5 Travel Tips on Singapore, By Author and Traveler Chris Guillebeau


Chris Guillebeau is among a small but growing community of folks who have taken the road “less traveled” by opting out of the 9-to-5 office career and making a living through full-time travel. Guillebeau’s on-the-road entrepreneur ventures have ranged from exporting Jamaican coffee, founding a publishing business in Africa, to authoring the bestselling book, The Art of Nonconformity. He’s been featured in The New York Times and Business Week, and he also writes for CNN, the Huffington Post, as well as his own travel blog.

So besides the fact that Chris Guillebeau leads an enviable life of full-time travel, what makes the guy so special? Because he’s built an existence around the philosophy of non-conformity. “You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to,” Guillebeau advises. His inspirations and instructions for leading an unconventional life, changing the world, and achieving personal goals are followed by people all over the world.

Chris Guillebeau has traveled, communicating the gospel of non-conformity, to 150 countries and counting. We’re delighted to help keep Guillebeau connected along the way. “Boingo is helping a lot with my worldwide travels,” he recently told us. “I had no idea you guys had so many hotspots.”

One place where Guillebeau has accessed Boingo is Singapore, where we currently provide 700+ hotspots. Below, he offers his five top tips for travel in Singapore.


Everyone loves to hate Singapore, but I like it just fine. I’ve been to the city-state at
least ten times since 2006. Whenever I go, I try to visit one familiar area (“it’s nice to be back!”) and one new area to add to my experience
.” – Chris Guillebeau

  1. An Unexpected Discovery: The last time I was in Singapore, I held a meetup with local friends. We did it at Hackerspace.sg in the Arab quarter. I didn’t even know Singapore had an Arab quarter until this trip, but it was a great find.
  2. Hotels: I have enjoyed stays at all three of these hotels:
  3. Eat: I often eat in Little India, partly because I’m vegetarian, but also because I love South Asian food. If you don’t have any dietary restrictions and enjoy a wide range of options, there are lots of hawker stalls you can wander among—I’ll leave the famous “duck rice” to you.
  4. Shop: When in Singapore, I’m often in transit between Africa and the U.S. — so if I don’t have a chance to do laundry, I pop out to one of the many Giordano outlets to pick up a new t-shirt.
  5. Etiquette: Everyone in Singapore is polite, if sometimes a bit reserved. Be sure to follow the laws to avoid being thrown in jail – your odds of being easily forgiven are low.
Follow Chris Guillebeau on Twitter, Facebook, and through his blog

About Hopping John

Hopping John is a seasoned world traveler, gallivanting across the globe as he moves from adventure to adventure. Along for the ride are a wide array of smartphones, tablets, laptops, handheld game consoles and Wi-Fi enabled cameras — every one of them configured for Boingo access. There's no hotspot too far to visit, as he continues his quest for total Wi-Fi consciousness. Gunga, gunga la-gunga.
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