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traveling to South Korea, need advice

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1. Posted by Avaia (Budding Member 6 posts) 2y

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So I'm currently planning a trip to south Korea (nothing is actually set at the moment though). I will be going for 7 days sometime next year, I will be going alone (to have a break from family and stress). It will be the first time I will have gone out of the country alone (im currently 17 and from the UK, but I will be 18 when I travel) I am going to be staying at a cheap little hostel in Seoul. I need a few questions answering about my trip. 1. How much will I need to take (gbp)? I will be eating traditional food and will avoid anything western 2. What should i take in my suitcase? 3. What is Seoul like? Is it safe at night, do people understand English...stuff like that 4. Some advice for a first time lone traveler 5. Advice about staying in a hostel 6. Anything you think could be useful :)

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 2y

Honestly, for your very first time away from home I think travelling all the way from the UK to Seoul for only 7 days is nuts.

With such a tiny travel window why don't you choose a destination that is closer? All that expense, travel time and jet lag for only 7 days... doesn't make sense to me.

Good luck with your research.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by Avaia (Budding Member 6 posts) 2y

I have been abroard before to Europe and Africa and I have travelled to France alone but don't count that as my aunty lives there

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1595 posts) 2y

Most of the time when you buy your round trip plane tickets the price is the same if you go 7 days or 10 days. If you can stay a little longer you only need enough extra money for hostel, transportation, tours and daily food costs.

My experience with South Korea is too old but like many places you visit some things are similar. (When I actually stayed in Korea I was in the military and could take advantage of some subsidized accommodation and transportation.) I have flown through Incheon several times over the past 10 years and the Koreans I have come in contact with spoke enough English to understand me.

How familiar are you with Korean food? Many first time travelers to Asia start in Thailand where it is much cheaper and in my opinion the food is a little easier to take. (Unless you are familiar with Korean food already.) Koreans go to Thailand and Laos for cheap vacations.

As far as cost goes you can find out how much the plane ticket costs using the internet or visiting a travel agency. Take the amount of money you have saved up already subtract the cost of your plane ride and divide what is left over by 7 and you have what is available per day. You already know the cost of your hostel since you booked it already.

Broaden your opportunity for more help by also taking the time to do a Google search for this. There are many blogs by young people doing trips in Korea. My bare bones minimum would be no less than $160 per day US, about 100 GBP. You spend less you bring the remainder home. At my age think I would be more comfortable visiting S. Korea for no less than $200 US a day.

http://sarahinsouthkorea.blogspot.com/2012/01/backpacking-south-korea.html
http://www.backpacking-tips-asia.com/south-korea-facts.html
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/315020/lifestyle/travel/backpacking-101-seven-tips-for-budget-travelers

You know you need clothes for 7 days. What is important is what you can not bring on the plane. Check with your airline for what is not allowed on the flight. Show up for the flight at least 2 hours ahead of time not at the last minute. Allow enough time for security checks. Computers must be fully charged at some airports and you may be asked to turn it on. No knives, no big humongous containers of perfume, face cream, hand lotion allowed in carry on. Bags that are too big for carry on may be taken away.
http://www.heathrowairport.com/heathrow-airport-guide/heathrow-security/faqs

Usually for international flights you do not have to pay for a check in bag. If this is the same with your airline you can use that extra bag for souvenirs you buy.

Passport up to date? Check visa requirements for the country passport you will visit Korea with.

Don't get drunk with total strangers or someone may take advantage of you. Definitely no hanging around with guys who do drugs or you might also have problems with police.

Good luck.