Itching to travel? Only essential international travel is permitted for now, but in the meantime, here's something to consider: explore the offshore islands of Singapore, where you can escape city life without having to chop your passport or have to serve a stay-home notice upon your return.

Of course, it’s not the same as sunbathing on the beach in Bali or Phuket, and you can only take day trips (camping and overnight stays aren't permitted at the moment, more on that in a bit). But, hey, you get to reconnect with nature, and it’s probably the closest thing to a vacation right now (other than East Coast Park and Sentosa). 

Safe distancing rules that are in place on mainland Singapore will apply on offshore islands as well. So keep a safe physical distance from others, and your offshore island jaunt should only be in groups of five (or fewer). Visitors will also have to wear a mask at all times (except when doing strenuous exercises, including cycling).

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