Seoul is the capital city of South Korea, and a huge metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets. Here’s how to explore the city while sticking to your budget.
Start your morning at Issac Toast, a famous Korean toast sandwich branch that offers a wide variety of sandwiches and drinks. You can get a delicious bacon sandwich for less than $3.
After breakfast, take a walk through Bukchon Hanok Village. It is a residential area with beautiful Korean-style buildings. At the entrance, there are some nice souvenir shops. It is picturesque, so don’t forget to bring a camera.
For lunch, stop by Myeongdong Kalguksu for local Korean soup noodles and delicious dumplings. The portions here are big, so if you are a light eater it’d be smart to share a bowl. You can expect to spend $12 or less here.
After lunch, head to Gyeongbokgung Palace. There is a lot of history here as the founder of the Chosun Dynasty built it six centuries ago. The National Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum are located on the grounds. Both museums will charge you less than $3 admission.
853 is the perfect spot for Korean barbecue. It is the whole package, with great staff and amazing food in the heart of a preserved part of Seoul. The chefs cook at your table and will walk you through the whole process. Prices range $12–24.
Seoul has one of the most dynamic nightlife scenes in Asia. Thursday Party is a top foreigner-friendly pub. It is a pub-club hybrid, where people will be seen either dancing, mingling at the bar or playing games. The prices of cocktails are some of the cheapest in town; a Long Island iced tea will cost around $5.
It’s one of a traveler’s worst nightmares to stay in a hotel where the beds are infested with bed bugs. These tiny creatures aren’t always visible to the naked eye, but they can completely ruin a vacation and leave hotel guests itching and scratching for weeks. Here are a few ways to ensure where you lay your head at night isn’t also where bed bugs lay their own.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
The idea of secret pockets in travel gear was once about waist wallets lying flesh on your stomach and awkward inner pockets. The location not only made it impossible for pickpockets to get to but also travelers trying to access their passports and cash. Other travel clothes promise to deter pick-pocketers but are also difficult to manage the bulky inner pockets while exploring.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
The TSA's ever-changing rules of shoes on or off, liquids and more are confusing to even savvy travelers. The rule of thumb is to stay flexible to anything reasonable the TSA asks and avoid bringing anything obviously off-limits like sharp objects including nail clippers and nail files. However, the TSA is relaxing its hands-on stance on laptops and liquids with the help of new scanning machines.