The aim of going on a vacation is to relax and enjoy, but when your destination is swarmed with noisy, masses of people, you might consider going back home instead. Don’t let the frustration of dealing with pushy tourists ruin your holiday. Here are some trips to get away with the crowd while on vacation.
- Be Smart With Choosing Your Travel Dates
Whether you’re driving or flying, if you can travel on the exact date of the holiday, it’s going to be less hectic and a lot cheaper compared to travelling a day before. If that seems impossible, plan to travel two days before and after the holiday, since most people are booking their trips immediately before and after the festivities.
- Travel Off-Season
Visiting Singapore during Chinese New Year guarantees swarms of tourists. If you wish to avoid the crowd and enjoy the views and the beaches on your own, adjusting your trip by a few weeks earlier or later can halve the amount of people in your destination. Travel with a legitimate travel agent for advice on off-peak dates to your chosen destination. Who knows, you agent would be able to help you save some cash, too.
- Watch Weather Forecasts
Most travellers cancel their flights when there are news reports of approaching storms. While these weather advisories shouldn’t be ignored, sometimes they are not as bad as they sound and can still be tolerable for a weekend getaway. By keeping an eye on weather forecasts, brave souls can get great last-minute deals due to a number of travellers who hastily cancelled their trip.
- Adjust Meal Times
Popular restaurant and hawker stalls will always have long lines waiting at usual meal times. And if you have tried Ramen Keisuke Lobster King in Clarke Quay, the queue for just a lobster ramen can take more than an hour. Eat a little earlier or a bit later, and you’ll beat both your hunger and the hangry (hungry and angry) crowd.
- Choose Off-the-Beaten-Path Sites
The Singapore Flyer, Sentosa Island, Marina Bay Sands—popular spots like these attract tourists any time of the year. To get away from the herd, choose places that are far from the city and tourists tend to ignore, such as Pulau Ubin and Kranji Farmway. You’ll be able to avoid the crowd and experience the country’s beauty and culture like a true local, not as a tourist.
Travelling is meant to be relaxing and fun, but it’s almost impossible to do so with a large crowd blocking your view or making noises when you wish to relax. The next time you plan for a vacation, keep these tips in mind whether you are travelling alone, with friends, with your family or with your special someone.