As a Singaporean, you’ll know the country is known for the 3K’s – Kiasu (scared to lose), Kiasi (scared to die) and Kiabo (scared there’s nothing), our very own version of #FOMO (fear of missing out). If we Singaporeans had the option, we’d never want to miss out on anything. But the reality is, unlike the Crazy Rich Asians portrayed in Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book, majority of us lack the spending power to try everything without breaking the bank.
Which also means that from scoring the best shopping discounts to sampling the newest F&B outlets in town at a good price, Singaporeans are often scared of losing out on the best experiences due to lack of deals.
With the year-end holidays just a few months away, Skyscanner wants to help Singaporeans overcome their fear of missing out on the best travel plans and promotions, by literally showing them how they can get the best bang for their buck!
To help Singaporeans plan their year-end trips, Skyscanner’s got the BEST TRIED AND TESTED SAVING HACKS, so that travellers never have to miss out on the best experiences because of budgeting issues.
Don’t pay in SGD overseas
In this scenario, SG TAK BOLEH (cannot in Malay)! While you may know exactly how much you’re paying in SGD, when overseas, pay in local currency as much as possible. Local vendors often tempt travellers to pay in their local currency but watch out as this may be a trick to get more money out of you via dynamic currency conversion.
Using the right credit card
Avoid using your SG credit/debit cards as you may end up paying more, thanks to the bank’s additional currency conversion fee (1% – 3%). Compare across your cards to check on conversion fees for overseas withdrawal. A travel credit card may be a cheaper option.
Inform the bank of your travel plans
If you must use your local credit/debit card overseas, remember to notify the bank of your travel plans. This is to ensure that the card is not rejected for overseas purchases/fraud suspicion. Do check if you can set a spending limit to avoid misuse in case you lose the card.
Invest in insurance
From cancelled flights or lost luggage to unfortunate accidents, a lot can go wrong on a holiday. May seem like a “it won’t happen to me” scenario, but better to pay a small fee and be prepared instead of burning a hole in your wallet when trouble strikes.
Consider an indirect flight
While a direct flight is a convenient and an easy option, it may save you a few 100 dollars if you go through 1 or 2 stopovers. If you’re tight on budget but not on time, consider splitting up our flight ride. You could always also explore your stopover city! Websites like Skyscanner even provides you with the option to filter the available flight options to find the one that best fits your budget and schedule.
Use price comparison sites before booking flights, hotels, cars
May seem like common sense but instead of going through one website after another, consider travel websites such as Skyscanner that will help you compare prices at a glance – all tailored to your specific needs. What’s better is that you can have all your travel needs, including flights, hotels, and cars, sorted on this one website and book directly – without any mark up fee!
Weigh your luggage before checking in
Each airline has a different luggage weight limit that also varies by which class you’re flying. Before leaving the house, do check the weight of your luggage, including hand baggage. This will save you several precious dollars as airlines often charge hefty amounts for excess luggage knowing that travellers may have no other option but to pay for extra luggage.
Play the age card
Age may not just be a number if you’re over 65 or below 26 or still a student. Most airlines and tourist attractions offer discounted fares for students and/or senior citizens so it may pay off if you carry along your ID card!
While it’s important to take certain jabs before visiting some places, check if and when you got the jab last and how long it lasts. Most jabs last several years. It may also be cheaper to get your jab at the GP instead of relying on travel clinics.
Data roaming plans
Instead of simply availing a roaming plan from your local SG vendor, check for mobile plans available in your holiday destination. Not only can this save you several bucks, but it’ll also give you a local number for easy communication during the trip.