Japan is one of my dream destinations. The idea of visiting the country where Anime originated, where Cherry blossoms are everywhere, and where Ramen and Takoyaki are its finest, is simply heart-jumping.
Last March 2014, we decided to finally tick off one of our bucket list items and go to Japan- but with one condition- travel on a budget. Fortunately, I was able to create a DIY trip for only 12,000 pesos (food+transpo+lodging). Yehey!
Before I share with you our itinerary and adventures, let me list first my Personal Tips and Notes about traveling to Japan (Osaka and Kyoto).Continue Reading
We actually arrived Seoul around 11pm, and from Incheon Airport, we rode the bus 6015 and dropped of at Sejong hotel. The whole ride from Airport to Myeongdong costs 10,000 krw, and is very cozy.
Initially, I planned our first day to be in Nami Island. But, when I checked the latest weather forecast, I saw that there will only be snow in our second day, so I interchanged day 1 and day 2 itineraries ( since Nami is perfect with snow). We spent our first day on a Seoul City tour, visiting palaces, and simply wandering around the place.
1. Changdeokgung Palace
This is one of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty. The Changdeokgung palace has a very big land area, so just a headsup if you plan to bring your parents, be gentle on walking. We visited this palace specifically for its famous Secret garden, which is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Overall, I recommend you to visit this palace to feel the traditional palace spirit of Korea. And I really like the Secret garden because its a picture perfect place.
How to go: Take the subway, and alight at Anguk Station (Subway Line 3),Continue Reading
Creating a great itinerary on a limited budget that suits your travel interests and time is definitely a challenge, but this becomes easy when you allot enough time for it. Also, this is one of the best and fun things I enjoy in traveling. In creating your own itinerary, you will learn about the country while researching! Also, if you have the energy and the passion to have a Do-it-yourself trip, it is better since you can mingle with the locals and know more about their way of living.
In my case, for our Seoul trip last February 2014, I started creating our itinerary around November during my free time. If you want to create your own, remember to consider these 4 factors :
- Time /Schedule– how many days do you have in Korea? If you only have 3 days, then better choose the top 3 destinations you want to visit. Also, make sure that the destinations that you will visit are open on the day you plan to go there. Some palaces in Seoul are closed during Sundays and/or Mondays, so make sure to plot them on other days instead.
- Interests– why did you go to Korea? Is it for culture & history? foodtrip?shopping ?party in Gangnam? photography? or simply just to have the time of your life? This question is important because the “theme” that you will choose will be the main priority for your itinerary.
- Budget – how much can you spend for your whole trip (inclusive of hostel (in our case, we stayed in Myeongdong Global hostel) , transpo, food, and entrance fees?) Just to give an idea, for our Korea Trip, we just spent around 15,000 pesos per person for 5 days. Super cool right?
- People– who are you with in this travel?If you are with your friends, then it is ok to choose destinations that require lots of walking and adventure. But if you are with your parents, then better choose destinations that will not require too much walking (or if you have lots of money, then you can avail of arranged tours) since their knees are quite wobbly and easy to get tired already. Warning, Seoul has lots and lots of stairs and their subways are steep, and not all stations have elevator, so be prepared physically.
I love to travel. If I just have unlimited money, I will travel around the world…but I do not have it yet. So what I do is I always save money since I started working, allot 1-2 trips ( or sometimes, 3 ) per year to explore different countries, most of the time, with my family. And by the way, I always create our own itineraries to save a LOT of money, and be flexible at the same time! Cool right? So here I am sharing with you one of our great trips- Seoul, South Korea!
This post is mainly for first-timers and budget travelers. It’s mainly focused on visiting the famous Seoul tourist spots in the cheapest way possible without sacrificing the experience itself.
Here are the preparations you need to do for your Seoul, Korea Budget Travel!
1. Buy your tickets early
- I was able to buy our Seoul ticket for only ~5000 pesos roundtrip per person, last Oct2013, for Feb2014 travel. Most of the time, I always buy promo tickets from Cebu Pacific. This requires patience, and instant money or credit card. Promo fares are usually posted without prior notice, so better watch out! It usually starts 11 pm onwards, and by the time you wake up in the morning, most of the weekend tickets and prime destinations ( like Korea, and Japan) are long, long, gone. You can also add the Pisofare Facebook group and follow The Madaldal Kid Facebook group to stay updated on latest Airline promos.