How to I get from here…
… to here?
According to Google there’s an 7500 kilometre distance between my current location and my dream destination, which happens to be Seoul, South Korea. That one hell of a trip for a first time lone traveller, or am I wrong? Well, I won’t be alone, I’ll have my BFF, but she ain’t exactly a world traveller either. And by what economical means will two 20-year-olds—one with a half-time minimum wage employment and the other a university student—get halfway across the globe on vacation?
As far as plans are concerned, the idea is that we’ll go sometime during the summer. Dates are not set. The trip will last anywhere from 2-4 weeks depending, and we’ll be staying in two major cities, Seoul and Busan, during our stay.
When I first decided that I wanted to go to South Korea, I figured that we each needed between 20.000 and 25.000 SEK to be able to live a decent life in Seoul for a month, with food, housing and some fun. That also includes travels to, in and from the country.
Flight from Arlanda to Incheon
I’ve made my fair share of plane rides in my young life, to and from Germany a multitude of times and three vacations in London, UK. None of these flights have lasted over two and a half hours. One search with a flight calculator told me that the journey from Stockholm Arlanda to Incheon International will take anywhere from 12 to 30 hours, depending on how many times and where we transfer. Ugh…
A good mix between cheap and fast landed us at around 14 hours continuous travel, with only one change of flight in Beijing, China. Affordable, so why not? Puts us out around 6.000-8.000 SEK each for the tickets there and back, so a total of around 14.000 SEK for all flights combined.
Living in Seoul and Busan
One thing became very clear to me when I first started looking into all this—unless you have a big budget or an unforgiving need for absolute comfort, the best way to live in Seoul as a tourist is with Air-BnB, or so called one-month rentals. They are places owned by private persons who rent out apartments and rooms to affordable sums depending on how large, conveniently located and luxurious is it. I found the rent to be ridiculously affordable—little less than what you’d pay a month for a decent apartment in Sweden’s later cities. Well below the price of most hotels, and many of these AirBnB’s were located in the very heart of Seoul and Busan.
I’m not going to say that this is the best idea ever, because I’ve never lived like that or tried it. But I’ll definitely look into it when we get to the detailed part of planning the trip.
That’s it for tonight, I just wanted to get off my chest how much I’ve been thinking about this trip. I’ll continue it some other time!
잘 자요, 친구들! Good night!