Freedom to fly
Check out our dedicated guide for young travellers.
From what you need to know about planning your first unsupervised trip, the best (and safest) destinations for you,
and even how to help your parents feel assured that you are ready to fly!
Dinner scripts for young adults
3 dinner table scripts to convince your parents to give you freedom to fly
Young Adults (YA): What would you guys do if you had the house all to yourself?
Parents (P): ... talks about peace and quiet, freedom to do their own things, can save money
YA: Wah, nice! Well, what if you could have a little taste of that even sooner than you think?
P: Oh, you’re moving out!?
YA: No, no… not yet! But I thought I could give you guys some privacy and maybe go on a trip to Bangkok on my own? It’ll give me a taste of independence as well. Win-win for everyone!
P: “Independence” means you’re paying for your own trip, right? :p
GO (FURTHERRR) OUTSIDE
YA: Do you think I spend too much time in my room, like, on my phone/computer?
P: ... talks about kids these days addicted to their screens, not going out more and experiencing the real world, you guys are missing out
YA: Yeah, there’s so much more to the world than what’s on the screen, right?
P: Ya, should go out more, stay outside longer. Singapore got so many things to see. We got parks lah, wetlands lah… even got islands like Ubin or St John’s, all those.
YA: Oh, you want to go together?
P: Siao ah, so hot! You go yourself lah, you’re old enough already.
YA: Oh, can also. Actually, I have another island in mind, a bit further from St John’s. And confirm I will stay outside a lot longer. Like, a few days long.
P: Further like… Batam?
YA: More like Ba…li. But it’s also very hot and sunny, so maybe it’s better I go by myself! Don’t want you to kena sunburn.
YA: Do you think kids today are too sheltered or protected?
P: ... talks about strawberry generation, everything’s so sensitive, shielded from the world in comfort, Singapore too safe that they take things for granted
YA: Ya, that time we went to JB, I was afraid that i would get lost.
P: Even in the mall also you can get lost. I really don’t know how you are going to survive on your own next time.
YA: Yeah, I also worry that I don’t have these important “life skills” cos I’m always going everywhere with you and mum.
P: You need to learn to fend for yourself!
YA: Maybe I should try going on my own and learn these things.
P: Yeah, you should. Start with somewhere safe.
YA: Oh, Japan just opened up. I hear Tokyo is quite safe for solo travellers. :)
Fly to these 5 destinations for your first (unsupervised) adventure overseas!
Did you just turn 18 recently? Congratulations! This is your time to explore and discover who you are through travelling. Take it from us, as Jetstar Asia just turned 18 too. The world is your oyster! With 18 years of flying, our passionate team is excited to help you get started on your adventure. Browse through these top five destinations that we’ve curated to get you inspired. Each one offers something different for every type of traveller, from solo #yolo to trips with friends, from adrenaline-boosting to downright relaxing.
For its delectable dishes, any time of the day - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City is bustling with energy, with the hum of motorbikes filling the day and the buzz of neon lights at night. Fuel up on flavour-packed, classic Vietnamese dishes, like pho, bahn mi and the signature drop coffee. As the night hits, Ho Chi Minh City offers everything you could demand from a night on the town, from no-frills beer joints to swanky cocktail bars and thumping clubs.
Budget: ~S$90 per day
For its rich history and blend of cultures - Bangkok, Thailand
Home to more than 26,000 temples, the city of Bangkok offers you the blend of culture with modern day attractions. Visit one (or ten!) of over 26,000 temples like Wat Pho, famed for its grand reclining Buddha and traditional Thai massage school, or Wat Traimit with the dazzle of its gigantic six-ton gold Buddha. After all that walking around, recharge with Thailand's mouthwatering street foods like wonton noodles, pad thai and super-fresh mango sticky rice, or check out its excellent restaurant scene.
Budget: ~S$82 per day
For coffee, arts, culture and more coffee (of course!) - Melbourne, Australia
From murals to museums, the city of Melbourne is a beauty decked out in artworks. For Instagrammable moments, check out Melbourne’s iconic street-art laneways. If you’re a theatre fanatic, grand theatres like the Princess will dazzle you with their magnificent architecture and the major musicals they stage, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. With all that’s going on in the city, you’ll need LOTS of coffee to keep up. You’re in luck, because Melbourne takes the crown for having some of the best coffee on earth.
Budget: ~$197 per day
For the outdoor adventure - Bali, Indonesia
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, look no further than Bali! It has everything you need for a great adventure. If you’ve always wanted to try surfing, Batubolong Beach (also known as Old Man’s) boasts of waves that invite surfers from around the world, and also makes a stunning backdrop for your first time. Not ready for surfing? Worry not. Head down to Nusa Dua for fun watersports like jet-skiing, snorkelling, and banana-boating. Once you have enough of the beaches, head inland to Ubud, where you can find the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Tegenungan Waterfall, and the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Hungry for more adventures? White water rafting and trekking up Mount Agung can be something to plan for!
Budget: ~S$82 per day
For some rest and relaxation - Phuket, Thailand
Thailand is home to many beautiful tourist destinations and Phuket is no exception. Snorkel in the crystal-clear water and marvel at the rich marine life all around you. The relatively calm condition makes it a perfect spot for beginners looking to get their feet wet. You can also hop on a local boat tour to jaw-dropping natural landmarks, such as the James Bond Island (Ko Tapu) or Phang Nga Bay. For an extra boost of dopamine, visit the gentle giants at the elephant sanctuaries where you can hear their stories and observe them happily wandering about in unspoiled rainforests.
Budget: ~$116 per day
Pro tips for your first trip - without parental supervision
At 18, you're finally old enough to go on a solo trip. If you've never planned and prepared for a trip, it can be nerve-wracking not knowing where to start. Don't worry, we've got you covered with 10 travel tips that'll have you travelling like a pro in no time!
- Start a checklist. Before you even start packing, start a list of the essentials you need. A checklist helps you decide and remember what to bring.
Start with these 8 categories:
Documents Travel aids Financial Appliances Clothes Toiletries Health General activities
- Organise your itinerary. Make sure you have your day-to-day planned, even if you're
going on a free-spirited adventure. Trust us on this! It's good to get the lay of the land
before going anywhere. Search for itinerary templates or create a simple planning
document like this:
Pro tip: Stay safe by sharing your itinerary with your loved ones. Schedule daily check-ins and consider sharing your location with people you trust.
Day Time Description Day 1: 1st December 6:00 am Breakfast at home 7:00 am Depart from home to the airport 8:00 am Check in to flight 10:00 am Depart 1:00 pm Arrive 2:00 pm Check in at hotel and have lunch!
- Choose your accommodation wisely. Make sure you stay in a safe area when booking your accommodation. Take a look at online reviews or ask a friend for recommendations. Having booked your accommodation, make sure you have a plan for getting there. When visiting a foreign country for the first time, you shouldn't wing transportation.
- Pack light. Bring only what you need. Avoid overpacking your suitcase. If your trip is long, consider
items such as toiletries that may be better purchased there rather than brought along. In
your carry-on luggage, follow the rules opens in new window regarding liquids, gels, and aerosols.
Pro tip: It is always a good idea to carry a change of clothes and medication in your carry-on. Roll your clothes to maximise space in your bag.
- Have copies of your important documents. Get your driver’s licence, passport,
visa, vaccination card, and other important documents printed and saved digitally. You
should do both as it's always easier to refer to a physical copy, but in case you lose
them, you have them on your phone/online no matter where or what.
Pro tip: Save the local emergency numbers (police, ambulance, nearest hospital, embassy or consulate, if applicable).
- Buy all your adapters, portable chargers and currency in advance. It will be less expensive, and you won't have to worry about finding essentials on your first day.
- Activate overseas card usage. Inform your debit/credit cards and financial institutions that you will be travelling. Make sure you get details on foreign fees and charges prior to your travels.
- Add roaming service to your phone plan. Check with your provider if you need to activate international roaming, and get the necessary roaming plans you need. It is usually possible to do it online. You can also purchase a local SIM card for the country you are visiting if that is more convenient for you.
- Review the entry requirements for your destination. Be sure they're up-to-date on
the country you're visiting before you depart. These restrictions and requirements have
changed from time to time, even without COVID.
Pro tip: Do not travel further if you become ill during your trip. Get checked at the nearest clinic as soon as you can. You can locate the nearest clinic with the help of the hotel concierge.
- Most importantly, have fun! Take lots of pictures. Spam that gram. Record your travels in a journal or on your phone to keep track of your memories.
Now that you know how to prepare for your first trip, it's time to get excited! Your adventure awaits, so enjoy it to the fullest! If you need inspiration on where to go next, check out our recommended destinations for young adult travellers here.
How to give your parents a peace of mind while solo travelling
Solo travel can be scary. Not just for yourself, but also for your parents! While you're now legally allowed to go on unsupervised trips,
in your parents' eyes, you'll always be their little children. It's only natural for them to be concerned. So how do we deal with our solo-travel-wary parents?
Here's how you can reassure them:
Do your research and share your plan
Learn as much as you can about where you want to go - cost, culture, customs, how to get around, if there are safety concerns - so you know what to expect.
When you have them, make sure to share them with your parents, especially your itinerary. Let them know how you'll be in touch with them so they know you're safe. Having done your research and being able to answer your parents' questions about your travels will greatly increase their support for you. It is also useful to research this ahead of time to prepare yourself and make you much safer.
Tip: Browse through our travel tips here.
Be open-minded about their concerns
Create a safe space where you can discuss your travel plans and listen to your parents' concerns. If they disagree, try listening to their opinions and take a moment to understand what they're saying. Your parents probably have some valid concerns. But if you've done your homework, you will be armed with all the information you need to reassure them.
Tip: Protect yourself from the unexpected with Jetstar Travel Insurance!
Meet them in the middle
Why not consider a compromise if your parents are still opposed to your solo travel after discussing their concerns with you? Consider going on a guided group tour, recruiting a travel companion, or choosing a nearby destination with a good safety reputation to start with. While this is probably the hardest tip to follow, think of it as an opportunity to showcase your maturity and win your parents’ trust in the long run.
Tip: Discover some of the safest destinations for young travellers here.
Dinner scripts for parents
3 dinner table scripts to convince your kids to jet off for the week
Parents (P): Wah, our neighbour’s daughter just came back from Ho Chi Minh City… or Manila or something. She’s really so adventurous going to all these places.
Young Adults (YA): Yeah, but you guys don’t really like going to these kinds of “exotic” destinations, right?
P: Ya, we like convenience. And aircon.
YA: So boring! One of my friends recently went to Siem Reap, I saw the photos, looks damn cool. He was saying we should go visit Angkor Wat soon, because they might close it off to tourists one day, to protect the site. But I know you guys won’t like to go to these kinds of places that require a lot of walking.
P: Well, you’re old enough. Why don’t you go by yourself? You can send us pictures – it’ll be like we’re there with you.
P: You’ve been studying very hard, going through all your books and notes, your research. Really so proud of you.
YA: Yeah, need to get good grades to do well in life.
P: True. But you know, books can only teach you so much. Sometimes, you need to experience it in real life. You know, to truly understand and appreciate what it is. Like you know you love arts, all those paintings and don’t know what…
YA: Oh yeah, I was recently just reading about the street arts in Melbourne, I saw some TikTok videos about the artists, looks damn cool.
P: Well… You could go and see it for yourself? Your dad and I are quite busy, but you’re old enough and you don’t want us old folks slowing you down.
P: Wah, these days so many concerts from all my favourite old-school bands. It’s like a 80s/90s revival! Guns N’ Roses, Westlife, BSB…
YA: Guns N’ Roses? I only know Halsey and Mura Masa.
P: Mura what?
YA: Mura Masa is one of the world’s hottest DJs and producers, OK? He performed a few times at Fuji Rock Festival. I wish I’d been there…
P: Or… you could just go now? Japan just opened up, and I see so many people travelling there! Kids your age. I don’t know anything about that music festival whatever, but since you love it so much, why don’t you go?
YA: Like, by myself!?
P: Well, what if you bump into that DJ, would you want to spend time with him… with your parents right beside you? I know I definitely won’t want you around if I bump into Axl Rose or Shane Filan.
Stay or Away: A parents’ guide to enjoying a week of no parenting
Are your kids finally out of the door and enroute to their first adult holiday? Congratulations! We’re sure your brain is buzzing from all the things you could do without them. But if you’re feeling a little stuck about what to do with all your free time, fret not, we have come with a few ideas to help you pass the time and enjoy your freedom!
Go on a staycation
This is your sign to indulge in a luxurious weekend to reset your mind and body. Book that massage and staycation you’ve been dreaming of! While the kids are away, it is the perfect opportunity to put yourself first. In between all that down time, here are some of the best things to do and places to visit in Singapore that may tempt you enough to leave the fluffy hotel bed.
Eat your way through Penang
While the not-so-little ones are away, what about a weekend jaunt to Penang? Only an hour and half flight away, Penang has lots to do and see, from street art to UNESCO heritage sites. And of course, we can’t forget their legendary food offerings. You will never be beyond a stone’s throw from something yummy to eat within George Town. Beyond assam laksa, Penang is also a rising star in the fine dining scene, so be prepared for your stomachs to expand.
Go offbeat in Singapore
Get that holiday feeling, without leaving our sunny island. Check out a suburb you’ve never been to before, learn about old trades, or bask in nature on Pulau Ubin. Sometimes, all you need is a change of scenery and perspective to make an old thing feel exciting again. Check out this list of alternatives to the touristy spots and see a different side of Singapore.
Explore Phnom Penh
If you’ve caught the travel bug too, consider Cambodia’s charming capital, Phnom Penh, as a holiday destination. The bustling city is only a hop and skip away from Singapore with a 2h flight time. Check out Phnom Penh’s street food scene, learn about the country’s history and marvel at the architecture. First time in Cambodia? Don’t worry, we got you covered with a guide on how to have an unforgettable stay in Phnom Penh.