Changi Airport in Singapore – a Home Away from Home
Changi Airport in Singapore is my favorite airport in the world. I’m an international tour director, so I’ve spent a lot of time in many airports all over the world. I’d choose Changi for a long layover over every other airport I’ve ever visited.
In fact, I can imagine setting up home at Changi. Haven’t you sometimes wished that you didn’t have to make your mortgage or rental payment every month? Or maybe you’d like to rent out your home for a nice price and find a cheaper place to live.
That’s pretty much what an anonymous Singaporean woman decided to do. She rented out her apartment in a popular area of Singapore and has spent the last eight years living at Changi Airport.
She didn’t intend to stay this long. She planned to stay just a short time, but it’s turned into eight years so far.
And she’s not the only one. Evidently, there are ten ‘regulars’ virtually living at the airport. As of the end of 2016, Eileen Ho and her boyfriend Daniel Soo had been at Changi for about seven months. They were asked to leave a month or two ago, so they may be gone by now.
What’s so great about Changi? As Daniel Soo said, “It’s pretty all right here. There’s free internet, free electricity and free water.” Not only that, there’s every kind of store that you can imagine – stores selling clothing, books, toiletries, electronics, and more.
In addition, there’s plenty of delicious food from fast food to fine dining. And so much greenery that you can enjoy nature without ever leaving the terminal.
Social service agencies attempt to contact and help the people who are camping out at the airport, but it’s often difficult to locate them at the huge airport.
Living at an airport, even one as pleasant as Changi, shouldn’t be someone’s first choice. In fact, Changi discourages people from making it their home away from home, but it’s nice to know that there are alternatives.