Published on December 30th, 2016 | by Daniel Nikulin0
Fare of the Month – World Wanderer
If you’re one of the many listing ‘travel more’ as one of your New Year’s resolutions, listen up! Value in airfare can be elusive but it’s front row and centre on this incredible World Wanderer deal from Singapore Airlines.
Canada – San Francisco – Hong Kong – Denpasar (Bali) – Singapore – Frankfurt – New York – Canada
Consider this; a 6-stop, 3-continent, round-the-world adventure, flying one of the world’s most respected airlines using some of the industry’s latest equipment, all for a staggeringly low price of $1,815CAD, all taxes included!
That’s right. Depart from Toronto, enjoy San Francisco, wine country and the Bay Area on your first stop, have your mind blown in Hong Kong on the next, beaches and temples in breathtaking Bali, Singapore’s succulent food scene, a little Frankfurt fun and a whole lotta New York City before returning back to Toronto – all for less than a simple single destination return ticket to Europe or Asia in the high season.
Want even more value? Singapore Airlines are a proud member of Star Alliance and Air Canada Aeroplan members know exactly what that means. Unfortunately, the rock-bottom lead-in-rate foregoes frequent flyer accrual but upgrade your fare type for about $150 round-trip and you’ve just earned 100% Aeroplan points on the entire journey, getting you closer to a free domestic or trans-border flight later.
Consistently rated at or near the top of the list of the world’s best airlines in numerous categories, Singapore Airlines’ extensive network of flights handles an around-the-world itinerary perfectly. Looking to add a side trip onto this already incredible trip? Chances are Singapore Airlines will have the flights.
- All Singapore Airlines flights are on wide body aircraft and if flights are chosen carefully, you can experience the Singapore Airlines A380 on all flights (except Hong Kong – San Francisco)
- Singapore Airlines operate 2 daily flights from San Francisco to Singapore (one being non-stop and one travelling via Hong Kong)
- Singapore Airlines operate 1 daily flight from New York to Singapore via Frankfurt
- Singapore Airlines operate 2 daily flights from Los Angeles to Singapore (one flight operates via Tokyo and the other via Seoul)
- Singapore Airlines operates service to over 64 destinations worldwide
If you’ve yet to sample Singapore Airlines’ world-famous in-flight service then you’re in for a treat. Attentive, friendly and professional cabin crews make even the longest flights a pleasure, and whether you’re savouring a tasty meal or enjoying the plethora of in-flight movies, you’ll agree with the many who’d say that getting there with Singapore Airlines is half the fun.
What’s on tap for the Bay Area in 2017? Loads. Besides the regular tourist haunts like Golden Gate Park, Pier 39’s sea lions and Alcatraz, San Francisco’s line-up of calendar events is sure to entertain.
For the museums type, take advantage of the city’s Free Museum Admission Days throughout the year. Held in San Fran’s vibrant Chinatown, the Chinese New Year Parade & Festival is one of the world’s biggest (and tastiest!) February celebrations.
In March, join more than 30 craft beer brewers for SF Beer Week. If wine is more your thing, May’s Uncorked Wine Festival is the place to be. For those that missed it on Broadway, catch America’s hottest new musical, Hamilton, at the Orpheum Theatre beginning this coming spring. More of a sport’s fan? There’s no city hotter, with the Golden State Warriors, The Giants and 49ers all contenders for a championship this year. So why not catch a game?
After you shop till you drop and eat yourself to heaven, discover the island’s less talked about attractions.
Did you know that Hong Kong has some incredible hiking trails? A scenic half-day stroll can lead you through 200-year old villages, past numerous temples and to stunning beaches and coastline vistas. And speaking of beaches, while they won’t compare to your next destination (Bali), there are a few worth checking out as they offer the perfect escape from Hong Kong’s towering skyline and cosmopolitan crowds.
Ocean Park or Disneyland? Over the years, an amusement park battle between Hong Kong’s original theme park and America’s iconic Disney offering has kept both striving to better each other and both offer a thrilling, fun day out. For anyone looking for a side trip, grab the ferry to Macau and experience a little bit of Vegas in Asia.
Rasa Indonesia Night Market, the Bali Arts Festival, Makepung Buffalo Races and the Bali Kites Festival, there’s more to Indonesia’s spiritual capital than pristine terraces of rice paddies and endless yoga.
Learn to surf, people watch and dance the night away to top international DJs on busy Kuta Beach. Book a 5-star resort in upscale Nusa Dua and prepare to be pampered with some of the world’s best spas. Visit the calm of Ubud and feast on the perfect local staple, nasi goreng. No visit to Bali is complete without a trip to Ubud’s Monkey Forest and its over 600 curious macaque monkeys.
Living side-by-side with the playful primates, three 14th century Hindu temples add even more mysticism to the magical forest surrounding Ubud. Don’t forget your camera on this adventure as the temples’ intricate stonework is as photogenic as the apes are.
Wisely old yet inspiring and new, Singapore both gleams with the latest architecture yet never forgets its jumbled roots.
First, the ‘City in a Garden’ is a feast for the eyes. Evergreen gardens are lush with orchids and pristine pathways surrounded by verdant landscaping at every turn. Next, taste authentic fare from the many regions that surround this small island on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. India, China, Thailand and Malaysia are all well represented here from vibrant districts of their own to heavenly food stalls in some of the most modern malls in Asia. From chili crab stands to biryani huts, Singapore’s hawker centres rule foodies here.
By now, you might have seen pictures of the incredible infinity pool atop the opulent Marina Bay Sands Resort in downtown Singapore. Even if you don’t end up booking a room, enjoy the panoramic view of the entire city over a cocktail or two at the rooftop bar at the Sands SkyPark.
While modern Frankfurt is one of Europe’s largest hubs for trade fairs, finance and business, the city’s Old Town has retained its small-town charm in cozy neighbourhoods, village markets and pristine public parks.
Looking for something to do that’s outside of the usual touristy realm? April’s German Comic Con Frankfurt gathering should do it. Or how about the Muddy Angel Run in August? There’s no shortage of expos and shows throughout the year and whether it’s the Frankfurt Book Fair or the Auto Show you’re after, you’re in the right place.
Go full-German with a picnic on the banks of the Main River in the summer or an ice skate at a local rink in the winter. Get cultured with affordable opera at the Oper Frankfurt or museum hop the day away – it’s pretty tough to get bored here.
New York City
Where to begin? If you haven’t been, you need to go. Just be prepared to never see it all. New York City is an overwhelming experience and a must for every traveller even if you’re travelling NYC on a tight budget.
It’s easy to soak up a lot of its energy by simply walking through any one of its five boroughs, and mapping out your own personal walking tour of interests is easier than you think. Good walking shoes are a must here and if you forgot to pack a pair, there are more than enough places to pick some up (Yes, the shopping is legendary).
Focusing on a single interest isn’t a bad idea, and themes like food, sports, music and art can easily pack an itinerary. It’s probably easiest to just admit to yourself that you’ll be back early on. Then simply sit back and enjoy the ride!