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A Guide to South Korea as a Solo Traveller

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Going abroad to South Korea as a solo traveller would not only allow you to be immersed in the cultural experiences and the traditional cuisine, but also let you explore further individually and really feel like you are becoming a local.

One of the most recommended cities to visit is Seoul, which is the capital of South Korea. This is where most tourists would be found exploring the Gyeongbokgung Palace while renting traditional clothes, shopping in the different districts across Seoul, and going up to Namsan Tower to observe the city from a high point.

Another suggested city to visit is Busan. The beaches offer many different activities, such as surfing and canoeing. The seafood in Busan is a very popular must-try, and there is even a culture within South Korea where many individuals go out to eat alone in restaurants and cafés, so don’t be afraid to try it!

The idea of being able to do activities that you want, whenever you want, definitely sounds tempting. However, there is more to it than just that. Being able to meet other locals and travellers, following your own instincts, having some downtime, and lastly, having locals help you more than big groups of people (they get happy at the prospect of a ‘foreigner’ learning about their country’s culture) are all positives and motivations.

Personally, I was scared being in South Korea at first. I didn’t know the language and I was alone, but the locals were very helpful and kind. I was weary whenever I went out, though looking back, I thoroughly enjoyed my time and there weren’t any negative experiences.

I believe that solo-travelling somewhere far helps not only to discover new surroundings, but also the kind of person that you are and what you enjoy in life. We manage to pick up new things about ourselves all the time when we take part in something new to us. 

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