Tips For Cheap Travel In Korea &  An ESL Conversation On Cheap Travel Around The World

Tips For Cheap Travel In Korea & An ESL Conversation On Cheap Travel Around The World

As this ESL conversation lesson is on cheap travel around the world, I wanted to take a moment to share some quick tips on how to travel on a cheap budget in Korea.  If you are interested in downloading the free ESL conversation lesson on cheap travel destinations and travel around the world, feel free to scroll past my 4 quick tips to the bottom of this blog.

1. Lodging budget: 5 -15 dollars a day

My number one tip is to take a leap of faith and book yourself a stay at a  jjimjilbang (찜질방).  These are basically traditional public bathhouses or spas furnished with a variety of amenities such as hot tubs, saunas, massage tables, sleeping and lounging rooms, TV rooms, exercise rooms, ice rooms, singing rooms, pc rooms, (you name it), and sleeping quarters typically furnished with a mat or bunk.  These facilities are open 24/7 and will run you 5 to 15 dollars depending on whether you opt for a place to sleep for the night (in a public area or a small private quarters). You’ve also got options such as airbnb and couchsurfing (check out the website) but whatever you do don’t book a western style hotel. They are overpriced and completely lacking in the typical amenities that are available in Asia.  If you are looking to splurge I recommend an upscale ‘love motel’ where you’ll probably live larger than you ever have for an evening with all the ridiculous amenities you are provided with such as huge hot tubes and multiple big screen TV’s.

2. Food  Budget: 1.50 - 5 dollars a meal

I’d say your best bet as far as food if you are traveling on a tight budget or looking to cut a few corners is to grab a roll of gimbap (김밥) which I’d classify as a cheap version of sushi.  You are gonna get all the nutrients you need for life on the go (rice, various veggies, meat/fish) in a convenient to-go roll often wrapped in tinfoil so that it travels well. Grab a few rolls before you get-to hiking on one of  Korea’s numerous mountains or grab a few rolls and a bottle of soju and lounge at the seaside. A roll of gimbap will run as low as a buck and a half and a bottle of soju will get you feeling good as the most popular and cheapest sauce in town as it runs at a buck and a half as well.

3. Transit Budget: 3  to 10 dollars a day

Head to the convenience store and get yourself a t-money or traffic card because - congratulations - you are in the country with arguably the best public transit in the world so make sure you take advantage of it (especially if you aren’t far from Seoul).  You can load your transit card in the convenience store or at the kiosks located in every subway station. I recommend loading it with around 10 bucks or 10,000 won to start out with. If you have a smart phone download an app for the subway system and you’ll easily be able to navigate and travel in a timely fashion by knowing when and where all the trains arrive and depart as well as when that crucial last train runs.  Also, keep in mind you can often travel for free on the bus after you’ve gotten off the subway within a limited period of time, and that this transit card will also work on all buses and taxis. Taxis are affordable but you do have to be wary of being overcharged, and long transit via bus and high speed train aren’t especially cheap but are reasonable.

4. Entertainment budget: 0 to 10 dollarsa day

There are plenty of exhibitions and entertainment available in Seoul as well as well-maintained trails and facilities along the mountains and park areas throughout Korea (the majority of which are free). I’d say there is no reason to spend any money in Korea entertainmentwise if you aren't looking to.  If you are looking to shake things up make a new friend (Koreans are quite friendly) and head to a singing room or bar-hop/coffee-hop along the coast and hit up the traditional markets (시장) whenever possible to see, feel, and taste things you never have before.

Now then, if you are looking for a travel themed ESL conversation lesson on cheap travel as well I've provided a free ESL conversation pdf below so that you can further discuss cheap travel around the world with your ESL students. Just scroll down to the end of this blog and click the image if you'd like to download this free ESL conversation lesson pdf, and if you find it useful I've made a book format as well which includes 24 lessons.

Our lesson format includes: imagery, table topic, hypothetical table topic, guided conversation questions, two conversational activities, and a homework project.


Some ESL conversation questions in the lesson include:

Which of the activities on the previous page sounds the most attractive to you? Why so?  What are some travel options or destinations you know of that are easy on the wallet? Do you have any good travel tips for traveling cheaply?  Have you ever lived on a dime? What was it like?  Do you know of any good places to go tubing in your home country? Does tubing sound like something you'd like to try?  Where was your last trip? What was your daily budget like?  Have you ever traveled to an expensive location? If so, how was it?


Lesson topics


 easy on the wallet: (informal)  not expensive
Nepal. Nepal is one of the world's least expensive yet incredible places for mountain trekking. Now that's easy on the wallet!
tubing: the leisure activity of riding on water or snow on a large inflated inner tube
Laos. For about 5 to 10 bucks you can go tubing all day in Laos!
grabbike: a peer to peer transportation service for motorbikes
Vietnam. Grabbike is a service quite similar to Uber. Just on a bike!
bask (in the sun): to lie in or be exposed to a pleasant warmth; to take great pleasure
Laos. Laos is an excellent place to bask in the sun. They have a wide variety of outdoor activities that are both fun and cheap!


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