South Korea is now one of the most popular destinations in Asia. Some people say that the country is getting popular because K-pop and Korean dramas are now being recognized around the world. But for me there’s so much more about Korea, you just have to explore it.
Since your reading this, i bet you are planning to visit Korea anytime soon. So here’s some travel tips on how to enjoy your trip to Korea, as much i always do, and how to travel like a local.
Don’t join group or package tours. Explore and don’t be afraid of getting lost. You’ll discover a lot of things about the place and about yourself.
My very first solo travel happened in autumn of 2014 in Seoul. It wasn’t planned, it’s just that my friend’s visa got denied so I ended up travelling alone. I was scared at first since it was my first time, but then learned that travelling alone is one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done.
Research and plan well
There are so many places to visit in Korea. It would be easier for you to roam around when you know where to go and how to get there. It will save you a lot of time and you can visit as many places as you can. Before going to Korea, I always prepare a detailed itinerary so I can also budget my trip. If you want to know about the places you want to visit, check out the official site of the Korea Tourism Organization.
Go out early and stay out late
I usually go out as early as 6am or 7am especially if I’m going to far places and stay out until 10pm to maximize the time.
Meet the Locals
Most Koreans cannot speak English. But that doesn’t stop them from being so welcoming and helpful to people especially to tourists.
Koreans, I should say, love the Filipinos. Something to do about history. I’ve experience it myself during my first trip. There’s this Ahjumma in the subway, while waiting for the train, she smiled at me and asked me if I’m from Malaysia. When I said I’m from the Philippines, I was surprised by her reaction. She seemed so happy to meet me and told me that Korea and Philippines have good relationship and we had a really good conversation. When I got on the train, there’s an old couple who also asked me if I’m from the Philippines and started talking to me in Korean and unfortunately we didn’t understand each other. That’s when I decided to learn Hanguel. That was probably one reason why I got so attached to this country.
Wear comfortable shoes
Trust me about this one. It doesn’t matter what your OOTD is but if you really want to explore Korea, wear comfortable shoes. You’ll do a lot of walking, I’m pretty sure about that.
Remember this things and I’m sure you’d want to come back to Korea right after your trip. What fascinates me most is their deep history and rich culture. I’ve been to Korea 5 times already and now I’m planning for my next trip. So, let’s go and explore Korea.