- Get a pocket wifi
You don’t want to come home to phone bills that you can’t pay. Check out this out! For only $3.95/day, you can rent this at the airport or have it delivered to your accommodation. Yes, there is public wifi everywhere, but because a lot of people are using it, it’s hard to get a decent connection. During our trip, we dropped by their booth at the airport to pick up our LTE Wifi Egg. Internet in South Korea is definitely lightning fast. Remember to book your rental two days before your arrival to South Korea!
- Check the weather forecast. I think this is a given. I always check AccuWeather.com for up to date forecasts. We were able to bring umbrellas on that one day that it rained in Seoul.
- Call your credit card company before traveling to Korea.
If you are planning on using your credit card in Korea, please give your credit card company a call to let them know that you are traveling, because there’s a good chance that your credit card will be declined if you make a purchase. This is what most credit card companies do to avoid fraudulent purchases. Just let them know that you are applying for a travel advisory. With BDO, they required 3 banking days to process the travel advisory. With Citibank, it was instant.
- Knowing a bit of Korean will help you get by.
I’ve been learning the Korean language on my own for the past year. It’s best if you know some basic words or phrases to help you interact with the locals. According to my Korean friend, they love it when foreigners speak in Korean. We actually received free stuff because I spoke to merchants in Korean! Here’s a quick Korean survival guide to help you get started.
- Exchange your Philippine Peso to Korean Won
We usually exchange currency with Czarina Forex, however, Korean Won is hard to come by, and we had to wait 5 days with no assurance if they will have the amount that we needed, and with the help of TheTravelJunkie, we were able to get our KRW from Kabayan Forex!
- Check the news!
This year, South Korea was hit by a lot of bad news that made their tourism suffer. One word that scared tourists away: MERS. My family was scared to go when news about MERS broke out, but thankfully, it was MERS-free when it was time to pack and go.