Tripologist: What ought to I do with a three-day Singapore stopover?


My husband and I, each 65-plus, have a three-day stopover in Singapore. We’re match and wholesome, any strategies on what to see and do? J. Chaffey, Zetland NSW

Singapore has an open-top hop-on hop-off bus tour [] that makes greater than 30 stops on the metropolis’s highlights, and it is a bargain-priced approach to get your bearings. Stretched throughout the Marina Bay Waterfront, Gardens by the Bay is Singapore’s futuristic horticultural world with vertical gardens stretching storeys into the sky and a cloud forest with the world’s largest indoor waterfall. Nearby, perched on high of the Marina Bay Sands, SkyBar presents the last word night view of Singapore, a main spot for viewing the nightly gentle present at 7:45 and eight:45. The metropolis’s hawker meals centres are a world of gastronomic pleasures. Service is minimal, air con non-existent and tables shared, however the meals punches effectively above its price ticket. Try Tiong Bahru Market Hawker Centre, on the centre of an inner-city heritage zone. The Visit Singapore web site [] has tons extra concepts. Singapore sweats all yr spherical. Plan outside actions for the relative cool of early morning or night.

My 18-year-old daughter is working at an American summer season camp on her hole yr, then touring till January. She might journey alone and keep in hostels however I’d desire she did not. Are there journey operators that supply prolonged journeys with an area host appropriate for younger adults? L. Black, Malvern East VIC

Your finest guess is likely to be to level her towards among the web sites that may assist your daughter discover a like-minded journey buddy comparable to GAFFL [], Trip in Touch [] or, for one thing completely different, Workaway []. As mother and father all of us fear – I did when my daughters headed off to Europe and Asia for his or her hole years – and I realized that 99 per cent of our fears are baseless. As lengthy as they’re smart, if they have been raised to understand that the world will not be all gossamer and fairy floss, in the event that they know the way to maintain themselves – and right this moment’s younger adults are far more savvy than I used to be at that age – all the things works out high-quality. Keeping in contact is vital, so is ensuring they keep wholesome and eat effectively and that they have sufficient money they usually’re coated by journey insurance coverage. Let them know you are all the time there in case you’re wanted – and that is about as a lot as you are able to do. It’s their journey, their probability to unfold their wings and discover their very own manner on the earth, and for a teenager that is an empowering expertise that may propel them by means of wherever life goes from right here.

My spouse and I are flying into LAX in November and are on the lookout for a fast and seamless approach to stick with it to San Diego, ideally by non-public transport. T. Stanley, Goulburn NSW

Los Angeles is the house of limousine providers and you’ve got lots to select from. Black Tie Car Service [], LAX Black Cars [], Los Angeles Limo [] and Paramount Limousine Service [] get high evaluations.

I wish to make a tour of Puglia subsequent May, what are the must-see locations? P. Mullens, Dandenong VIC

Alberobello is Puglia’s tourism celebrity on account of its trulli, whitewashed homes which sit beneath conical roofs produced from limestone slabs. The trulli cowl a whole hillside, greater than a thousand of them lining the laneways that unspool from the Church of Saint Anthony, a type of trulli on steroids. Deep on Puglia’s southern shoreline, Lecce is subtitled ‘The Florence of the South’, endowed with a treasury of baroque structure carved from honey-coloured Lecce limestone. Polignano is tailor made for Instagram, teetering on the point of cliffs that encircle a sea cove. The outdated city is a compact medieval quarter, an ideal place to pattern the seafood for which Puglia is known. The largest of the so-called “White Cities” of the Itria Valley, Ostuni is all languid allure, its knotted alleyways curling beneath wrought iron balconies and stone staircases with sleepy cats. On town’s higher storey, spacious piazzas are furnished with gothic and baroque church buildings and cafes strategically positioned by fountains. Although it lies simply outdoors Puglia, Matera is constructed on the steep sides of a river gorge, now with World Heritage classification and a favorite for cinematographers on the lookout for a biblical backdrop. At its finest at twilight, when home lights anoint the dim passageways that spiral towards the church on the high of the city.

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