Han River Bike Camping from Chuncheon to Seoul

In the rugged mountains of Gangwon Province in South Korea, a bicycle-path follows the North Han River as it flows through a narrow valley lined with forested peaks. Last month we – Emma, Jarrod and 11 year old Sebastian – rode our bikes through this valley with our heads down, battling against a big headwind on a three day bike …

Tour Guide’s Tips to Discover the Real Jeju Island

We had just arrived in Jeju City the night before by ferry and was about to start our two-week bicycle trip around South Korea’s Jeju Island.  Just as we were heading out of town we struck up a conversation with a passerby, who happened to be a local tour guide.  We asked if we could quickly interview him for our …

Jeju Island Poet: Read it, Feel it, Someday

During our 2 week trip around Jeju Island by bicycle we stayed in the sleepy town of Gosanri on the western side of South Korea’s Jeju Island.   We heard about  a Jeju Island poet, Jo Sungwon, in a local cafe. Jo had escaped from a high-pressure engineering job in Seoul and was living a simple, hermitic existence in a …

Traveling to Jeju Island by Ferry & Embracing Slow Travel

South Korea’s Jeju Island, or Jejudo, is popular with Korean and overseas tourists for its beautiful beaches and clean natural environment.  It’s so popular the flight from Seoul to Jejudo is the busiest in the world, with 10 million passengers every year.    The other alternative besides by plane is to go by ferry.  The ferry is only slightly cheaper than …

The 12 Types of Korean Hotels Explained

Decoding Korean Accommodation Looking for a hotel in Korea can be confusing – minbak, yogwan, hotel, motel guesthouse and resort are just a few of the commonly used terms for different types of hotels in South Korea and all mean something a little different.  This is a guide to the 12 main types of hotels found in Korea- and they’re …

5 Tips to Survive Travel During Chuseok

Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving, is just around the corner and it’s one of the biggest Korean holidays of the year. Unfortunately this can cause travel mayhem for the unsuspecting visitor. During Chuseok people travel en masse, usually out of Seoul to their hometown to visit parents, loaded with gift-boxes of practical household goods like coffee, spam, cooking oil, fruit or toiletries.  …