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My quirky travel habits

So ever since I took my very first solo staycation a month or so back, I’ve been thinking – maybe I’m ready to level up and take a solo trip overseas by myself.

I don’t think I really posted any updates but remember this post? Well, one of the things I did in pursuit of happiness (or at least some peace) was one weekend when Fatty, my husband, was away for his marathon, I sent the kids to my parents’ house and checked into a hotel by myself.  There, I ordered room service, went for solitary swims, slept a lot and binge watched Netflix.  It was absolute bliss.  Nobody yelling for Mommy. No doing what other people around me wanted.  I only did what *I* wanted to do which honestly was a bit tricky cos I’ve nearly forgotten how to make decisions for myself. :X

Anyway it was just refreshing. So much so that I think I will make it a point to do solo stays or trips by myself maybe once or twice a year just to rejuvenate.

So I logged on to to check out hotels.  And it occurred to me that for the first time in years, it was up to me to decide where I wanted to go, and how I wanted to stay.

No need to think of kid friendly places, or double beds and cribs for us and the kids or if they serve suitable meals for under 6s. Whether there is a baby pool, and so on and so forth.


No more not-ready photos!

It also occurred to me that I’ve forgotten what I myself want when I travel.  To me, half the fun of travel is planning because as you plan your itinerary and place to stay, you’re already halfway there and you’re just living in anticipation of the actual trip.

So in an attempt to rediscover myself wtf, here’s a list of things I must have in a hotel.

  1. It must be 4 star at least! Not about being atas (i.e. high class) but I’m very particular about this because…. one time I went to NYC on a whim, and just walked into the cheapest hotel I could find on Times Square, which has all time won the Fourfeetnine personal award for Worst Hotel I’ve Ever Stayed In.  Ended up getting my first ever UTI from that horrible hotel because the bathroom was filthy. T_T  Then a year later I found out that hotel was voted worst hotel in the USA  and had the most murder cases and dead bodies found there. T____T

HTFOT 22. It must have decent shampoo, conditioner and hair dryer. HAHAHAHA. Sounds damn diva right! But I’m too lazy to lug shampoo and conditioner bottles around and god knows, my hair needs conditioner. So I really appreciate a hotel that supplies quality hair products that actually work.  Hairdryers are important too – none of that namby pamby hair dryers that feel like someone breathing on your head. I demand real dryers with power!


3. Crisp white sheets and feather pillow.  Okay la yea this is diva for sure hahaha but I feel like a proper hotel experience must come with fresh white sheets (preferably made from Egyptian cotton)


HTFOT 54. Free bottles of water or free access to water.  Some hotels are just annoying – providing like two bottles of water and then forcing you to boil water or drink their mini bar Evian.  But to be fair I haven’t noticed this in recent hotels so maybe the trend is changing.

Okay the above list is actually quite nitpicky la hahaha. But we all have requirements when it comes to choosing a place to stay when we travel, and the beauty of is that while it has thousands of choices on the website, it also provides so many detailed filters to sort out exactly what you’re looking for.

For example, I was thinking if I do a solo trip, it would be to Tokyo hehe. Since I’m so familiar with the city, I feel comfortable and safe enough to go by myself and I can go shop as much as I want without fearing Fatty will get bored. Plus if I go eat alone, nobody will judge cos a lot of salarymen eat by themselves too lolol.

What are your quirky travel habits?

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  • Erica Thean

    You post has voice out my heart. I totally agree with you – I no longer knows how to make decision for myself. When come to food/drinks, I have to always think what my son want to eat or drink. I have to decide based on his interest as I’m worry he don’t want to eat what I have ordered. I have to make sure he eat healthy too etc….
    As for hotels, same things as I have to consider sufficient bed, kids friendly, got pool or not…
    As for time to wake up, I have to consider what time he wake up and before that I need to settle house chores etc…
    I have to watch movie based what he like, beneficial to him and interesting to him..
    I no longer how to make decision for myself… good example is when I saw a dress online, before I buy it will prompt to my mind whether my boy will like what I wear, is it appropriate to wear like that? My son will comment on how I wear as he will say – Mommy you look so fat or Mommy you look so aunty hahahahahah
    I’m no longer my own self.. which sometime I do feel like throw everything aside and walk off to somewhere for sometime…
    I’m a FTWM, my job requires alot of my times as I have projects on going, my boss is demanding too
    When got home, I do house chores like laundry, washing cup, boil water, etc…so make sure house is clean and ready
    Also have to take care his home work since he study in chinese school
    Then I got to go sleep and wake up 5+ and everyday is routine….
    I am really tired and exhausted at times, mentally and physically. But sometimes especially when I work late, it makes me feel guilty too…I’m thinking if I have done good for my boy as a mom…