South Korea on a 20k budget

I am writing this 6 months after my first solo adventure, yes it’s a bit late but might as well do this before I start planning for my next big trip (hint hint it’s called the Land of the Rising Sun).  Continue reading →

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2016 Year in Review: Travel

This year was a huge year for me. When I started in January I was expecting a few travels here and there, the big ones were: Hong Kong for a conference and Indonesia for a wedding. Little did I know that I would be heading off to another dream destination a few months after, Seoul, South Korea. That trip was a memorable first for me, I didn’t expect it but at the same time I welcomed it because it was an opportunity to travel solo, something I had been meaning to do for quite some time now. In the last part of my three part year in review series, let’s take a look back some of the best places I’ve visited this 2016.

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Tips for traveling solo

It’s been more than a month since I visited Seoul, South Korea and since then I still go back to that experience. As you may know, this was the first time I traveled solo and for me, it was a big leap. In the past I used to to travel with friends or with a few officemates for work. During those times, I would separate from the group and go explore on my own. Last month, it was a different story it was just me, my bags, and whatever stuff I had written on my trusty notebook. Looking back at those experiences, I’d like to share some of the tips that really helped me a lot during my travel.  Continue reading →

Seoul Adventure

For quite some time, I had been thinking of traveling alone. It was something I wanted to experience while I’m still young and able. But there were always a host of reasons why I couldn’t do it. The simplest of course was: fear, fear that something bad might happen to me, fear that I wouldn’t enjoy, fear of taking that deep plunge into the unknown. It was fear that also stopped me from traveling in my early 20s. But having had a few countries under my belt and the conference on historical reconciliation, there was really no reason for me not to go.
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Kyobo Bookstore

A new country, a new opportunity to visit the second best place in the world (don’t ask me what the first is, since I don’t even know myself), bookstores! Prior to leaving, I had already researched bookstores I should visit in Seoul, and I came up with two options: Kyobo Bookstore in Gwanghamun and What the Book in Itaewon. During my 9 days in Seoul, I only visited Kyobo, and I came out a happier kid after.  Continue reading →

Seoul Museum of History

It was my last full day in Seoul, I had about 12 hours or so to go around the city one last time and take in the sights. So far I had gone to 5 museums: National Museum, War Memorial, National Palace Museum, Seodaemun Prison Hall Museum, and the Demilitarized Zone. I wasn’t ready to call it a day, one last check in Google gave me a dozen options, but I decided to go with my passion, history.  Continue reading →

Demilitarized Zone Half Day​ Tour

Yesterday, I finally visited the Demilitarized Zone, a heavily fortified border dividing North Korea and South Korea after the conclusion of the Korean War in the 1950s. For years I’ve always wanted to visit this part of South Korea, promising myself that I would not leave Seoul without going to it. Yesterday, I finally had the opportunity to visit the border zone and it was a mix of excitement and disappointed.  Continue reading →