Fancy a holiday where you’ll be able to hop from one gorgeous beach to the next, visit all kinds of quirky museums, and see stunning natural landscapes? South Korea’s so-called “island of the gods” – Jeju Island – is the perfect destination for you.
Jeju definitely has a lot to offer. But what most first-time visitors are surprised to find out is that Jeju is huge. Even with a rental car, you can’t go around the whole island in one day. The island’s many attractions are far apart, and this is why you need to make sure you know exactly where to stay in Jeju, depending on what you’re in the mood to see and do. Continue reading “Where to stay in Jeju – a guide to South Korea’s holiday island”
Can’t decide whether you want a vacation where you can just kick back and relax on the beach with a fruit shake or do some shopping, sight-seeing, and food tripping? I’ve got the perfect destination for you: Busan.
If you haven’t heard of Busan, this is South Korea’s second city, sitting on the southeastern edge of the country’s main island. It’s the perfect mix of Seoul’s dynamic and vibrant city vibe and Jeju’s relaxing atmosphere and gorgeous subtropical landscapes. Coupled with South Korea’s staples of high-speed internet, efficient public transportation, delicious seafood cuisine, and terrific shopping options, Busan is the perfect destination for anyone who wants everything.
Here’s how to spend 3 days in Busan. Continue reading “3 days in Busan – what to see and do in South Korea’s vibrant seaside city”
Just a short train ride from Tokyo, you can visit two cultural sites in one day. Enoshima and Kamakura are beautiful adjacent cities in the Shonan area where you can escape from Tokyo’s constant, in-your-face energy and enjoy nature and history at a much slower, leisurely pace. Continue reading “Day trip from Tokyo – how to visit Enoshima and Kamakura”
Japan is an immensely fascinating country where endless arrays of adventures await all kinds of travelers. Tiffany of TOPSHELFMISCHIEF shares her adventures in Koyasan, Kansai. Continue reading “Discovering Koyasan – an offbeat cultural adventure in Japan”
A visit to Tokyo is an endless feast for the senses. A stroll along Takashiyama in Harajuku indulges you to a parade of characters with outrageous hairstyles and daring outfits. Breakfast in Tsukiji treats you to the early morning bustle of the port and a burst of flavors in your mouth. And then there’s Shibuya, the world’s busiest intersection, where you get to cross the road with a hundred others, surrounded by the buzz of city traffic, billboards, and daily life.
Tokyo is certainly a mecca to all those who crave the adrenaline rush of a trip to a big city. But what if you want to have a relaxing trip instead? Is it possible?
Continue reading “How to have a relaxing holiday in Tokyo”
There’s something that a lot of first-time travelers to Jeju don’t realize: the island is huge.
Most people think they can fly in to Jeju in the morning, hike Hallasan mountain, visit 3 or 4 museums, spend an afternoon at the beach, maybe do a little shopping in Lotte Duty Free, before getting on the last flight out back to Seoul or Busan.
Even allotting two days in the island is not enough, not even for fast-paced travelers.
But if you only have two days and you want to experience Jeju’s beautiful natural landscape, you should go to Udo Island. Continue reading “Udo Island – a taste of Jeju in a day”
What’s your idea of great trip?
Chasing the sunset through charming villages with the wind in your hair? I know that sounds like a motorbike ride, which is not everyone’s cup of tea, but here’s one that no one will not like: a road trip. Continue reading “Driving in South Korea – what you need to know”
Pick up rental car – check. Take out Korean-style fried chicken and gimbap for the road – check. Full tank of gas, road trip buddies, and a hefty sense of adventure – check, check, and check.
Ready to set off for a road trip in South Korea? Here’s your first challenge: using the Korean GPS. Continue reading “GPS phone numbers for driving in South Korea”
Time to celebrate sakura-lovers – Japan’s annual cherry blossom forecast for 2017 is out! Continue reading “Spring 2017: When and where to see the cherry blossoms in Japan”
Busan is a city with many faces.
At first glance, Busan is a city where you go for a break. Especially if you’re coming from Seoul, Busan’s seaside city vibe is a welcome break from the unrelenting energy of the capital. You can smell the sea even kilometers away from the seashore, which of course, brings with it promises of a lazy, relaxing, and rejuvenating holiday. Continue reading “Where to stay in Busan – a guide to the city’s neighborhoods and best accommodations”