Korea 2017 ~ Airfare, Visa, & Accommodation

Korea 2017 _

Hello! I know it’s been a while since my last post. I actually promised to myself to be active in this blog, but I think I can’t keep that promise by now ’cause I’m so busy (literally) and I don’t have time even for my hobbies. Anyway, I’m here again today and it feels so good to be back~

You might be wondering why I’m busy. Well, I have been occupied. Basically, at home, in the office, and with my online business. Not to mention them one by one, but the book I started reading since October, I’m still not done with it. Haha! Okay, I won’t make it a long introduction, we better go through our main agenda for today~ *wink*

In today’s blog, I’m going to share about the three (3) important things to prepare before you go to Seoul, South Korea. Everything that I’m going to write here is based on my own experience. I will share some tips as well that I’m sure will be helpful. Ready?~ All right, let’s start! 🙂

Last February 2017, I started checking for a seat sale, and luckily I got one from Cebu Pacific. Though I didn’t get it during the “piso fare” promo of Cebu Pacific, however, compared to the regular price, I guess we still got a nice deal. I booked for 3, and it only cost ₱14,608.62 (₩314,164.39) in total without baggage allowance. Then, we avail the prepaid baggage allowance a month before our travel.

TIPS:

  1. Search for airlines which offers the best travel fare. So far, Cebu Pacific is recommended even by my friends.
  2. 1st quarter is the best time to book for a flight if you are planning to travel for the same year, as almost all airlines offer seat sale. You’re lucky if you can get yours from the “piso fare” promo. Check out the Cebu Pacific website for more info.
  3. Avail prepaid baggage allowance before you check-in your flight, as it’s much cheaper. For first timers, take note of this~

After getting our plane tickets, I started contacting my friends who went to Korea for some tips and guidelines. Thanks to my former colleagues in DKS for sharing their itinerary. I just polished it with some research and with the help of my Korean friends. Para akong nagkaroon ng special project that time. Lol.

Our travel period was November 9-15, 2017. Two months before our flight, we began preparing all the requirements for our Korean visa application. Thanks to my teammate for giving us some tips as we go along with our visa application. Take notes on tips below. I guess it’s enough for you to get approved.

TIPS:

  1. Don’t take it easy when applying for a visa. Make sure that your requirements are valid and complete.
  2. When it says valid and original, it should be. Take it from me~
  3. Prepare all the requirements ahead, especially your financial documents, as it shows that you’re capable to cover all your expenses during your travel period. Your bank statement, bank certificate, salary, & savings account/s are very important. Go to your bank of account to know how and when to request for those documents.
  4. Make reading a habit. Do some research. Better to check all necessary information on the website – Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines

A few months before our travel, I looked for our accommodation. I’m glad to find a nice apartment in Hongdae with an affordable price. I got it through Airbnb for only ₱17,995.00/₩384,813.42 (total amount of our whole stay in Korea). I highly recommend this apartment, because of its location which is a great place to eat and shop next to Myeongdong. Also, it’s near to the subway station (Hongik station) that could bring you to most of the places you want to visit in Seoul. Thanks to Mr. Jina Kim for accommodating us and offering us a ride from airport to our destination.

TIPS:

  1. If you could get an early morning flight schedule, better to book for that, so you could catch the subway from the airport. It’s much cheaper than a taxi.
  2. Changing flight schedule in Cebu Pacific is not new to us, so better to choose a morning or an early morning flight schedule. Take note #1.
  3. Airbnb is one of the best apps, so far for me, to book for an accommodation. I highly recommend this app if you want to save more money. Though I think there are other apps like this that has a better offer, so far I like using this for our out of the country and staycation.

And tadaaaaa!~ We arrived in Korea safe and sound 🙂 We had a great trip and hoping for more trips in the future. Horray!~

Here are some of our photos from NAIA to Incheon Airport 🙂

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at NAIA Terminal 3, Philippines
While onboard~
IMG_0521Hi Kim So Hyun ❤
at Incheon airport, South Korea. Yey!~
IMG_0528IMG_0526IMG_0527While waiting for Mr. Kim~

I will be posting our Korea trip separately. So, stay tuned!~

Thanks for reading this blog, and I hope to see you again~ If you have more questions or suggestions or something that you want me to add here, feel free to leave a comment below~

Kamsahamnida!~ Until next time.

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6 thoughts on “Korea 2017 ~ Airfare, Visa, & Accommodation

  1. Meesh says:

    OMGGGGGG I’m so jealous huhuhuhu my family and I were actually planning to go to Korea for Christmas this year, but when we were looking for packages, everything was already too expensive for us (60k/person) so we decided to put it off instead. Huhuhuhu. Anyway, can’t wait to read your other blogs for your Korea trip! Did you buy Korean beauty products??? Tell me you did! Hahaha 🙂

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    • Car Delrosario says:

      Hi Meesh, why not make your own itinerary and just book for a flight going there? 🙂 This coming 1st quarter of 2018 almost all airlines have promos. That would be your chance so you can go to Korea soon~ And yes! I bought a lot of Korean beauty products, and I’m telling you, I spent too much compared to my ordinary purchases when I’m here in the PH. Lol. But, I’M SOOOOOO HAPPY ESP WHEN I WENT TO MYEONGDONG!~ Go there too! 🙂 Thank you for visiting my site, and yes I promise to have some time to post our trip~

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      • Meesh says:

        Hahaha we’re a big family so we think it’s better to get a package than to have our own itinerary, in that way we know we won’t get lost around the city. Haha. I’m just hoping that we can finally go to Korea next year because I really want to visit Myeongdong too!!! Hahaha. I’m gonna pester my family to look for cheap packages in the first quarter of 2018 hahaha this year we only started looking for packages around June/July so everything was a bit too expensive for one person only. Haha. Hope to read your posts soon! I’m so excited haha

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