South Korea - Seoul

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South Korea is home to colourful hanboks and historical places in the middle of Seoul, South Koreas capitol. You will also find temples, fortresses and palaces.

Language & Helpful Phrases: Korean

  • Hello - an-nyeong-ha-se-yo
  • Thank you - gam-as-ham-ni-da
  • Delicious - mas-issneun
  • Don't want - wonhaji anh-a

Religion and Culture: While a little less than half of South Koreans practice religion, there are a few throughout the country. The major three are Protestant Christianity, Catholicism and Buddism. 

Transportation around South Korea: Transportation in Korea is excellent, probably one of the best in the world. Buses always leave on time, the trains and taxis are really cheap and metros are super clean. Most signs are in English as well as Korean, so it is very easy to travel in Korea.


Lotte World, astoundingly known as the largest indoor theme park in the world. Don't be put off by the fact that it is indoors, because it is impressive in size, rides an entertainment, and it does host an outdoor section called the 'Magic Island' which is connected to the indoor area by monorail. It even operates rollercoasters!


There are attractions aimed more at younger children, some that cater to families, and of course, the more thrilling rides for the adrenalin junkies. 


Most people would remember the global takeover that 'Gangnam Style' by Korean artist Psy achieved in 2012. The song took the world by storm, and hordes of people trawled the internet to find out what it is. The film clip itself was an over-the-top allegory of the affluent suburb of Gangnam, located in Seoul, where the residents are perceived to drip in riches and class. 



One of the best cultural experiences i have ever had in Korea is Located in Yongin and only 35 minute taxi drive from Gangnam is the Korean Folk Village. We had the chance to experience and see traditional Korean culture and architecture. The grounds are much larger than we expected. We were lucky enough to be shown around by my cousins wife's parents. If you are a fan of KDrama then you need to go here. I personally have only ever been into one KDrama but This folk village has been the filming location for quite a lot of dramas and you too can wear hanbok and take photos where your favourite stars walked. 




 The main reason we decided to visit Korea and make a trip out of it was because my cousin Misho was marrying his beautiful fiancee Juhee. Below are some pictures i took of the stunning wedding we attended.




Namsan Seoul Tower, more commonly known as N Seoul Tower, is one of Seoul's most recognisable landmarks today. To get to the top you will need to ride the cable car with a small round trip fee. This will take you to and from Namsan Mountain in under 5 minutes each way. It doesn't land straight at the tower itself but will have you take a scenic route involving lots of stairs 😅. Once we arrived, you need to buy another entrance ticket to go to the observatory. So we jumped into an elevator which took us to the top, the view from the tower was incredible!


We visited three different Line Friends Stores while in Korea. This one would have to be my favourite 😍. 






New Zealand - Queenstown

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Queenstown is located in the South Island on Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand. There is so much to see and do in the area, such as explore the beautiful mountain ranges, valleys, lakes. We ended up renting a car for our time in Queenstown as there was so much to see! We booked a car from Snap Rentals because they had the best rates and the KM was limitless!! From the airport to town it is about a 15 minute drive, so once you arrive into town, be sure to drop off your bags and go out and explore.


WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING Q U E E N S T O W N 

  • The local currency is the New Zealand Dollar. 
  • Fuel is super expensive.
  • Woolworths is called Countdown.
  • You don't need to tip! 
  • There really is a lot of livestock (Sheep. Lots of sheep.)






WHAT   TO  D O   I N   Q U E E N S T O W N 

Hiking - Aoraki National Park - The Hooker Valley Track, The Blue Pools Track etc. 

Skiing - If you visit in the winter time, definitely go to The Remarkable's and Cornet Peak for the best skiing and snowboarding! 

Queenstown to Glenorchy - Do not miss this drive if you are in Queenstown, as it definitely is one of the most beautiful drives in the south island of New Zealand.

Bungy Jumping - if you got the adrenaline rush to do this, there are many to choose from! 

Quad biking & Horse Riding - if your into riding horses or driving a quad bike, than this is the best activity for you especially at Cardrona - Experience the Cardrona. 

Queenstown Skyline Luge - The best activity to start off your trip is going to Queenstown's skyline and going on the luge! 

Town Hopping - There are a few different towns to visit such as Arrowtown or Glenorchy!  

Osen Hot Pools - You must book a spa at the Onsen Hot Pools, it has the best view of Shotover River! 

Jet Boating -  Try out Shooter River Jet or Dart River Jet.  https://www.dartriver.co.nz/






WHERE  TO   S T A Y 

Holiday House: Frankton 984 Frankton Road, is were we stayed. A holiday house, which I must say would have to be the best decision. Who doesn't love a whole house, especially when your sharing with family and it also has the best view of Lake Wakatipu!! 

Azur Lodge: An apartment-style accommodation, great choice for couples.




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I loved Queenstown, it is an incredibly beautiful place that i'd love to visit again. It is my new travel destination love. It is the prettiest, most delightful and exciting spot. The snow-capped mountains reminded me of Switzerland and on the ground , the buildings and the whole vibe of Queenstown reminded me of many European towns. Everywhere you turn there is something so spectacular off into the distance it is hard to know where to turn next, and it is for this reason that i felt such peace and so still, patient, happy and relaxed. Queenstown is not only a delight to your taste buds as much as it is to your eyes! I honestly can't wait to go back to the place that has kind of stole my little Aussie heart. 




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