Annyeong! So I finally get the time and inspiration to blog about my first South Korea trip nine months after I went there! I know, it has been a long time so please bear with me if I won’t be able to give all the nitty-gritty details of that trip.
I have been binge-watching on vlogs on YouTube for the past few days in preparation for my return to Seoul on my birthday month in October. I can’t help but reminisce that lovely autumn in November 2017 when I get to be there for the very first time.
So let’s take a look back through memory lane…
Last November 2017, I get to be in Seoul with two of my friends, A and J, who are actually my new travel buddies! Believe it or not, I only get to meet and hang out with them once during one of my solo travel in La Union.
It was actually a spur-of-the-moment trip for me. I don’t have any plans on going on an international trip last year since I just moved to a new work and I might not be approved to be on leave for so long. But thanks to my wonderful boss, she approved my one week leave so in just three weeks before the trip, I get to process my visa and booked my flight.
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Tip: It is not a good idea to plan this trip with such limited time! Imagine the stress of getting a visa, making sure I have enough money to fund this trip and getting a cheap flight two weeks prior is close to nothing!
Our flight was in the morning via AirAsia and we landed at Incheon International Airport at a little past noon. Imagine our excitement when our plane touched down! We can’t help but do a little photo op right after we passed the tarmac. Hahaha.
After we got cleared from immigration, off we got our luggage and picked up our 4G Wi-fi which is a must if you will travel to Seoul. We booked it via the Klook app and one device can be shared by 3-4 people. It made our trip a lot easier especially if we need to a quick search while we are traveling and it helped us update our social media feeds real time. You know, we’ve got to do it for the ‘gram. Hahaha.
From ICN airport, we rode the AREX All-stop train to get to Seoul. It took us less than an hour to get to Seoul station. With our heavy luggage in tow, we changed lines to take us to Chungmuro station which is the station near the hostel where we stayed.
It was raining when we got there and it was freezing cold. We checked-in our hostel to rest and freshen up while waiting for the rain to stop. But our day just started! Before dinner, off we went out to explore Myeongdong and I will share our Myeongdong adventures on my next post.