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.