal Studios
- Sentosa Sea aquarium(Timing: Daily 10 to 6 generally)
- Sentosa adventure cove WaterPark
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Top places to visit in Singapore
Singapore is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole world. An ideal family tourist spot, the country-city of Singapore is a tiny island, which perhaps, is one of the most picturesque places in Asia. The futuristic marvels and tall skyscrapers in the gorgeous city will leave you in awe.
The modern architecture and breathtaking locations have made Singapore one of the fastest growing countries in the whole world. Beautiful dining venues, exquisite shopping malls, and luxury hotels are some of the main attractions of this place.
Singapore is meant for tourists and therefore you will find people thronging its streets throughout the year. The weather is amazing, the food is lip-smacking delicious and the people warm; what’s not to love?
The following is a list of some of the top places to visit in Singapore
Universal studio: Most people who visit Singapore definitely check out the beautiful Universal studio, to click pictures for Facebook. It is one of the best places to visit with family and you are sure to have fun there. There are so many cafes and restaurants and shops to visit, you can also go the “walk of Fame,” and click pictures with the who’s who of Hollywood. There is so much to check out like Battlestar, Galactica, roller coaster rides that one-day won’t be enough for you to cover the whole place out.
One of the top places to visit in Singapore, especially if you happen to be a lover of nature is the Botanic garden. It is Singapore’s very first UNESCO heritage site and you will find many rare species dwelling here. It is a picturesque place replete with lakes and ducks, as well as birds. If you wish to spend a peaceful day, then this is an excellent place to visit, amidst the lap of nature.
Who hasn’t heard of the legendary Singapore zoo? You can find so many endangered animals thriving here. You can spot Zebras, Koalas, giraffes as well as white tigers amongst the other animals found here. Animal lovers will have one hell of the time in this beautiful zoo. You can enjoy the Frozen Tundra region, the Fragile Forest and Primate Kingdom. Singapore zoo is definitely one of the top places to visit in this city.
Visit Chinatown to satiate the foodie and shopaholic in you! One of the best places to find authentic Chinese food, it is a vibrant place full of laughter, smiles, accompanied with the sounds of food and chatter. It is the ideal place to buy souvenirs for family members and friends. The China market is a definite attraction in here and the Thian Hock Keng located here, is one of the oldest Chinese Temple in Singapore.
Gardens by the bay
Almost everyone who visits Singapore posts at least one Facebook picture from Gardens by the bay. One of the top places to visit in Singapore, it is almost like an imaginative land, because of the gorgeous sights. You can find cafeterias here and some of the visuals from here will be etched in your mind forever. Singapore is the land of making happy memories.
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