[2. Accommodation] 85 Days in South Korea for less than RM 6K

April 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

Accommodation

When it comes to traveling, accommodation is definitely the most expensive things you’ll have to pay for, especially if you’re planning to stay long or moving from one place to another. Ever since I knew the existence of Couchsurfing (CS) and other useful sites such as HelpeX, I spent less (more likely none) on my accommodation expenses. I used CS mostly when i’m visiting a place for a short stay and HelpX for my longterm stay.

HOW MUCH?

The total cost of my accommodation expenses came out to be RM 136.00, which is around USD $35.14 only! Yes, for 85 days, that’s seems impossible! 😛 I could actually save more but considering i’m traveling with my travel buddy while in Jeju Island, I decided to stay at hostel with her for the 2 nights we were together.

I only had to pay these 2 place for my accommodation while in South Korea:

  1. Jimjilbang (Sauna) & locker in Mokpo for 1 night = KRW 10,500.00 (~MYR 33.60)
  2. Hostel in Jeju Island for 2 nights = KRW 32,000.00 (MYR 102.40)

TOTAL ACCOMMODATION EXPENSES = ~MYR 136.00 (USD $35.14)

*KRW 1,000.00 equals roughly to MYR 3.20
**USD $1.00 equals roughly to MYR 3.87

COUCHSURFING (CS)

Couchsurfing helped me a lot interm of accommodation.

Couchsurfing (CS) – Your stay with hosts is free. Meet travelers in other cities, or in your own city! There’s always something new to join
More/Apply: httpsa//www.couchsurfing.com/

Who knew traveling could be so easy if you rely on strangers’ kindness.

It’s a great thing to experience local’s daily life I used it for:

  • Seoul – for 2 Nights – Stayed with a pretty University student. 
  • Cheonan for 2 Nights – Stayed with a young Korean couple. 
  • Jeonju for 2 Nights – Stayed with Seoulite working as Jeonju official.
  • Gyengju for 2 Nights – Stayed with an Australian professor married to Korean girl.
  • Jeju Island for 5 Nights – Stayed with an American English teacher at day & DJ at night.

*Due to their privacy, I won’t mention their names here. But if you would like to meet them personally on your visit to South Korea, let me know! I can ask them if they are available to host you. 😛

  • Seoul – Bridge Backpackers (http://www.bridgebackpackers.com/) – Knew about this place from CS. The owner, Greg Aussie guy married to korean girl offered me about the volunteering via message on CS.
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With my awesome host, Greg & his wife from Bridge Backpackers

*Feel free to ask me about it. I can recommend you to local there or teach you how to send request if you’re new to it. 🙂

HELPX/BACKPACKERS

If you’re tired of using CS and wanted to stay longer in one place for free, you could do some volunteering at the guesthouse/hostel. For my South Korean trip, I choose to use HelpX (www.helpx.net/). HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term (minimum 2-3 weeks) in exchange for food and accommodation. It’s the same concept with Workaway (https://www.workaway.info/). invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term or long-term in exchange accommodation (minimum 1 month stay). In the typical arrangement, the helper works an average of 3 hours per day and receives free accommodation.

These are the guesthouse/hostel that I stayed in:

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View from my bed in Busan. 🙂

TEMPLE STAY

Some temples are offering free temple stay for foreigners to experience life living in a temple. Do check out their website from time to time for that. http://eng.templestay.com/

Thanks to the Buddha’s day (May 6th), I get to stay at the temple one night in Busan for free. It was a different and relaxing experience ever. I learned how to sit on my feet for a long period of time. 😛 

TRAVEL TIPS

Here’s are other website that you can try for your free accommodations.

1) GlobalFreeLoaders (www.globalfreeloaders.com/) – Same concepts as CS but not famous. 

2) Belodged (http://belodged.com/) – I never use but number of Korean use this.

*Bare in mind that this trip was exactly 2 years ago (March 2014 – June 2014) so prices might have changed over the period of time. Some of the things that I tried might as well discontinued, unavailable or closed.

(But if you found something better than what’s written here, do let me know! Would love to know about it!)*

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[1. Flights] – 85 Days in South Korea for less than USD $1400

April 18, 2016 § 1 Comment

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HOW MUCH?

My total cost of return tickets came out to be RM 816.78, which is around USD $211.05. Direct return flight from Malyasia; Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) to South Korea; Incheon International Airport (ICN) usually cost not less than RM 1300.00. Therefore, flying via Manila saved me half of the flight ticket price.

Flight expenses for 5 flights are as follows:

  1. BKI – MNL = MYR 145.00
  2. MNL – ICN = PHP 2,890.00 (MYR 213.62)
  3. ICN – MNL = KRW 102,000.00 (MYR 310.04)
  4. MNL – BKI = PHP 461.00 (MYR 33.83)
  5. CJU – PUS = KRW 34,560.00 (~MYR 110.59)

TOTAL FLIGHT EXPENSES = ~MYR 816.78 (~USD $211.05)

*KRW 1,000.00 equals roughly to MYR 3.20
**USD $1.00 equals roughly to MYR 3.87

MANILA (MNL) – SEOUL (ICN)

I flew to South Korea (Incheon International Airport) from Philippines (Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport) via Airasia Zest (also known as Zest Airways). The return ticket only cost me RM 523.66, which is around USD $135.31. I booked the flight tickets 4 months ahead & bought it separately on different days.

  • MNL – ICN flight ticket for 11/03/14 (bought on 09/11/13) = PHP 2890.00 (RM 213.62)
  • ICN – MNL flight ticket for 03/06/14 (bought on 25/11/13) = ₩ 10,2000.00 (RM 310.04)

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KK (BKI) – MANILA (MNL)

Considering i’m not staying in Manila, I need to pay another RM 178.83 (~USD $46.21) for my return flight from Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) to Philippines, Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL). My flight going back to KK from Manila only cost me RM 33.83 (~USD $8.74)! It’s cheaper than a bus ticket! 

  • BKI – MNL flight ticket for 07/03/14 (bought on 09/11/13) = RM 145.00
  • MNL – BKI flight ticket for 06/06/14 (bought on 25/11/13) = PHP 461.00 (RM33.83)

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JEJU (CJU) – BUSAN (PUS)

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I flew from Jeju Island (Jeju International Airport Jeju) to Busan (Gimhae Internationa Airport) via Jeju Air for only KRW 34,560.00 (~MYR 110.59). I bought the flight ticket few days before departure as I figured that flying to Busan is cheaper than taking the ferry. And after the Sewol incident (I was on the similar ferry, going to Jeju as well but from Mokpo, on the same day!), it’s best to just take the flight.

TRAVEL TIPS

For cheap flight tickets, I usually check on http://www.skyscanner.com.my/ beforehand and book on the airlines website itself if I found a very good flight deals. Select the ‘Cheapest Month‘ on depart and return section if you’re not sure when to travel.

Make sure to use ‘Incognito window‘ (private browsing mode) when searching for flight tickets as (most of us knew about this already) prices increased rapidly on flight that you search for often. Clear your cookies and cache before searching will help too. And oh, do subscribe to cheap airlines newsletter (such as Airasia or Cebu pasific) to be among of those the first to know about their ticket promotions!

*Bare in mind that this trip was exactly 2 years ago (March 2014 – June 2014) so prices might have changed over the period of time. Some of the things that I tried might as well discontinued, unavailable or closed.

(But if you found something better than what’s written here, do let me know! Would love to know about it!)*

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Get Paid to Travel (Tripoto)

November 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Tripoto!

You heard it right! Here is your chance to stay for free at any destination of your choice and get an authentic taste of its culture.

Tripoto is one of the largest community of Travelers in the world. In this all too static world where people have anchored themselves to the illusions of safety and success, we swear by the movement. And that is how the ‘Tripoto Wanderers’ came to be. We are giving you a chance to break away from these anchored lifestyles and give wandering a chance by sending you to the most bespoke locations across the globe.

http://www.tripoto.com/get-paid-to-travel-contest

Ongoing Competitions: My perfect day in my city [17th Nov – 24th Nov 2014 (GMT + 5:30)]

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11-hours layover

October 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

Stay at the airport or go to town?

I booked my flight ticket back to Kota Kinabalu (KK) 13 hours apart from my flight from Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur (KL).

After roaming around the airport, not knowing what to do and so damn sleepy, I decided to try the capsule room suggested by one of my travel buddy.

It’s a modern, small budget hotel designed for transit travelers.The rate is RM45 for 3 hours, RM 70 for 6 hours and RM 90 for 12 hours. The cost included towel, locker, shower, wifi and common area/library usage. Do take the candy bar at the reception counter! it’s free! The internet connection is so fast & i’m lovin’ it! 🙂

I slept in the first 2 hours and check out 1 and a half hour late. Thank god the reception guy did not charged me anything. Thanks!

Few more hours to go. Can’t wait to be back on my own bed!

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Library. 

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More info: www.capsulecontainer.com

11 Reasons Why You Should Stay With Locals

August 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

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1. Because you can experience living there not just staying.

2. Because hospitality is not about sterile environments, but welcoming ones.

3. Because warmth isn’t just temperature but a feeling/an emotion.

4. Because room service also includes great conversations!

5. Because you can count on a “Roman” to tell you how and what the “Romans” do!

6. Because when restaurants sell “traditional home food”, you know they never really do.

7. Because you find out and learn about not just the city but also the people.

8. Because apart from new experiences, memories and stories you’ll also take away new friendships.

9. Because it’ll break the mould on those all too similar travels without breaking your bank balance. 

10. Because it’s a happy way to travel!

11. And Because we are giving you a chance to discover this on your own.

More : http://www.tripoto.com/blog/11-reasons-why-homestays-are-a-home-away-from-home/

p/s: Tripoto giving $25 on Airbnb. You can use it to rent unique places to stay from local hosts in 190 countries! 🙂

 

 

9 Ways to Travel the World for Free

August 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

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1. Swap Your Home!

But if you do have a house to offer up, there are various websites that provide online classifieds for owners to advertise. Most require a registration fee (to weed out the crazies), but then you can advertise your property for the entire year. The length of time for exchanges depends on the needs of the two parties swapping houses.

2. Work on an Organic Farm

WWOOF is just one organization assisting those who would like to work as volunteers on organic farms internationally. Many farmers are willing to open their homes to travelers who don’t mind putting in a few hours in the fields. Chip in with a few chores, and they will likely give you free meals, too. A great way to spend a few days (or weeks) in the country.

3. Become a “Mystery” Traveler

Certified “secret” and “mystery” shoppers can find work in any sector, including travel. You won’t have much control over when and where you travel, but you will get there for free and get paid for easy work. For instance, you could have been one of the secret shoppers who flew around England and exposed discrimination against disabled passengers.

4. House Sit!

Finding a gig like this is ideal, although you’ll probably need an impressive resume and references. You’ll get free accommodation in exchange for watering plants, walking a dog, and attending to other light chores and errands. Leaving plenty of time to explore a brand new city!

5. Become a “Driveaway” Driver

You can drive across the country in someone else’s car for free. It’s called a driveaway, or auto delivery service. And yes, it’s legit! While you do have to pay for gas, and often some type of deposit, car delivery services offer a much less expensive alternative to renting, especially if you’re looking for a cross-country adventure.

 6.Teach English Abroad

Teaching offers the opportunity to go almost anywhere in the world, and it’s undoubtedly one of the most rewarding options for travelers. As well as getting to know a culture from the inside and meeting plenty of like-minded folk, most of your expenses are covered and many schools will pay you on top of this.

7. History Buff? Try Giving Guided Tours!

If you’re looking to spend time in one place, consider getting to know your location and applying to become a tour guide. Tourism offices, hostels and specialist tour companies recruit English-speakers with local knowledge to become guides. You’ll need to be charming and confident to be successful, but it’s certainly possible to cover the costs of longer-term trips this way.

8. Become a Flight Attendant

International flight attendants often get to spend the night and maybe a day in a foreign city. They also receive great discounts on personal flights. If you want higher pay, think about becoming a pilot.

9. Volunteer With the Peace Corps

Though the Peace Corps is  27-month commitment, it comes with a myriad of benefits, including medical and dental care, free transportation to and from the country of service, intensive language training, student loan deferral or cancellation, food, housing, and, upon your return, a $7,000 readjustment allowance.

This position also offers you up to 48 paid vacation days, so you can travel within and around your placement country. Learn how to apply on the official PeaceCorps website!

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As for me, I often use Couchsurfing (https://www.couchsurfing.org/) or Global Freeloaders (http://www.globalfreeloaders.com/) everytime I travel. I got to meet lots of awesome people, local or foreigners and also helped me a lot in my intial itenerary.

Couchsurfing.org is a hospitality exchange and social networking website. The website provides a platform for members to “surf” on couches by staying as a guest at a host’s home, host travelers, or join an event.”

GlobalFreeloaders.com is an online community, bringing people together to offer you free accommodation all over the world. Save money and make new friends whilst seeing the world from a local’s perspective.”

I also use HelpX (http://www.helpx.net/) for a longer stay, which is more than 3 weeks stay. It save me lots of money especially on accommodation and sometimes foods. I always go for backpacker hostels as I get to meet other travelers and the place is often in the city centre. 

HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.

HelpX is provided primarily as a cultural exchange for working holiday makers who would like the opportunity during their travels abroad, to stay with local people and gain practical experience. In the typical arrangement, the helper works an average of 4 hours per day and receives free accommodation and meals for their efforts.”

Hope it help. Have fun traveling! 🙂

 

Invitation to R16 Korea 2014 ‘World Final’ for FREE!

June 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

Free Invitation to R16 Korea 2014 ‘World Final’.

2014-R16-WORLD-FINAL_ENG (1)Event : 2014 R16 Korea B-boy World championship

●Location: Jamsil ‘Olympic hall’ of the Olympic Park

●Date: July 5 (Sat) , July 6 (Sun) 18:00-22:00

●Please choose the one date on which you’d like to attend: July5 or July6

●2 tickets will be provided per person.

●How to apply

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uCu1XPCy8qVHLlZfZwpQnlNHejPn2MbOdyLlu7KpDHw/viewform

Please be reminded to fill out the guest’s information with yours.

●Application period : June 27 ~ July 2

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