Asia

Where Life in a Rucksack is going in 2014?

Although we are almost halfway through 2014; I thought I’d share my travel plans for the remaining 6 months of this year. I’ve been living in New Zealand for the past 2.5 years, and will be leaving to travel around Asia for a little over four months. I am excited, scared, nervous, … I am again going into the unknown. A new chapter. New adventures...

What to do during a layover at Incheon Airport

Flying into Incheon International Airport, in July this year, marked my second visit to Asia. The first visit was at the beginning of my travels in 2012, when I got to Singapore. I am always amazed by how big airports in Asia are. However, I guess most places in Asia are key layover points for people flying East or West. I didn’t spend too much time in Incheon...

The Seoul of Asia, day two

My second full day of exploring the capital of South Korea, was again very unplanned. After day one of getting lost a few times I just thought I’d go with the flow and wander and see what I came across. Hongdae at 10am .. barely anyone around (I found that although places stayed open late, the place didn’t get going until 11am)     Burger King...

The Seoul of Asia, day one

Waking up at 6am to 26 degrees was something I knew I’d have to get used to with being in Seoul for the next dew days, but it really helped me get up early and make the most of my short time in the country. After having a shower, and getting dressed, I still felt warm and sweaty. I was staying at a relatively new hostel called Fun Fun Stay which is located on...

The complexities of Seoul’s Metro system

Prior to my trip to Seoul, I had spent very little time in Asia; I had one day in Singapore last year, on my initial journey to New Zealand, but that didn’t allow much time to explore. So I was excited about getting to see more of the ‘real’ Asia. (I felt that Singapore was very westernised). Seoul appears to have quite a good infrastructure, it is...

Queuing for a visit to N Seoul Tower

My trip to Seoul was relatively unplanned. In my guidebook I circled several places that I wanted to visit, but upon arriving. I soon realised that with only three days in the country, I wouldn’t get round it all. One place on my list was N Seoul Tower; I quite like tall buildings and viewing a city from up high. Though I had planned to hike up one of the...

A lost Soul Seoul

Arriving into Incheon Airport, I was greeted by an intense humid heat; but with the smell of a hot summers evening, which I really liked. After you get off the plane, you take the transit train to arrivals, baggage and immigration   In my planning stages, I initially researched getting a train from the airport, direct to Hongdae where I was staying, as it was...

The Korean love of technology

One of my the observations I made, and fairly early on at that, was that they (Korean people) love their technology. Coming from a westernised society, were if you had the latest fan-dangled laptop, smartphone or MP3 player, you wouldn’t be taking it out in public too much, in fear of it being stolen.   This is not the view that is taken in Korea. Everywhere you...

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