我是一個很喜歡安排行程的人也很享受安排行程的樂趣。所以我決定將我韓國首爾自由行分享給大家, 希望大家可以跟我一樣找到自由行的樂趣, 也希望我的分享可以幫助大家之後的行程安排.
It is the last day of 2015. As I look at the holidays on my 2016 calendar, I start thinking perhaps I should start planning next year’s vacation trip. (My new year resolution is go visit a different country every year?)
The April of 2016 has a 4-day weekend due to Tomb Sweeping Day. My friend recommended going to Seoul, Korea. Seoul isn’t too far from Taiwan, and has a convenient public transit system. This makes Seoul very suited for a backpacking trip.
I am the kind of person that loves to plan trip, so I decided to share my Seoul trip planning experience with everyone. Hopefully everyone can enjoy planning trip as much as I did.
I used Airbnb for lodging of this trip.
This is my first time going to Korea, I used mainly google and friends for recommendation and put what I am interested in on Google Map.
After plotting all the interesting places, I found that they all center around Myeong-dong, so I ended up choosing to lodge at the convenient-located Myeong-dong.
I used Airbnb to search for lodging near Myeong-dong
You can save hotels that look good and compare them all later. You can save them by pressing the heart symbols at top right.
For using Airbnb to book lodging, the most important thing is the customer reviews.
▼我訂的這家, 之前的房客都誇地點很方便, 只是房間很小, 因為來評分的客人蠻多的, 可信度高, 所以我們最後決定這家.
The lodging I ended up choosing had many reviews and seem trustworthy. All the previous customers talk about how convenient located the place is. The only complaint is that the room is very small.
After booking, don’t forget to send a small greeting to the owner to introduce yourself. Here is what I sent as an example:
Hi, my name is Serena and I am from Taiwan. I am planning a short trip to Korea with my friend. I checked all the reviews about your place. All the reviews look good to me and I really like the location, and that’s why I decided to book your place :). I am wondering if you provide wifi egg? If not, do you mind help me rent one and I will pay the fee later? Thank you for hosting us! See you in April!
在訂房的時候可以詢問看看有沒有Wifi egg（Wifi egg是一部內置當地3G/4G SIM 卡的流動數據機，只有手掌大，可以隨身攜帶。一開機就會有WiFi訊號，而且可以同時連接多個裝置即時上網。對於很依賴上網的我真是不可缺少）。
When you book, you can also ask if they have Wifi egg (Wifi egg is a palm-sized mobile router with 3G/4G SIM card, easy to take around with you. When you turn on the wifi-egg, you get wifi to access the internet, it also supports multiple devices connection. This is quite vital to me as I heavily rely on internet.
房東在我出發前一天才回復我關於wifi egg的問題, 房東說可以幫我訂收費是5000韓元一天（約143台幣一天）, 但那之前我和朋友已經先上網訂了這家. 四天916台幣（約229台幣一天）
The owner only replied about wifi egg the day before my trip, the cost would be 5000 won per day (about 143 Taiwanese dollars per day). However, we already rented this one for 916 Taiwanese dollars over 4 days (about 229 Taiwanese dollars per day)
我沒有特別去比較哪家wifi egg比較好用. 這家我覺得還算ok, 信號蠻穩定的, 只是有一晚10點多就沒電, 害我們回到飯店前有一個多小時沒有網路. 大家可以多上網看看其他關於wifi egg的評價, 貨比三家.
至於機票, 本來我和朋友想要等廉價航空, 但由於飛韓國的廉價航空；易斯達航空（韓語：이스타항공，英語：Eastar Jet）和德威航空 （t’way Air）（英語：t’way Airlines，朝鮮諺文：티웨이항공）；一直沒有給出四月份的航班和價錢, 我和朋友擔心最後等不到廉價航空, 所以就先買了華航. 結果事實證明我們沒有比較虧, 因為廉價航空在連假的時間段跟一般航空公司價錢一樣. 沒有比較划算.
We asked the store to send the wifi egg to my home, and return the wifi-egg later at the airport when we come back
I didn’t research about which wifi egg is better, so I can only talk about the one I used. The signal is quite stable, however, one night it ran out of battery at around 10 which resulted in 1 hour of no internet access before we got back to the hotel. I would recommend you do your research and look at other wifi-eggs.
For tickets, we originally plan to wait for low-fare airline tickets, however, Eastar Jet and T’way Airlines who specializes in low-fare trips to Korea took forever to announce the April flights and price, we were afraid of not getting tickets. Therefore, we choose to play in safe and bought tickets from China airline. At the end of the day, we did not lose out because the low-fare airlines’ price during holidays is about the same as a regular airline.
After figuring out lodging and tickets, now we can focus on the trip details and get excited for the upcoming trip.