From mouthwatering street food to using your last remaining S$1 for the loo, and even spending it at the casino, here’s what your fellow YouTroopers would spend on their travels if they only had S$1!
In Singapore, most of us would know that we can score an Ikea hotdog bun, a small bowl of tangy Thai Boat Noodles, one plain crispy Roti Prata, and a cup of creamy Froyo for a dollar. And let’s not forget about Singapore’s iconic colourful ice cream sandwich! But what about overseas?
Recently, we’ve put up yet another poll on Instagram asking you, YouTroopers, what you would spend on overseas if you only had S$1. And as usual, you guys came through! From hilarious responses to ones that showcase your epic survival instincts, here’s a compilation of your responses on what you’d spend S$1 on when on your travels!
1. The Ones With Survival Instincts
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💧 “Mineral Water”
🚽 “The Washroom”
Nothing beats a good ole cuppa joe in the morning to jolt up your brain — especially when you have to make the most of your trip by getting up in the wee hours of the morning. And bottled water? An absolute necessity! Never knock hydration.
To our YouTrooper who responded with spending their S$1 on the washroom, props to you! Fun fact: Some public toilets overseas charge an entry fee ranging from a few cents to S$1. This fee is mainly used for maintenance and to keep the loos clean. And as we all know, when you gotta go, you gotta go.
You Have S$1, You’re Overseas. What Do You Spend On?: Learn more about which countries charge washroom fees here
2. The Foodies
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🍢 “Street Food”
🥪 “Banh Mi”
🍜 “Cup Noodles”
🍙 “Japanese Konbini: Green Tea & Onigiri”
🇰🇷 “Korea Triangle Gimbap”
🍡 “Convenience Store Mochi”
Think you’ll starve to death with only S$1 on hand? Think again! If you’re in Japan, Konbinis (convenience stores) are the way to go. Littered on every street corner in Japan, S$1 snacks such as Onigiri (Rice Balls), hot food, green tea, and instant noodles can be found in a 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, or Lawson. The possibilities are endless.
Or head to night markets in Korea, Bangkok, and even Taiwan for some piping hot street food pierced onto wooden skewers! Time to fill those rumbling bellies.
You Have S$1, You’re Overseas. What Do You Spend On?: For everything you need to know about Konbinis
3. The Jokers
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☎️ “Call For Help To Send More Money Over”
Honestly, even we have to admit these are valid responses. 😂 If you need a creative way to spend your S$1. There you have it! A dollar will certainly ensure you spend responsibly at a casino. And who knows? You may even multiply it!
You Have S$1, You’re Overseas. What Do You Spend On?: Check out our guide on budgeting on your travels
4. The Ones Who Make You Go “Aww”:
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🙏 “Throw It In A Wishing Pond”
Throw your S$1 coin in Rome’s iconic Trevi Fountain, Japan’s Kiyomasa no Ido Well behind the Meji Shrine, or even in St.Petersburg’s Fountains of Peterhof! We could all use a little good luck. And what’s more wholesome than spending your dollar on a dream? Ready to
make that wish?
And while you’re at it, tis the season of giving! If you’re feeling generous this Christmas, give away your S$1 to those who need it even more than you do. 🤗
You Have S$1, You’re Overseas. What Do You Spend On?: Check out the top wishing wells around the world here
5. The Collectors
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🎁 “Memorable Souvenirs”
Here’s to the sentimental folks who love collecting memories. Some Gachapon capsules in Japan can cost as cheap as S$1 and contain adorable Japanese collectables of your favourite cartoon characters.
You can even start your mission on trying to collect every stamp in the world! One stamp can range from a few cents to a dollar depending on where you’re at. Picture looking back fondly on these memories to show that you were really there. So get started on those memories!
You Have S$1, You’re Overseas. What Do You Spend On?: Read more about Gochapons here
What Else Can You Get For S$1?
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