013 Europe on $7 a day? & We visit Seoul (Podcast)

Seoul, Sth Korea Podcast Episode 013: Epsisode 013 Our cheapest month in 2 years & we visit Seoul Listen NOW! Subscribe on iTunes WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK We love to hear from listeners about how we can improve the show or what you love about it already. You can email us using the contact form in the footer of this page or tweet @5dollartravel What do you want in the show? Are …

7 Silly but awesome reasons to visit South Korea

Why do you choose to visit a country? Maybe you choose places based on which have the most history. The best tourist attractions. The most famous food (hell, I here you on that one!) But, there is another factor that should come into your travel plans decisions. Fun. This time last year we were in South Korea. It was a country we’d thought about visiting but it was not near …

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15 Best Foods in Asia and where to find them

Xiaolongbao, Shanghai

You love Asian food? So do we. Taste is always subjective. One man’s spicy is another man’s uncontrollable, red faced pain. One woman’s sweet is another woman’s diabetic nightmare. As foodie travellers there is one thing we can promise – We’ve eaten a lot. In doing so, we’ve drawn a bunch of comparisons in order to compile this list. One year in Asia. Its been one hell of a journey, one …

Best and Worst Travel of Asia 2013

12 countries, hundreds of towns and cities and well over 40,000KM covered – 2013 has been quite a year for travel! (Click here to see our full route and where we have been this year). But, if we were to do it all again, where would we long to go back to and where would we give a miss? There are so many lists of “Best places to visit” but we …

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5 Kickass things to do in Seoul

FUN-FOR-A-FIVER. Seoul is up there with Hong Kong and Singapore in terms of expensive cities in Asia, but there are still some great things you can do that will cost you less than a fiver! We hung out in Seoul for a couple of weeks to discover the best value for money that can be found in a city deemed “too expensive” by most budget travellers. 1. Visit the Gyeongbokgung …

Couples Travel: Seoul for under $50 a day

Seoul is not seen as a budget destination. In fact, it’s one of the most expensive Asian destinations along with Japan and Hong Kong. Still, if you are smart, there are ways to get around Seoul on a backpacker budget. It’s true that South Korea has hit our regular $42 per day for two people budget pretty hard. Although it would be possible to get our daily budget down to …

Accommodation Review: Yurakjang Motel, Seogwipo, Jeju Island

A good size, clean double room with bathtub in Seogwipo on Jeju Island for 30,000 won? Yes, there are a few but it took a lot of rejections and high priced motels before we found this one. Walking around in the rain with heavy packs for well over an hour is not a lot of fun, so hopefully this will help future travels avoid the headache!   The Yurakjang motel …

Accommodation in Jeju City: “Top Motel” in Tapdong

Top motel, Tapdong, Jeju

There are two sorts of budget accommodation in Korea: The Jimjilbang (Bath-house) and the “Love” Motel. At the Jimjilbang you often end up on a mat on the floor in a public room, so if you want some privacy, the love motels are normally the answer. There are plenty of budget love motels in Jeju city and Jeju Island as a whole, so this is by no means the only …

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Why a museum about toilets is so much fun… (With VIDEO)

weird museums - toilet museum seoul

FUN FOR A FIVER. This is one of the stranger “museums” we’ve ever been too. Never has one place celebrated toilets and defecation to such an extent. Still, if you are looking for some cheap fun just south of Seoul and don’t get embarrassed talking about poo, this will be an entertaining diversion! Not only is the museum shaped like a giant toilet but the grounds surrounding it are filled …

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Cheapest Accommodation in Seoul, Better Than You Think!

Nudists rejoice! However, the best value accommodation in Seoul has nothing to do with inappropriate games of tennis… Just the nudism part. South Koreans have a secret and they don’t even realise it. With cheap motels and dorm beds in Seoul impossible to find for less than 15,000 won ($15) per person, perhaps it’s worth embracing the naked masses in search of a better option. Of course, it turns out …

Pandemonium at Seoul’s Pet Cafes! (With Video)

puppy cafe seoul

In a coffee crazed country like South Korea you can expect to see a coffee shop on almost every corner. In Seoul some stores have decided to add a cute and cuddly twist… Those Crazy Cats! There are quite a few pet cafes to choose from in Seoul. We were actually looking around  for a completely different kitty cafe when we stumbled upon the appropriately named “Cat Cafe” (that was …

Eating Live Octopus! Busan, South Korea (Video)

Tom eating live octopus, Korea

Food: Live Octopus (just!) Location: Busan, South Korea. Eating Korean Live Octopus The Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan is about what you expect from Asian fish markets, the fish are super fresh because they are still alive! It was the first port of call for the day and we were in need of breakfast… What better than live octopus, well, almost live, it had been dead about 30 seconds when we …