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Travel Tips for South Korea

February 25, 2015

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I gotta say, this was an odd TL;DR to handle, because it put us in a very different position. Everything we do in these videos of ours is from the perspective of people living in South Korea. However, we meet tons of people that are just visiting for a week or two, and so we started wondering about what we could say that might make their stay easier. Learning how to recycle or turn on your ondol isn’t really that useful if you’re in a hotel, right? We’ve met far more visitors than expats in Korea, so we figured it was time we talked more specifically to the crowd of people that are coming to South Korea for a vacation. So here are some more things you should prepare for if you’re just visiting. Let’s go!

Don’t Take Black Taxis

I don’t really hear people talking about this enough. Well, let me rephrase that: you can take black taxis, but they’re more expensive than regular taxis. Why? Supposedly they’re given black taxis if they drive ten years without an accident. Hell if I know how anyone could do that. I almost get clipped on a daily basis. IT’S SO STRESSFUL TO DRIVE HERE! So, if you’re ok with paying extra, take a black taxi, and just ask him how he’s so damned good at driving.

Don’t Read Korea Tourism’s Website

If you want to wear a hanbok and climb a mountain and eat bibimbap (did you know that Korea has four distinct seasons?!) then it might be your thing, but I’ve always found that Korea Tourism is more written from the perspective of what Korean people think foreigners are interested in rather than what foreigners are interested in. Korea Tourism would better be named “Korean Pride.” And, don’t get me wrong – climbing mountains and wearing hanboks and doing cultural stuff is great in itself, but Korea Tourism isn’t really trying to suggest things that anyone I’ve ever spoken with is interested in. They’ll suggest stuff like “Go to the Tulip Festival down in flin-flon nowhere” or stuff like that. AH! I know this point is gonna piss some people off. That’s just our take on the KTO. Maybe your experience is different.

Sleep In

Korean businesses don’t really open early. They’re more likely to stay open late instead, which is great for us, because we’re night owls, but we’ve had people visit us that are morning people, and they were bored to death in the mornings. Most of the cool shopping areas, the good street food stalls, all open later in the afternoon. So push yourself to stay awake later; you won’t miss out on much.

Take Your Hotel’s Business Card

This might sound basic, but we’ve had friends visit us once and, after teaching them how to drink in Korea, they didn’t know how to get back to their hotel. It would have been easier if they had their hotel’s card on them, and just had given that to the taxi. All taxis have Navigation systems in them, so they can type in the addresses easily. So, just in case, bring a card with you, so you can enjoy a night if drinking if you feel like it :D

So that’s it for all we can think of at the moment. I’m sure we’ll remember something else in the comments and we’ll mention it there for sure. Otherwise, let us know if you’ve traveled to South Korea and if there were some things you wished you knew before you got here. Yeah!

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  1. Kansas City Airport you only go through security when you go into your terminal which has little to no food, drinks etc. Just as EYK said, Everything is outside. Unlike many others where you basically have to go through security just to get in, and once you do, you have a world of restaurants and stores to select from. However, mine, you go through security, into your personal flights terminal, with 1 snack vendor, and cannot leave. You get 1 place, 1 PLACE to get food! 1! It was up to 3 dollars per waterbottle at that stand too. So off course I suggest you bring a snack and drink lots before you go in.

    5 years ago
  2. Thanks for your tips. They will be quite useful when any of us comes to South Korea! ^-^

    There is one thing I would give as a tip when traveling to Bavaria (one of the 16 German states):
    If you want to take the train, get yourself the socalled “Bayernticket”. This is a special ticket which you can use to travel with every regional train in Bavaria as well as use the subway or busses. It costs 23€ for one person and you can add up to four people for 5€ each. So maximum it’s 5 people traveling a whole day for 43€, which is a bit more than 8€ per person.
    The Bayernticket has more options to choose from. You pay 23€ for a simple ticket with which you can travel at day (not at night) in 2nd class. First class in the trains as well as the ticket for the night will cost you more.
    What’s really great about it is that you can actually use it to get to Salzburg in Austria which is famous for being the “Mozartstadt” (Mozart city) because Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born there and you can find there the original Mozartkugel. Salzburg really lies just behind the borders to Germany so you are allowed to get there with the Bayernticket. I’m don’t think you can go on the busses in Salzburg with the Bayernticket, though.

    5 years ago
  3. London, UK
    – London is expensive in terms of accommodation and food a lot of the time. Public transport isn’t too bad around one city but trains between cities are pretty expensive. Try and book all train tickets to and from different cities in advance – advance fares are far cheaper. Day return tickets are often the best deal and you can visit places like Oxford, Cambridge and Brighton for a day (all have 1 hour direct trains). Definitely go out of London if you can. I’ve written tips for London because that’s where a lot of tourists go and I currently live here. But the UK has so many beautiful towns and cities and countryside – please explore, even if it’s just for a day!
    – For transport between the UK and the rest of Europe I use http://uk.voyages-sncf.com/en/
    – For travelling around London loads of Londoners now use the app Citymapper London https://citymapper.com/london – it’s amazing! Public transport options, walking options, costs, times, last trains. (Watch out for last trains/tube – the tube is not 24 hours and some lines close earlier than others, especially on Sundays.)
    – Agree with another nasty’s comment about Heathrow being the best airport. I think the best option to get into central London is to take the tube (Piccadilly Line – dark blue) – it’s underneath the airport, is relatively quick and will cost a few GBP per person depending on whether you have an oyster card or not. If there are a few of you to split the cost and you have a lot of luggage then pre-book a taxi for a set price (I use Cab Mania http://www.cabmania.com/ to bid taxi companies against each other).
    – Get an Oyster card – again, another nasty has said this below – buy one, use it on all public transport in London, and then return it to get your deposit back.
    – Avoid travelling on public transport during commuting hours – 07.30 to 09.00 and 17.00 to 18.30 Monday to Friday. You will get squished!
    – Londoners on mass always seem to be in a hurry, on a mission to get from A-B and are probably looking at a screen. But most individuals are friendly! Do ask for help and directions and if you get an especially friendly person then ask for restaurant tips and places they like as well :) I love helping tourists when people ask me things.
    – Our museums are popular for a reason – they’re great and most stuff is free! If you go to a main one like the British museum or the V&A I highly recommend the tours. There are many everyday, most are free, they take you around really interesting parts of the museum and the guides know loads of stuff. Also try some of the smaller museums that London has – google London museums and there’s bound to be one relating to something you love – like the Sewing Museum or some of the fashion and film museums.
    – Go on a walking tour – TripAdvisor has loads of options and they’re a great way to see an area of London or do something quirky like a London filmset locations or Harry Potter tour.
    – Try and walk around London if you can – you’ll see so much more. Places are closer than you think. If it’s one or two tube stops, walk it instead.
    – Do not get an expensive tourist bus – get a day bus pass on your oyster and use Citymapper or the maps at bus stops to take regular buses between the big sites like Big Ben and St. Pauls.
    – Go to some of the famous bridges either super early when it’s quiet or at night when everything is lit up – London is beautiful along the river when it’s peaceful at dawn or all lit up at night.
    – I’m not sure how it would work for tourists, but I use an app called YPlan (https://yplanapp.com/) to find last minute and therfore cheaper tickets to events, music, shows, etc.
    – My favourite hot chocolate (it’s more like a pudding) in a very cool cafe is Scooter Cafe on Lower Marsh, Waterloo.
    – Use http://www.afternoontea.co.uk/ to find afternoon tea locations.

    I keep thinking of things so I’m going to stop now :)

    5 years ago
  4. Okay, so I’m from Hawaii..
    Just some basic tips..I saw a post about US tips like what to do and what not to do while in an airport and things like that..those still apply here!!!~

    Also..
    1. Don’t ask locals if we speak English, live in grass huts/shacks..it’s annoying.
    2. The mall downtown is pretty okay but it’s a touristy spot, there’s better places to go out to eat or shopping.
    3. Bring a swimsuit, light jacket, umbrella and heavy duty spf sunscreen..super sunny during beach days.
    4. Locals speak pidgin..it’s basically English slang from when our state was being annexed..everything differs so sometimes sentences sound weird to other people.
    5. Catch the bus wherever you go, cheaper than catching a taxi..but if you do happen to go by taxi make sure you ask them to get you to your destination ASAP since the fees are expensive.
    6. DON’T be afraid to ask for directions..scenery here has changed and we’re currently building a rail system in our state so there’s gonna be a lot of construction going on..don’t be afraid to ask how to get around it.
    7. Lastly, have fun!~ safe fun that is C:

    5 years ago
  5. Tips on Traveling to Chicago:

    #1 Taxi Cabs are expensive. Prior to getting in a taxi, ask if they’ll take credit cards, by law, ALL Taxi cabs in Chicago (yellow cabs, checkered cabs etc) have to accept credit cards. If you find yourself in the cab and the guy says his credit card is broken, say “OK, let me call 311” Call 311, make a complaint while in the cab, give them the cab # and you’ll see how magically that card reader works. They may drive you to an ATM, but if this is the case; make sure the meter is NOT running. If they try to kidnap you, call 911. (Rule of thumb: take photos of license of the cab driver posted on the window)

    #2 You need a Ventra card to ride the trains or buses. Bus riders do not give change, so carry $1 or coins.

    #3 If you plan on visiting the museums: The Museum of Science and Industry is a long effing walk from the rest of the museums @ Museum Campus. Take advantage of your student ID and ask for a student discount. Note that a cab ride from Ogilvie transportation center to the Field Museum is about $12 – $15. You will often find limos or black cars that will drive you, but they charge an upwards amt. of $35. You can haggle with them to lower the price, just make sure the fare is not per person. User Uber and Lyft at your own discretion. Ask for a card from cab drivers, that way you can call for a cab, but many museums have free pay phones that will allow you to call a specific cab company.

    #4 For foreigners wanting to see exotic dancers (either male or female): go to dearborn street. Not what you’re looking for? Ask any bouncer outside of a bar to hook you up with a reputable strip club. Chances are, they’ll give you VIP passes as many are affiliated as security at these establishments. You pay no cover.

    #5 Deep Dish Pizza: Chicagoans don’t eat deep dish pizza on a regular basis. If you go to Giordano’s or UNO’S, please know that you will be waiting AT LEAST 1HR for your pizza. You order, you wait, then you’re taken to your seats, and bam! Out comes your pizza. This is not the place to go if you’re dying of hunger.
    #6 GO TO PORTILLO’S!!!! Each Portillo’s restaurant has a different theme, get a slice of chocolate cake, eat a hot dog or ribs. Everything is delicious!

    #7 Want to see the Skyline but not pay the ridiculous fee at the Sears Tower? Go to the Hancock Building’s Signature Room instead. Don’t pay the $35 fee, but tell them you’re going to the bar at the Signature Room. This is on the same level as the observation deck in the Hancock Building, buy a beer, sit down and enjoy the view without that hefty fee.

    #8 Go to the Cheesecake Factory at the bottom of the Hancock Building.

    #9 Be aware of your electronic devices while walking. People can snatch them off your hands.

    #10 Surprisingly, there are many hostels in the down town area for foreigners! All within a walking distance to Michigan Avenue.

    #11 Put ketchup on your hot dog! No one will judge you for it, WE REALLY DON’T CARE!

    #12 We have baseball, soccer, football & hockey teams all in Chicago-so take advantage of the seaons and go see a game.

    #13 Dress for all seasons as you will often experience them all on the same day.

    #14 Millenium Park offers free music, and lots of art! We call it the Bean, not Cloud Gate, it’s the Sears Tower, not the Willis Tower! Enjoy our city, enjoy all the culture and all the ethnic food. Want more? Hope on a train and go into the suburbs!

    5 years ago
    • having visited Chicago multiple times, I know one thing that surprised me was how often drivers honk their car horns. love the city. And on #7, we were just there around Spring Break…the line for the Signature Room bar was crazy long and they do require you buy a drink to sit down. But, in the bathroom of the bar there is a full length window and you can see out. But, if you’re willing to spend a little money (less than the cost of Sears Tower), go to the actual restaurant. If you don’t go during peak meal hours, the hostesses manning the line for the Signature Bar will send you straight up to the restaurant. Get seated, order a dessert or share an app and get a drink. Beautiful views!

      5 years ago
    • The second part of the first one is very important!!! I used to live an hour away from Chicago, so I visited quite a bit. If you’re ‘too nice’ to the driver, he may take it as you flirting and drive you somewhere you didn’t ask to go, or just refuse to stop once you get to your destination. Be careful.

      5 years ago
  6. I will recommend that somehow you investigate the “definitively DON”T go there, You will Die” places… I am living in the US for almost 3 years now, but back on my country there are some places that you can not go if you are an unknown person a.k.a tourist… I am planning to go to Korea maybe next year, I am already looking up for the “don’t go there” areas…
    Advise #1: Look for the “don’t go there, you will die” places
    Advise #2: For God’s sake DON’T GO THERE, not even near areas…

    5 years ago
    • I’d like to see this and the opposite video of places you absolutely HAVE to go to.

      5 years ago
  7. So yeah here are some tips for visiting Germany

    Public transportation is your best bet to get around. By the way it’s not for free. Even though you can usually get on trains or the subway without going through electronic checks, every now and then there will be ticket inspectors on the train. Taxis are really expensive. Also should you consider getting a car don’t try driving in the inner city you won’t find parking spaces and most inner city shopping areas are pedestrians only. If you’re American you should be aware that gas prices in Germany are about thrice as high as in the USA

    Tickets for the ICE (inter city express) trains tend to be very expensive. Try taking the RE (regional express) if you’re traveling inside one Bundesland or take a coach.

    Always make sure you got cash with you. Lots of places don’t accept cards and if you’re not in a shopping district there probably won’t be any ATMs around. Also from my experience VISA gets accepted more often than Master Card or American Express

    Most shops open at 10am and close at 8pm in the larger cities. Convenience stores often open earlier but they still usually close at 8pm. In smaller cities shops often close at 5pm and they may be closed for lunch. Sunday is a holiday bakeries tend to be open for a few hours in the morning but all other shops will be closed even in big cities.
    The exception to this are all central stations in big cities shops there are usually open 5am to 11pm on all days

    If you want to visit museums or touristy places check beforehand whether they are open. Lots of places will be closed one day of the week.

    Nightclubs are usually open until 5am don’t bother getting there before midnight.

    The central stations (or generally all large subway stations) in major cities are places you don’t want to be around in the evenings… except for the new central station in Berlin that one is awesome

    Starbucks is just about the only place were you will find free wifi. Many hotels don’t have free internet access either EVEN IF YOUR BOOKING SITE SAYS THEY DO, also hotels often block certain websites which websites is pretty random and may include youtube and facebook

    Don’t jay walk it’s technically illegal you will probably not get in trouble but you will just stand out a lot. Especially don’t jay walk if there are any kids around that’s sets bad example and people in Germany REALLY can’t stand it (the expression people here use roughly translates to “If a child sees you crossing at a red light it’s your moral obligation to get run over”)

    All people in Germany have to take English classes in school. If you want to ask something try your luck with someone looking like they might be just out of school. Not everyone speaks enough English to be able to hold a conversation but lots of people will be able to understand you especially if you’re talking loudly on public transportation and they will talk about it and judge you and if you’re really unlucky they might even decide to tell you what they are thinking about your conversation.

    Also please do remember that a lot of symbols the Nazis used are illegal in Germany. This includes the Nazi salute even if you’re just doing it as a joke you may get fined.

    5 years ago
    • Wow, that are plenty of tips! Great that you could think of so many. :)
      I would like to respond to some:
      I do not know where you are from. However, it IS possible to find parking spots even in the city. That is, if you’re willing to pay. ;)
      Open Wifi is getting more common, or so it seems. My hometown is small, not even 70000 inhabitants. Yet our mall now has free Wifi (for two hours which is better than nothing) that sometimes even works when there are not too many people logged in.
      Also, the German folk might not be the nicest on earth but they are certainly not as mean as you decipt them. >.< Actually, I personally think that you might talk about older people. Some of them can be really forward and rude. Not every German is judgemental, though. :D

      5 years ago
      • Oh gosh you’re right, I think I might have worded that a bit strongly. I’m from Nürnberg. I did not mean to imply Germans are rude or mean in general. Most of them are really happy to talk to foreigners and genuinely interested in other countries and cultures. Unfortunately, I think the rude people are the ones travellers might come into contact with easier as they tend to be a lot louder with their opinion I honestly didn’t mean to generalize that for all Germans

        5 years ago
  8. My two tips for traveling to a generally non-English speaking country:

    1) KNOW SOME KEY PHRASES. “Where is the bathroom?” “I’m sorry but I don’t speak [language]; do you speak [your native tongue]?” etc. You will most likely carry an accent, but if you at least make a conscious effort, the people will understand and try and help you the best they can. I’ve found hotel, business/shopping, and restaurant services skyrocket in friendliness when I’ve tried to speak in the country’s official language. It doesn’t help to write it down, too, if you’re too nervous to speak. ;D

    2) Hostels are awesome! They are cheaper in price for lodging, but do be wary that some hostels are “spring break” focused… if you know what I mean. *coughcoughdrinkingpartieshavoccoughcough* Just research the hostel before booking!

    5 years ago
  9. Tip for traveling to America: don’t use the TV show Jersey Shore for language practice. The N-word is not OK in polite company. Yes, I had to actually say this to somebody. I said good morning, they said sup mah n*****. I laughed it off, but explained to them that Jersey Shore is not the best example of polite English conversation and they should rarely, if ever, repeat what they hear from it.

    Don’t use Jersey Shore.

    5 years ago
  10. If you’re traveling to Toronto:

    If you’re traveling light and your hotel is downtown, take the TTC Airport shuttle! It’s $3 and connects to the Subway (fare is transferable). It takes 40 mins average from the airport to downtown via transit, which is shorter than being stuck on the highway, or paying $50 for a cab to take you downtown.

    If you’re American, do not assume all stores will take US currency. Some will, some wont. If some do, you will get back Canadian change, and the exchange rate will be crap. You are traveling to another country that does not share the same currency. Do not treat stores as your own personal bank.

    Since I’ve been lucky to go numerous times (family lives there), here’s some tips if you’re going to Portugal:

    FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, DO NOT ASSUME PEOPLE SPEAK OR UNDERSTAND SPANISH.

    Different country, different languages. It’s a touchy subject, and you run the risk of greatly offending someone. Most young people don’t care, but you will rue the day you say something in Spanish to the wrong Portuguese person and they are flippant, rude, or tell you off. In Portuguese. :P

    Learn some basic phrases (Hello, Good morning/afternoon/night, thank you, sorry, how much, where is the bathroom, ‘I speak little Portuguese’ etc). Most people will know some English, and will try to help you. But at least try to speak in Portuguese. Meet them halfway. :)

    If you’re at a cafe, you will be charged more if you sit outside vs inside. This isn’t a tourist thing; they do this to everyone. Also, skip Starbucks. Much better coffee is in the family owned places. And no one takes their coffee ‘to go’.

    If you’re eating at a restaurant, the bread/olives/pate/butter at the beginning of the meal is NOT free. You will be charged for it on your bill. It’s called a ‘couvert’, usually 2-5 euro a person, depending on the quality of the restaurant. On the flipside, CHECK your bill! Some places will try to charge you for it anyway. A quick chat with the manager will sort it out.

    If you’re going to Lisbon, people will offer you drugs on the street (mostly hash). Laws for personal consumption are lax (decriminalized) there. Just keep walking if it’s not your thing.

    In ANY major city centre, watch your purse/bags. Sadly, pickpocketing is an issue on the trams and in crowded areas.

    Do not wear gym shoes when sightseeing. That’s the easiest way to spot a tourist.

    5 years ago
  11. My

    Tip for traveling to Sweden: it might get difficult to get ahold of cash since many banks don’t handle cash anymore. Make sure you can use your bankcard or change your money before getting here!

    5 years ago
  12. One major tip if you ever travel to France:

    If you have to use public transports (including trains, planes, etc.), always check the company’s website beforehand for any potential strikes. And if any is announced, make a plan B just in case (or if possible ‘^^). Because French love for strikes isn’t a myth.

    5 years ago
  13. Two tips:
    1) For girls… Don’t be afraid to use the etiquette bell in the bathrooms… It may be confusing what it there for, but it just makes “flushing water noises” to camouflage any noise you’re making
    2) If you rent a car and a navigation system. Get the Korean version, it’s cheaper. And you can find destinations easily by searching for the phone number (so also make sure you have that)

    5 years ago
  14. Tips for anyone travelling to Vancouver, Canada:

    1) Is your hotel in downtown or somewhere close to a station? If so, take the Canada Line. You will save more on this than paying a taxi to take you there. You’ll still have to walk a bit, but if you want to save, it’s a good option

    2) If you plan to go on buses, carry loose coins all the time or buy a book of bus tickets. The jerks who run the transit, Translink, only accept coins and fare tickets on the bus. Best to be prepared and get bus tickets. Also, know what zone you are going to. Traveling to another municipality means it will cost more on the bus.

    3) Try to avoid driving everywhere. If you plan to go to Whistler/other mountain, hiking, Cloverdale, or any place where transit might not take you there, it’s best to take a car. If you are only staying in the main Vancouver area, you can manage by taking transit everywhere.

    4) Explore the food scene. Look, I know many may have seen a food show praising Japadog. But to us locals, it is over-priced, a tourist trap, and ok at best. There are a lot of little places that serve some of the best food you will find. It is best to find some food bloggers in Vancouver to see where you’d like to go and where these places are.

    5) Bring cash if you are going to Asian food establishments. A majority don’t accept debit or credit.

    6) Bring your umbrella everywhere, unless it is July or August where it doesnt rain that much. It rains in Vancouver. A lot. It can be unpredictable.

    5 years ago
  15. I’m from Atlanta, but I feel like there isn’t anything good advice (except avoid MARTA and downtown because they’re both sketchy lmao) so here are some tips for traveling to Charleston, SC:

    1. If you’re driving a car, just know you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for parking. The only parking that’s free is the battery on the weekend, otherwise you are more than likely parking in a private parking lot where you are susceptible to towing.
    2. Be careful when it comes to the taxi service Uber – it’s actually banned here now, but a lot of people still use the service. You can’t get in trouble if you’re caught using Uber.
    3. Don’t go shopping when the cruise ships arrive. Otherwise you’ll be fighting crowds.
    4. The open air market really isn’t that great. It’s just a bunch of the same stuff (hot sauces, hand-made jewelry, some meh clothing, etc.).
    5. If a kid asks you to buy a sweet-water grass flower/basket just say no. They’re overpriced and they are pretty good at distinguishing who the tourists are so just be aware.
    6. If you see a little rubber half-sphere with a flag on the street, don’t pick it up. It marks where the horses did their business (since there are a lot of horse carriage tours here).
    7. Be aware that Charleston is in fact a college town as well, so be prepared to deal with a lot of drunk college kids on the weekends, especially on upper King.
    8. On that note, please don’t walk slow, and especially don’t walk on campus. We are college kids that hate slow walkers and we have places to be.

    Haha I got kinda negative there towards the end, but if anyone has any questions I’d be glad to answer them.

    5 years ago
    • With #2 I mean to say that you CAN get in trouble for using Uber.

      5 years ago
  16. If you’re travelling to the United States-

    1) All US airports are really strict about what goes in and out of security, and about how liquids, gels, and aerosols are packed. Please read up on the TSA regulations. The TSA is the federal company that regulates airport and security rules, and they have a nice website here for traveler information: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information . I highly recommending familiarizing yourself with the 3-1-1 rule, which is that liqiuds, gels, and aerosols ((includes most make-up)) can’t be larger than 3.1 ounces and they all have to be put in a single quart-sized clear zip-lock plastic baggie. Martina, you mentioned in a open the happy video once that some airports throw out some of your creams and make-up in your travel kit. If you’ve had this experience at any US airport, it’s probably because the creams and make-up weren’t in a quart-sized plastic baggie.

    If you have any questions about what to bring or how to pack, The TSA site has a nice little page where you can type in what items you want to bring, and it will tell you if it’s allowed and where to pack it. http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items

    2) Food and drinks aren’t allowed through airport security here in the US, not even water. So eat before you get to the US security check-point, and finish your drinks beforehand. But once you get past security, if you’re at a connector flight, there are plenty of places to eat in the airport terminals. Restaurants, fast food, junk shops, we got ’em all.

    3) If you’re coming from another country, chances are you’ll have a connector flight at the airport in Dallas, Texas. I highly suggest having a map of the Dallas airport with you, because the Dallas airport is HUGE- so huge that you need to take a train to get from one terminal to the next. So please familiarize yourself with it beforehand.

    4) Public transportation in the US is hit or miss. Only the big cities in the country and the really populated states along the east and west coast have public transportation. Public transportation in Philly is amazing, but in South Jersey it’s horrible and unreliable. So unless you’re going to a huge city like NY, Philly, LA, etc., expect to have to rent a car.

    5 years ago
    • For your food tip… you mean avoid bringing things like fruits, right? My family and I have been bringing cold lunches to the airport (for both continental and international flights) and we’ve never had our food taken away from us. :/

      5 years ago
      • Lol I was going to say the same thing, you can bring almost any type of food through security.

        5 years ago
      • Yeah, you absolutely can bring food through TSA. There are going to be some food items restricted by *customs* on international flights, but not by standard security.

        5 years ago
  17. Tips on travelling to the UK:

    – Don’t bother with London. Seriously. It’s over-priced, difficult to navigate and just a lil bit up itself. Try visiting some of the other larger cities instead!
    – Bring a sweater, a waterproof jacket, and prepare for rain. Ignore the weather forecast, the BBC don’t know shit. Just pack them and have them ready in your hotel room.
    – Have a look at a British slang guide and be very, very aware that barely anyone in the UK speaks with a cockney accent. We’ve got some other great regional accents to choose from!

    Tips on travelling to Canterbury, UK in particular:
    – Avoid travelling during school holidays. We get a lot of school groups coming through town and the magic is kind of lost when you’re trying to fight your way through the crowds of little kids.
    – Try to sleep in and stay up late. After 5pm is Canterbury’s glory hours. Great food, good music and plenty to do.
    – Get a taxi number. I recommend Longleys as they don’t charge after midnight.
    – If you’re going to or staying at the university, it is ill-advised to walk. Its a couple of miles up hill from the city centre. Get the bus. You’ll know which one it is because it’s bright green and says UNIBUS on the side.
    – Go to the Cathedral. Might seem obvious but seriously go. It’s awesome.
    – Thursdays are £1 a pint night at the Penny Theatre.
    – There isn’t a big supermarket in the centre of town so if you’re self-catering you’ll need to go to ASDA on sturry road or sainsburys on northgate.

    And finally,

    Go to the Chocolate Cafe. Chocolate, coffee, wine. What else do you need?

    5 years ago
  18. Tips for going to Mexico :)
    1) don’t exchange money at the airport do it outside the airport or before you come.
    2)might want to bring face mask thingy because Mexico city is very polluted but it is not as bad as Beijing China.
    3) don’t let anyone carry your bags at the airport for you, even if they work there they will charge you a lot of money for that maybe up to 20 bucks. Make sure you find a taxi or bus( they are both cheap) the buses are extremely nice and even have wooden flooring and wifi on board and tv and free quality snacks like sandwiches and free drinks. Taxis just depends on how far you are going as usual.

    3) Don’t ever drink the tap water even though it is safe to drink because you will not be use to the water ( if that makes any sense).

    4) EVERYTHING IS PAID IN CASH!!!! NOBODY USES CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS CUZ THEY CAN GET STOLEN!!!

    5) ALSO BE AWARE YOU WILL GET CHARGED MORE JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE FOREIGNERS…. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE PRICE BEFORE HAND AND EVEN IF THEY SAY IT IS THAT MUCH AND THEY ARE WRONG… it is probably best to just leave it at that because most stores are family run, few are franchises. ALSO it is best to leave it as that because you don’t know what kind of” protection” the stores have.

    4) Be respectful of our religion majority of us are Catholics so just be prepared how religious we r and how many churches there are LOL

    5) there will be A LOT of homeless people on the streets… be prepared to see people who are missing legs and arms and people with babies crying asking for food to feed their children… it’s very sad so just be prepared with ur spare change cuz little kids also like to clean cars windshield and sell gum
    6) overall it is a really nice beautiful place and I barely gave any advice but just remember to have fun Mexicans are very welcoming too :)

    5 years ago
    • In response to your Tips:

      #1 – Send yourself money to a Western Union prior to arriving there if you’re not carrying a lot of cash with you, or if you know you will be staying at a friend’s or relative’s house. If the latter is the case, make the transfer under their name.

      #3 – You CAN drink the water in Mexico. It’s a matter of letting your body get accustomed to the microorganisms & bacteria there. Like in any country that you go to, you will get diarrhea from drinking the water because your body is not used to that particular bacteria, but if you are staying for more than two weeks, start drinking the water in sips. They don’t make their aguas frescas from bottled water.

      #4 – You CAN pay with credit cards in major department stores and mom & pop shops. Always always ask for receipts, and ask before hand if they accept cards. Haggling for a price at a street market is common, and paying with cash is the common norm. But this is why you also tell your CC company that you’ll be making purchases outside the US and you check your statement right away. It’s actually a lot cheaper to use a VISA CC in Mexico as the exchange rate from Pesos to Dollars will work to your advantage.

      #5 This mainly applies to tourist areas. Who’s gonna charge you $50 pesos for a 2L Coca Cola?

      #6 I would recommend getting a taxi inside the airport rather than outside. If you fly into Morelia, Michoacan, make sure your flight arrives in the morning, not at night. (Reason: Dangerous to ride a taxi or bus at night). Taxi companies from the airport will track the taxi cab via GPS, they will ask you where you’re going inside, and they will call the taxi up if he deviates from the route. You can take buses at night, but do so at your own risk, preferably with a local. Note that depending in the area where you plan to go, because of the crime, many taxis may not want to take you there. Travel in the morning.

      My own tips:

      #1 Ladies: Keep the jewelry to the bare minimums unless you want to get robbed.
      #2 Eat your heart out.
      #3 Carry toilet paper with you – many places charge you to use the bathroom, some take it further that they even charge you for toilet paper.
      #4 Duty Free Shops, Customs & Airport Security: be ready to argue with customs officials as they will try to charge you for items purchased at Duty Free Shops–many times they’re looking for bribes. You can download a guide or ask for a Manual from the Mexican Consulate as to what things are and are not allowed to be imported & exported into the country. Bring it with you!
      #5 Be aware of your surroundings, dress accordingly and try not to stick out too much if possible–this is for your own safety as robberies can be common depending on what parts of the country you’re visiting)
      #6 If you rent a car: get the car insurance and be prepared to pay for parking if you’re going to a major name box store. In other areas, finding a parking spot might prove to be difficult.
      #7 Enjoy your stay!

      5 years ago
      • I FORGOT THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE!!!

        When filling out the Customs/Immigration forms on the plane, ALWAYS BUT ALWAYS write down more time that you will be in the country than your actual stay. If you decide to stay even one day over the time that you wrote down on the form, YOU WILL BE CHARGED A HEFTY FINE PER DAY!!!!

        5 years ago
  19. I agree with your comment about the KTO website– you’re much better off looking for blog posts written by foreigners living in/visiting Korea if what you’re after is real-life travel tips.

    Then again, since my dad used to work at KTO and did have some part in writing for their website, I feel like I have to explain their angle– basically they’re trying really hard (or more, being forced by the government, which owns them) to promote ALL of South Korea, since anywhere outside of Seoul, Busan and maybe Jejudo has yet to become a (comparatively) popular travel destination for foreigners. So yes, the site shows you where the Korean government WANTS tourists to go, not necessarily where tourists themselves prefer to visit.
    But I’m sure there are people out there who would love to try giving up conveniences like free wi-fi and English signposts in exchange for something less ‘mainstream’? I’d personally recommend the Temple Stay programs. They make for a unique experience (and temple food is DELICIOUS).

    I really do think the best possible way to travel in Korea is to get tips (besides the major ones you two covered here!) from someone who lives here. And if you’re a Nasty, you know where to find plenty of other Nasties who would be willing to help out!

    5 years ago
  20. Tips on traveling to Finland

    1. In the Helsinki area there is a subway and busses etc. but they aren’t the most effective. Plus if you want to go somewhere else in Finland (which I totally recommmend) there are trains that take you to these different places but once you get to these places you’re pretty much screwed if you don’thave a car. And some places don’t even have places to rent cars so you might want to look uprental places before hand.

    2. Finnish people might seem rude (and some of them might be) but people often mistake the quietness as people being mad etc. Most finnish people are just raised to think that if you have nothing important to say don’t say it. And a lot of people here enjoy the quietness. Of course there are exeptions but thta’s just the way most people are. So small talk really doesn’t exist here and people don’t talk to strangers.

    3. The internet can be pretty slow here so don’t be suprised.

    4. Be prepared for the weather. Depending on where you are going to stay in Finland the weather can be a bit extreme. It can get really hot in the summer and really cold in the winter.

    5. Come here either during the summer (june, july) or during winter (january, february). I think those are the best times of year to visit Finland. And if you come here during winter DON’T stay in Helsinki. Helsinki is just gloomy at that time of the year. Go to Lapland or somewhere else where it’s a bit colder amd has more snow.

    6. Things here might be more expensive than where you’re from. (But not like in Norway)

    5 years ago
  21. I can only give advice for people travelling to Belfast in Northern Ireland – a few pointers:

    1. Keep an umbrella on you at all times. You never know when there might suddenly be torrential downpour. Expect gale-force wind daily and don’t be surprised if there are hailstones in the middle of July. It could be hot, cloudy, windy and raining all at the same time.

    2. Shops are open early and close early. Cafes run from about 7am until 9pm, shops from 9am until 6pm. This is why Thursday is designated “shopping day” because on that day everywhere is open from 9am until 9pm. Restaurants, however, open from around 5pm until 11pm. You can find almost any food you want in a small area called “Botanic Avenue”: Hong Kong, Chinese, Italian, Korean, Irish, Indian, Nepalese, Mexican food all in the same street all run by people from those countries.

    3. There is no subway – The main mode of transport is by foot in towns and cities. Otherwise there are buses, trains and taxis abound and for those you will need cash. You can take buses and trains between towns and cities, but taxis can get expensive so only take them within a city. You can either call a taxi (supermarkets usually have free-phones directly to companies, or if you’re at a restaurant you can ask the staff to call one for you) otherwise there are usually taxis out on the street.

    4. If you have any clue about our history, please refrain from asking people what religious background they’re from or if they consider themselves to be British or Irish or other. It makes us uncomfortable because it used to mean the difference between whether you were let go or you were beaten to a pulp and/or killed. That’s slightly before my time but it’s something no one talks about.

    5. Don’t be surprised if people ask you why you came to Northern Ireland. It’s not because we don’t welcome foreigners, we’re genuinely curious. When we’re growing up we’re always told to “get out” of the country if we can – mostly because of the previous point and it’s kinda been a trend since the famine, so that people willingly come here is beyond our realm of understanding sometimes.

    5 years ago
  22. This is totes random, but I miss Simon’s red mohawk. That is all.

    5 years ago
    • You know what’s random? I actually thought about it yesterday, and how I used to do it so often. And then I remembered how bored I got of doing it and decided to change my look altogether. Who knows: maybe in 5 years I’ll have a non-beardo look again.

      5 years ago
  23. In Myrtle Beach SC and pretty much every where in the south east United States: RENT A CAR. Really, every thing is so spread out around the towns and cities down here that walking is not an option except for walking around in the historic districts of cities like Charleston SC, ext.. and there aren’t taxis on every corner you have to make a phone call for one to come get you.

    Also in Myrtle Beach remember if you get a hotel that is right on the water and it’s in the middle of everything, if the price is cheep, so is the hotel. If you’re looking for a deal pick a place that is a few blocks away from the beach. The same goes for condos for rent. Do your home work.

    Also DO NOT try and haggle at the tourist shops like at Broadway at the Beach. You can ask if they have a coupon or any sales/military discounts but don’t be annoying we don’t haggle.

    If you go to a resonant where you have a server PLEASE PLEASE TIP. These people are the hardest working people you’ll ever meet and they only work for tips. So 15 to 20% or more tip, an easy way to figure it out is to double the tax.

    You may want to get yourself a how to speak southern handbook too. We say things in a way that y’all might not understand. Example: “Would you look at that, looks like the devil is beating his wife with a frying pan again” and our words usually come out different. You might hear words like “yumpto” and “Rahtnaow”

    Also be aware that if you order tea it comes iced, unless you ask for “hot” tea.

    5 years ago
    • Even in charleston renting a car is ideal. Staying downtown in the historic district is going to be mega expensive. There are significantly cheaper hotels 10-15 minutes away from downtown. We had uber here for a little while but it got squashed and taxis are generally pretty shadey and unreliable.
      Also servers are paid something insane like $2/ hour so they really rely on tips

      5 years ago
  24. If you are coming to London,

    1. DONT PUSH IN QUEUES
    – The British probably won’t say anything to you but you’ll get glared at and tutted at and everyone will think you’re a massive prick, but queue jumping is just so frustrating and you’ll be seen as quite rude. And be prepared to queue for ages if you want to do any of the touristy things like the London Eye or the Dungeons, ect- they are always packed, especially in holiday season.

    2. Most people won’t apologise if they bump into you – if you’re in a smaller part of England or wherever then you’re like to get very apologetic people, but London is so busy and crowded and people are in such a rush usually that they’ll just ignore you and carry on so don’t be too offended if this happens. Londoners also find it weird if you speak to them, I mean most will be polite about it if you just ask for directions or the time but you might get a really startled look.

    3. Be careful if you’re wandering around London by yourself at night. It’s better to stay with friends and keep to busier areas, because I know plenty of stories of people who have been mugged or followed in London as I have quite a few friends living there.

    4. Taxi’s are expensive as fuck, try and keep to the subway/underground if you can. There are maps at every station and if you look at it long enough, you’ll figure it out. Trains comes like every minute so if you miss one you’ll be okay.

    5. Prepare for any kind of weather- British weather is bi-polar, it could be sunny one minute and then raining the next.

    5 years ago
  25. Interesting stories, vacation really brings so many problems sometimes because each country works differently.
    In The Netherlands people usually all speak English so that’s convenient for foreigners, but there are some things which could complicate things.

    1. NO CREDITCARDS! Just like in Japan, Dutchies don’t use CC’s. You want to buy food at the supermarket? You’ll need cash or debit card. The only places that use CC’s are like big furniture stores and all. I doubt you’ll buy that on vacation ;) All the other stores, cash and debit cards only.

    2. You can travel by public transport in The Netherlands, however… it’s pretty messed up XD In the larger cities it will work but with the new OV-chip cards it has gotten a lot more complicated for foreigners. Many have complained about that. You can’t always buy tickets at the bus so you could get stuck. HOWEVER! You can rent bicycles! Make sure you get a damn good lock with it because… bikes get stolen a lot, lol. That’s just because everybody wants one! They are by far the best means of transport in the cities. There are specific bicycle roads, so it’s usually very safe too. It’s cheap, you can get anywhere with them and you won’t have to get frustrated with the public transport ticket-problems. Just… make sure you lock your bike. Like… really lock it XD TWICE! Dutch people are nice people and very open people and… some people think your property is their property =_= Watch your precious belongings.

    Another thing…Sadly… most people who go to Amsterdam get stuck in one of the less fun parts of our country; drugs. Unfortunately people seem to think every Dutch people does drugs and all drugs are safe; they are wrong! Most Dutchies HATE the drugs sold in our capital and there are a lot of bad drugs being sold on the street which got people killed. Tourists were found dead from ‘bad trips’ sorta speak. So IF (I say you shouldn’t because drugs are just SO bad for you!) you are to get some, don’t get them from the street, please! Value your life! There are a LOT (and by that I mean a LOT!) of legal drugstores in Amsterdam where you can get some ‘safe’ (no drug is ever safe, it all ruins your health!) drugs. But let me emphasize again… don’t dp drugs people, just don’t do it!

    5 years ago
    • I would like to disagree. OV chip card has made life so much easier. You just need one card for every form of transportation. And like I said before with the 9292 app it’s very easy to use public transportation. Off course the train system is very fragile and whenever the weather is not ideal every train just gets delayed for no reason. But me being a student that travels A LOT I can tell you that this system is very very easy and and one thing that has made my life so much easier. As a foreigner you just need to google it and you’ll be able to travel in NO TIME!

      5 years ago
    • That’s useful, considering how we want to live in the Netherlands one day! Though the drugs don’t interest us, because we don’t do drugs, though every time we mention that we want to live in Amsterdam people assume we’re druggies.

      5 years ago
  26. Im going to korea for 8 weeks in april-june…… so i definitely need all advice i can get!

    5 years ago
    • Umbrella’s are your friend. Don’t leave without one. In addition to what they said about credit cards, I pretty much only used cash the entire time I was there (mid july to mid august for school). I took out 100,000 a week from an atm. If you’re using a credit card, check with your bank/credit union/whatever. My credit union had a MUCH better exchange rate than any other option, so buy withdrawing the cash I saved a ton of money. DON’T use exchange windows at Incheon airport, there’s a global atm right next to it practially. And don’t use them anywhere else either. The only place I ever had trouble finding a global atm was in Dongdaemun.

      5 years ago
    • I’ll be in Korea from April to May! I’m so excited! EYK had some really good advice! I’ll be staying in a hostel and meeting up with friends.

      5 years ago
  27. Tips for Texas

    1.Do not expect a Taxi! They are pretty much call service only. Rent a car! Even my family from the north will go ahead and rent a car. If you are parking (especially in Austin around 6th street which is the most famous place to club and drink in Austin) WATCH OUT! The signs for paid parking areas are sneaky and below the hood area. It will probably cost you 2 hours of your life and $200 to get your car back. Basically Austin is evil about Parking.

    2. If you want to try mexican food from Texas then don’t go to a chain. (Ninfas, On the Border). The best ones are little holes in the wall with Jalisco in the name. Most family owned restaurants will be closed on Mondays. So don’t think you’ll go get it on a Monday.

    3. Tip at Restaurants about 15% of the bill. If not you are pretty much killing your waiter or waitress’s only income at that job. If you don’t want to tip, then order take out and pick it up.

    4. Go to H-E-B instead of wal-mart if you want to pick up snacks. And in some cases, even if you want some electronics.

    5 years ago
  28. Tips for when shopping if you want a good deal, just understand how they speak money,ulma-eyo 얼마에요 (how much), and bissayo 비싸요 (expensive). The spellings may not be precise, but it is helpful to get them to bring down the price a little. Of course if you want a lot then go with a Korean. lol

    5 years ago
  29. if you’re visiting the US

    1.only a handful of cities have a subway or train system. most of the larger cities do have bus systems, but they tend to be slow, hard to follow and in many cases not very complete. taxis are expensive. depending on where you go, you’ll probably have to rent a car.

    2. check operating hours, especially on the weekends ESPECIALLY on sundays. lots of places are closed or have short hours on sundays, even some resturaunts.

    3. be wary of cheap hotels- even in touristy areas. in a major us city if you see a hotel for less than $80-$100 a night do some serious research on the neighborhood/hotel before booking. if you want something reasonably clean and in a ok neighborhood chances are you’re not going to find it cheap.

    3. visit the south. :) no offense to any one but service up north tends to be kind of hit or miss, usually miss. you get alot of cashiers and wait staff who seem to be annoyed that the have to work. in the south (generally) people are friendly, happy to have thier jobs, and very helpful.

    4. if you’re a smoker dont light up unless you see a few other people doing it. look around for n o smoking signs or indications that it’s ok to smoke there, like ash trays. in a lot of places, even outdoors, it’s illegal to smoke. your hotel room will probably be non-smoking too.

    5 years ago
    • Denver Tips:

      1. Colorado is a no indoor smoking zone as well, including patios.

      2. The weather can be described as bipolar, so be prepared for anything. Bring sweaters in the summer and t-shirts in the winter, no matter how counter-intuitive it seems.

      3. If you’re coming downtown from the airport, take the bus. There will be a train from the airport to downtown starting next year. Don’t take a cab from the airport; due to the airport’s location, that will be ridiculously expensive.

      4. If you’re going to use public transportation, single-day passes are available at the bus stations, which are open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Prices vary depending on how far you’re going from downtown.

      5. If you have evening free time downtown, pick up a copy of Westword (local free weekly). They have lists of events, concerts, bars, etc. for the week.

      6. If you buy marijuana, remember that you can’t take it outside of Colorado. Only buy as much as you can use before you leave.

      7. And finally, if you’re coming to the convention center, have your picture taken with the big blue bear. Little blue bears are available inside.

      5 years ago
    • FLORIDA TIPS

      1. Florida is a no indoor smoking zone! This also applys to the outdoor eating area at resterants in most cases so dont smoke in an outdoor eating area at resterants unless others are because youll be told to put it out uvu
      2. The tourism here is huge for two things, beaches and amusment parks.
      If youre visiting family itd be cheaper for the residents to buy tickets to places like disney world or universal as theyll get discounts because they live in FL. (And if you plan to ride more than one ride an hour definetly spend money on the fast passes WORTH THE 50 BUCKS) Also the food at these places cost alot, same for the gifts in shops, so try and limit what you buy or eat there, normally theres cheap places like SurfStyle near the beach to get gifts and if you look hard you can find cheap resturants too (but i know eating at disney is a huge thing so if u want to, try eating in downtown disney, its loads cheaper)
      I live near clearwater beach and i must say TRY AND NOT TO VISIT THE BEACH ON THE WEEKENDS youll spend forever in traffic if you leave later than like 10 and going home will be a pain. Theres a lot of street shops and peir/street shows just as the sun starts to set though so try and see those! The street performances are free to watch but try and donate money at the end, thats how they make a wage, its normally just courteous to do so. unu
      3. Two rules of thumb-
      A.The further from popular tourism places you are, the cheaper the food and stores tend to be, unless theyre name brand or popular shops.
      B- WHEN VISITING ANY TOURISM HOT SPOTS LIKE AMUSMENT PARKS ALWAYS LEAVE SUPER EARLY THE PARKING IS ALWAYS AWFUL AND SAME WITH THE TRAFFIC BOTH THERE AND BETWEEN PARKS

      5 years ago
      • I’m in Miami, and those tips ^^ apply down here as well.

        *Go to beaches on the Weekdays Mon-Thur. Friday is part of the weekend here. It will be packed and you’ll have no space to set up. South Beach isn’t the only beach here it’s just the most popular, Try going to Hallandale Beach its just as nice and not as crowded.

        *IN SOUTH FLORIDA SPANISH IS UNAVOIDABLE. If you look even remotely Spanish and don’t speak it you get a rude look and then ignored, so stay away from areas like Hialeah or have a Spanish translator on hand. It’s usually just the older Spanish people that never learned English that have attitudes.

        *Liquor Stores close at 11pm. Gas Stations and convenience stores sell beer and cheap wines but if you seem buzzed they might not sell to you.

        *MALLS* Dadeland Mall and Aventura Mall are well publicized and very nice and great places to hang out, but many locals don’t shop there unless you want to spend money, I recommend going to either Mall ONLY for:: Apple Store, Victoria Secret, Body Shop, Bath and Body Works, Sephora, To eat, and the department stores, (Macy’s, J.C. Penny). And Aventura has a movie theatre and is great for people watching. Dadeland does have good dining options too.

        *MALLS TO VISIT* Dolphin Mall:: Its an outlet mall (SALES AND EVERYTHING IS CHEAPER!) PLUS it has excellent dining options, a bowling alley, a theatre and Dave and Buster’s (an arcade/bar/restaraunt).And an Ikea just opened up right next to it. Plan on spending at least a day there! Southland Mall:: It’s a little eh, but it does have a theatre and and god cheap shopping options. Dining is pretty good, and there is a Marshalls right next to it, and it has an ULTA (makeup lovers unite). Any other Mall is alright to visit but they are usually a little run down and don’t have any brands or department stores.

        *Target is what Miami Natives call the “Rich Mans’ Walmart”. SO unless you want to spend more, I recommend Walmart, Wal-Greens, CVS, K-mart and dollar stores for any toiletries and the necessities.

        * Buy souvenirs from the little rinky-dink run down shops on South Beach, its cheapest there but look through the stores first, many sell the same things at different prices.

        *I have never gone to a club because they sell watered down liquor starting at $10-$15, and bottles are anywhere from $250 to $300. Not worth it. Bars are worth your time, Bayside has a little bar called The Mojito Bar and it stays open late, it does play Spanish music so be ready to dance, and don’t be alarmed if some man or woman you don’t know dances with you, their just having a good time with you. Its always nice to visit.

        5 years ago
  30. If you ever come to London a few tips
    1.Try to fly to London Heathrow as it’s better connected then the other airports like stanstead/gatwick (which might be cheaper but a hassle to get to the center of london)

    2. bring an umbrella it is always raining… even in summer

    3. Sunday’s you should sleep in as no big shops can sell you anything till
    12pm, due to old christian laws, although some stores may open at 11am to let you browse they can’t legally sell you anything till 12pm, unless it’s like a food/coffee shop.

    4. most places don’t like taking £50 notes so try to break it down before

    otherwise common sense will get you very far :)

    5 years ago
  31. So true about Japan too! I thought I could purchase the meal at kohikan because it was a chain. But noo, so then I didn’t have a way to pay for the subway back to Narita. I had to exchange 20,000 won and ended up only getting 1700 I was internally crying.

    5 years ago
  32. I found, 우리은행 is always pretty reliable as a foreigner. I haven’t made a korean bank account at all since coming to Korea (I’ve been here since late august). So far, it has been fine. I would also suggest before traveling abroad people should find out what their bank charges for foreign withdraws. My roommate gets charged $2.50 every ATM withdraw + 3% while I only get 1%.

    5 years ago
  33. If you ever come to Iceland take the bus from the airport if no one is picking you up. The taxi’s are more expensive plus you can buy a ticket for the grayline buses at a tourist office at Keflavik airport.
    Most stores here close at 18:00, the malls are open to 21:00 on thursdays and if you’re shopping on the main street (Laugavegur) there are some that are closed on Sundays.
    There are a lot of people who come here and don’t know where to buy alcohol, and they go to their nearest convenient store and buy a lot of the beer that you can get there, but most of it is Pilsner and barely alcoholic. If you want to buy alcohol look for Vínbúðin, or ask someone where the liquor store is.
    If you’re coming here for the first time you should definitely stick to tours with guides that know the country and listen to your guides if the tell you not to go somewhere, there are loads of news stories about people that didn’t listen to their guides and put themselves in danger by wading into Jökulsárlón or a very rough ocean.
    I really hope I can use your tips if I ever come to Korea :)

    5 years ago
  34. 2 tips I would give people who were to go on vacation in my area? This is could be potentionally (?) controversial.

    1. Don’t be fucking rude. We know we lost World War 2, we know about the Holocaust and it was absolutely disgusting.
    I actually grew up in an area that was very tourist-y and 90% of the tourists from North America were sooo damn rude. No, I don’t know where the Nazis are. No, Hitler is dead, we did not hide him to bring him out later to try the Third Reich again. Please refrain from telling me that we’re lucky that USA decided to drop nuclear bombs over Japan not Germany. Watch your manners, please. Even though you might not realize it, you’re cultural ambassadors to your country. You might be part of the reason why Europe does not want to be culturally associated with North America under any circumstances.

    2. If you’re not vacationing in a city with more than 200,000 inhabitants, rent a car. Taxis are exorbitantly expensive. Public transporation starts at 7am and ends at 9pm, is highly unreliable & sparse as well as extremely underdeveloped. You might end up in a city where the nearest bus stop is a 40 minute walk away from where you actually want to go.

    5 years ago
    • re: #1

      The nerve of some people to say things like that! I’m sorry that you’ve had that happen to you. :(

      5 years ago
  35. This is really nice and helpful. I’m visiting end of May until mid-June and sort of wanted to do tourist-y stuff but at the same time not really… Thankfully I am staying with a friend and I think she will be with me majority of the time (especially when I spend a week between Busan and Jejudo) but just in case I do go out on my own, this is some good stuff right here. Especially about the taxis and sleeping in! ^^

    Hope to finally meet you then as I’ll definitely be visiting ‘You Are Here’ cafe! :)

    5 years ago
    • Im going there same time only longer and i am also visiting busan! :D
      7th of april to 3rd of may for me :D

      5 years ago
  36. I live in London and the best tips I’ve got, at least for transport, is 1. Avoid at all costs taking any of the “Express” trains from the airports (Heathrow Express etc). In many cases there are non-express, slightly slower, and wayyyy cheaper trains, or just take the tube if you can, or a coach bus. Those express trains are like the equivalent of 70 USD per person return (whattt).
    Also – NEVER buy paper tickets for the tube, and you don’t usually have to bother with a week or day pass. Get an Oyster card, it’s a card that you can use to top up with money and tap in and out on the London bus/tube/etc. There are daily caps on how much you can spend so it’s actually impossible to go over the amount you’d spend on a day pass. And you could potentially spend less. When you leave the city you can give your Oyster card back at any tube station and they’ll return you the 5 pound deposit fee.
    Booyah!

    5 years ago
    • Yeah, just adding on to this: London buses don’t take cash anymore so you have to use an Oyster card, contactless credit/ debit card or a days travel card (paper ticket you buy at the station that works on both the underground and buses). Caught me out last time I was in the city and I live like 20 minutes away!

      5 years ago
  37. would you exchange all of the cash you were bringing? have you or could you do a video talking about things to do in Korea? maybe like the best 5-10 places to go?thanks

    I live in rhode island which is the smallest state. 2 things,first the airport is called providence when you’re booking but is really in warwick which is about 20 minutes away. 2 stay away from the really popular restaurant because you’ll be disappointed.

    5 years ago
  38. Thanks Simon and Martina! I love all the extra info and tips. I already have the subway app and I think its neat. Looking forward to visiting Korea in 2016.

    5 years ago
  39. I will say this for Incheon, the Rest areas are amazing. I had to spend the night at Haneda airport recently and there you would have to pay a buttload for the showers and there was no comfortable seating/reclining areas. NOt to mention, most everything closes at about 9 or 10pm. I slept on a wooden bench and now have giant bruises on my sides. Incheon has recliners, lounge chairs, free showers, little movie areas…i would have much rather stayed the night there.

    5 years ago
  40. I was in Korea for a few days on business and a few days for fun. Since I was all on my own, I did pay for one guided tour and it was definitely worth it! I chose the palace tour option and got to see the cool traditional guard ceremonies at the palace that I would not have even known to look for without the guide. In the subways they have a map with featured cultural locations which, for me, were great. My two favorites were the Natural History Museum (literally spent 4hrs there) and Bongeunsa Temple that has a wonderful temple tour to learn more about Korean Buddhism.

    If all else fails, just literally go in to almost any business and ask them where you should go. Many Koreans have functional English and will be happy to tell you about their favorite places.

    5 years ago