I honestly should’ve done this post sooner than later but right after the day I landed back in Melbourne, my trimester started and the uni grind began. I decided to edit the footage I had before leaving it to the last minute.
So here it is, edited 2 weeks ago but shared today…
If you’re someone looking at traveling on a budget without compromise, this will be a little handy for you on the lead up to your trip, if you are planning one. If not, welcome to my rambles on how my friends and I survived our first 3 days in Busan, Korea.
So my friends and I are uni kids on a budget, henceforth budget flying on AirAsia. Crampy seats are the way to go if you’re tight on your cash but you do save heaps considering the service and lack of smiles you get from their air-stewardess. We took night-flights and it stopped over in Kuala Lumpur before heading to Busan. How we survived it? Neckpillows. I can’t stress enough on the importance of a neckpillow if one is to embark on a night flight. Forget about it if you are getting on business class. Your money, your comfort.
0 taxis were used over the 3 days. Plenty of walking and public transport was used (because budget life).
How to get about it
T-money: The Korean transport card. We bought it from the 7/11 store in the airport and it cost us 2500 won per card. Topping up cash was done at the Gimhae airport train station (we topped up 20000 won). English option was available on the machines too (thank GOD).
Google Maps: Unfortunately and strange enough, Google maps only provides information for public transport. It is helpful as it gives you the names of the stations to get on/off, number of stops, line colours, etc. However, no GPS was available for walking. Lots of estimation was required to walk to our destinations by following the blue dot tracker on the app to our destination. As annoying as it sounds, it’s a much better alternative compared to the paper maps people had to use back in the day.
Budget freaks we are again. We used airbnb.
airbnb: A fraction of the amount you would pay for a hotel. Not the place to go if you would like a gym and swimming pool at your disposal (honestly why though… it’s winter). The place was clean and basic utilities all provided, I’m talking from toiletries to washing machine and stove. It’s like your home. However, we took the “towel” description too seriously and came to discover only hand towels were provided. Bringing your own towel is highly recommended if you are to use this. If it’s you first stay, you can get a $30 credit discount with the link.
Location: We stayed in Seomyeon. 5 mins walk away from Bujeon market and 1 minute walk away from the entrance to the underground shopping mall. Honestly did not realize the magic that Seomyun had to offer until the last day. Shops. Food. Entertainment. WOW. Getting about was easy considering that it had it’s own train stations with multiple exits (we were at exit 15). Reviews have said that it’s known to be a place famous for plastic surgery, true to it’s nature there have been ads of plastic surgeons around the corner but honestly, it has so much more to offer than that.
I cannot begin this section. I’ve taken countless of photos and will let them do the talking.
We honestly did not follow any food recommendations. It was fully out of instinct and hunger, with walking into random stores just to replenish ourselves. Suprisingly, nothing was upsetting and I am jealous with the quality of food Koreans in Busan are able to easily access 24/7.
This will be the end of my rambles. Jeju post will be up after my assignments are done.
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