Dedicated globe trotters desperately searching for your next adventure, we’ve got a treat for you. As the world has opened up again, you can fly from Singapore to many beautiful destinations worldwide. From the exotic islands of Europe to experiencing snowy arctic winters…we’ve made our list based on the most unique offerings and what is easy to get to from Singapore. Here are 25 of our favourite global places for you to escape from Singapore this year.
1. Seoul, South Korea
Singaporeans can jet off to Seoul in Korea in just six hours and 20 minutes. From the best Korean food, to diverse cafes and bars, a rich and colourful culture where K-pop was birthed, and some of the friendliest people on the planet…you’ll be spoilt for things to do. See our sister website Secret Seoul for fun activities to do. But for now, you can enjoy the best Korean BBQ restaurants in Singapore.
2. Bali, Indonesia
Just three hours from Singapore, discover one of the greatest tourist destinations worldwide. Experience majestic beaches and jungles, stay in cheap exotic villas, stroll through dreamy temples, and much more. See our list of the 21 Top Things To Do In Bali. Otherwise, hop on the ferry to the Bintan and Batam Islands.
3. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, is just a seven hour direct flight from Singapore, and offers a rich and diverse culture to explore. From futuristic experiences with innovative technology to ancient landmarks, traditional parks and neon-lit skyscrapers…it’s a bucket list destination for many. Plus, the second Harry Potter Studio Tour just opens in Tokyo in 2023 to give Potter fans this side of the world insight into the making of the movies.
4. The Maldives
Probably one of the greatest global places on earth just a five hour flight from Singapore. Why not escape to The Maldives? Dripped in history, culture and surrounded by beautiful turquoise waters and stunning beaches, where you can shop till you drop in places like Male…it’s the perfect destination to visit this season. Certainly, it will cost you!
5. New Zealand
New Zealand offers a trip of a lifetime for those who love great outdoor adventures. Key attractions include Rotorua mud pools at Hell’s Gate, the beautiful wilderness reserve of Abel Tasman beaches on the South Island, star gazing in Lake Tekapo, and plenty more…New Zealand is a top destination for everything you need from one holiday. There are direct flights from Changi Airport to the likes of Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown, in between nine to 12 hours. Read further about the best things to do in New Zealand.
6. Istanbul, Turkey
Fly to the capital of Turkey in under 11 hours with Turkish Airlines or Singapore Airlines. The stunning city boasts more than 2500 years of history, culture and traditions. Stroll through charming streets, eat delightful traditional cuisine and explore the Byzantine churches, to name a few things.
7. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
From beautiful beaches to entertainment experiences…Dubai has an array of exciting things to do. Think camel rides in the desert, all-inclusive accommodations, rooftop dining that gives Singapore a run for its money, and much more. A flight from Singapore takes around seven hours and you’ll need a wallet full of cash for this one. However, it’s one of those once-in-a-life experiences. Learn all about Dubai on our sister website Secret Dubai.
8. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
KLM and Singapore Airlines offer direct flights to Amsterdam which take between 12 and 14 hours. From lovely eateries and charming canals to chocolate factories like Tony’s Chocolate, famous museums and historic places such as the Anne Frank House…Amsterdam has it all. Read all about what you can do on our sister site Secret Amsterdam.
9. Paris, France
Escape to the European city of love for a magical city break with Singapore Airlines or Airfrance. Visit stunning shopping malls like the Galeries Lafayette beautiful decorated, indulge on croissants under the glimmer of the Eiffel Tower, and much more. Flight time is 12 hours direct and flights start at $750 return.
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10. New York, United States
At least once in your life, you must experience New York City. Look forward to holiday shopping at world-class retail stores, seeing iconic landmarks like Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square, the list is endless. Wonderfully, Singapore Airlines offers an 18 hour direct flight or you could get a much cheaper stopover flight from around $950. Read all about the things you can do on our sister website Secret NYC.
Spain is another one of the best global places our team loves to travel to worldwide. Fly to Barcelona or Madrid with multiple airlines from around $500 return depending on the season. Expect plenty of Spanish history, culture, authentic Spanish cuisine, raving nightlife scenes, and plenty more to keep you entertained.
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For something different, why not jet off to snowy Finland? Sleep under the stars in cosy once-in-a-lifetime igloos at the famous Kakslauttanen Artic Resort in Saariselka, visit Santa Claus and his reindeer in Lapland or take on the sloops with skiing and snowboarding. The Northern Lights just so happens to be one of the most romantic places to visit worldwide. Indeed, one of the best global places to escape on our list.
Escape the rain and head on an Italian adventure this season. A round trip to Rome or Milan will set you back around $800 return. Dive into the most delicious Italian feasts from pastas to pizzas, learn about ancient European history, and drive around beautiful coastal towns, from Naples to Bari.
Swap the Singapore rain for the extremely hot sunshine down under. Multiple airlines are offering direct flights to both Melbourne and Sydney this month. Fly to Melbourne in seven hours from $450 return, or Sydney in eight hours from $500 return. Check out 17 Iconic Places To Visit In Australia.
15. London, United Kingdom
The ultimate city break awaits you in London. With so much to do and see…you won’t be bored in the British capital. Connecting flights start at $770 or take a direct in under 14 hours. Find out about all the delightful things you can do on our sister website Secret London.
16. Vancouver, Canada
Experience the magic of winter in Vancouver where you can drink endless cups of hot cocoa, head skiing or snowboarding on snowy Grouse Mountain and lots more. Singapore Airlines are offering 14 hour direct flights to Vancouver from $999.
Germany has an array of lovely cities to explore such as Berlin, Frankfurt or Munich directly from $500. Indulge on German meats and beers, get educated on WWII, see the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sanssouci Palace and Gardens, which was the summer palace of King Frederick of Prussia as early as 1740, to name a few things.
One of the cheapest holidays from Singapore is our neighbour Malaysia. Opt to either drive to the likes of Johor Bahru or Malacca for a day trip, or take a quick flight to Kuala Lumpur for just $80 return right now. Explore the most ig-worthy places in Malaysia, feast on the best local cuisine and stay overnight from $6. Certainly, one of the best global escapes from Singapore.
Fly to Zurich in Switzerland in 12 hours at just $900 return. It’s the perfect access to Europe and the rest of Switzerland, where you can eat swiss cheese, immerse yourself in culture at the museums, stay in traditional villages, and of course, hit the famous snow-engulfed sloops of the Swiss Alps. Certainly, everything at your disposal.
20. Copenhagen, Denmark
Jet off to Copenhagen in just 13 hours with Singapore Airlines for around $900 return. Hide away in cosy cafes, go sightseeing around Denmark, and immerse yourself in colourful European buildings. See all the things you can do in Copenhagen here.
21. Sri Lanka
Plan a picturesque trip to Sri Lanka return for around $250. Indulge on authentic food, chill out on the pristine beaches, visit one of the most unusual instagrammable places in Asia, which is the colonial-era railway bridge, surrounded by lush greenery in Ella, Sri Lanka. Certainly, a dreamy getaway from Singapore.
Take a quick two or three hour flight to Bangkok or Phuket for around $150 return. While Bangkok is known for bustling street life, cultural landmarks, Asia’s Red Light District and more, Phuket is the ultimate beach vacation and one of the cheapest destinations to go from Singapore.
Get to stunning global places in Vietnam in just two and three hours. For example, Hanoi is just a three-hour flight from Changi Airport. Explore the largest caves in the world, relax on gorgeous beaches, visit one of the most instagrammable places in Asia – Golden Hands Bridge, to name a few.
Enjoy a European summer in sunny Greece by hopping on a direct flight to Athens in 11 hours. Once in Athens, immerse yourself in ancient Greek culture and tradition, before taking the ferry or a short flight to the world-class Greek Islands such as Santorini, Crete, Corfu, or even travel to Croatia or Albania easily. Greece is a superb gateway to kickstart an island hopping adventure around Europe. Certainly, one of the best global places to visit this year.
25. South Africa
Fly direct to Johannesburg in under 11 hours from Changi Airport to reach the beautiful tip of Africa. In South Africa’s biggest city, you can learn about the once 19th-century gold-mining settlement, which was home to Nelson Mandela. Then, you can venture to the Western Cape to refreshing winelands, diverse beaches and hike coastlines such as the Cape of Good Hope. Plus, admire breathtaking wildlife and plenty more thrilling activities.
All prices are subject to change and reflect when the article was published.