Whether it is to go touring like crazy, meet friends, or relax, everyone deserves a trip from time to time on their days off. Money shouldn’t hinder us from getting those experiences. However, a lot of time, unfortunately, it does. So here are five tips on how to travel around South Korea on a budget.
No KTX, Yes Mugunghwa
I know, the KTX is fast and everything. But let’s be honest, South Korea is a tiny country! Unless you are in a hurry, the KTX is not really necessary. The KTX from Seoul to Busan is around 2 hours, the Mugunghwa is 5. Even with the Mugunghwa, a round trip to the other side of the country is a day trip.
So, if you are on a budget and still wan to do some inter-province travel, always look for Mugunghwa tickets. And, if the difference is significant, opt for the slightly longer day trip.
The Mugunghwa is very comfortable and, if you can’t take naps between stations, you can watch a movie or a drama. Watching some films you won’t even notice the longer amount of time spent on the normal train compared to the express. Combine both tickets with the round trip option and use the money you save to treat yourself to a meal in a very nice restaurant!
Actually, if you don’t have T-Money and you are already in Korea, please get one regardless of the length of stay. It is not just practical to travel in Korea on a budget without one. But, more than that, you can also save a few won when transferring from one bus to another. Remember the time between hopping off the first bus and hopping on the second, or transferring to the subway has to be within thirty minutes!
Hostels are the New Black
If you are already staying in Korea and want to go somewhere else for a short period of time, choose a hostel instead of a hotel. When you’re traveling to go places, you will hardly spend time in your hotel anyways. There are plenty of nice and cheap hostels out there.
If you are not in Korea already and you want to stay in the same city for at least two weeks, you can also try establishments that provide free accommodation in exchange for a few hours of voluntary work per week. Totally worth it!
Sights With No Admission Fee
There are so many amazing places you can go to that will cost you absolutely no money. Cultural, historical, natural… They are there for all ages and tastes to enjoy. I love parks but even if you usually are neutral about them, during summer they become great places to head to. And even some museums and galleries that have admission fees choose one weekend of the month and make the entry free. If you already know the ones you would like to visit, try checking their schedule in advance.
Choose Well Where You’re Going to Eat
You can spend a crazy amount of money in restaurants that are not even that good but you can also have the meal of your life paying a very low price.
Train your eyes so you can identify and differentiate these restaurants. Certain things sold in convenience stores are also worth it. If you are like me and also love kimbap, GS25 usually is the chain with the best kimbap sales!
Street food tends to be a good go-to as well, especially near traditional markets. Going for this option, you will get cheap and delicious food. Plus you can get some insight into local culture and cuisine, how nice is that!
Traveling is not about how luxurious the places you go to are, but rather about the experiences you allow yourself to have. Pay attention to the small things and try looking at things that happen before your eyes with special meaning. The secret to having a good trip is truly enjoying it!
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