Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Seoul: Getting lost is part of traveling!

Are you having a solo travel soon or visiting Seoul alone?  Are you heading to a foreign land for your lifetime adventure, but afraid in getting lost!  Don’t be afraid, getting lost is normal in traveling!

But, what you need to know as a traveler are the arrangements and assignments on hand before arriving to the place.  Here are some tips and survival guide for paranoid travelers and who are afraid in getting lost: 

1. Study the map before your trip.  Familiarize on where you can find the major tourist spots before heading to the hidden gems.

2. Download subway map and offline map.  Make sure to familiarize yourself on the major transfer stations and the target destinations you’ll be heading to.  Don’t forget to get city map on airport or guesthouse/hotel, just in case you get low-battery mobile and unable to use online maps.

3. Train yourself on the subway system. If you can identify the Exit # from the map to where you are going the better, so you would know if you are going left or right after Exit.
Google Maps (link)

Visit Korea Map (link)

Use the Cyber Station website to know the transfer station and travel duration information.

In getting lost, is there a particular person or who I can ask for directions?

1. Locals can you help you easily, just make sure you have prepared the English and Hangul name of your target destination.
2. If you are not sure which Subway Exit to take, you can also ask on subway ticket counter or subway officer.

3. Before heading out from your accommodation, you can also ask your host or hotel concierge to help you with basic directions on the map.  Along the way, don’t be shy to dash in any hotel to help you on directions, most likely they can speak in English.

4. There would definitely be travel information desk and officers anywhere specially in famous tourist areas.

5. In Bukchon, there are even ladies in red, helping tourists on their way to Sanggojae (officially named as Yeorangjae).

6. Use your GPS tracker.  Either you can find a free Wi-Fi along the way.  Better yet, get an egg Wi-Fi or local SIM for data service.  Know how to use navigational tools like maps.google.com (English), Naver maps or Kakao Maps (Hangul).  Download helpful applications like iTour Seoul, Visit Korea or Seoul Travel Guide.

7. You can ask anyone on the street. They will tell you if “No English” or if they can help you.  If not, then, go to the next person who can help you.

Make sure to study your assignment, so you would not be headache to the locals. This will make use of your and their time very well.  Do your research and enjoy your trip!

This entry was inspired by TripAdvisor.com Inquiry.