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Wandering in Korea

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Before the trip to Korea last month, I didn't make any detailed plans except the air tickets and only two accommodations respectively in Busan and Jeju. This is not the first time with only rough and even no plans, and at least I did the same when I was traveling in Taiwan for a month in 2013.

My goal of travel is simple: just travel because I am a wanderer. It's already enough. Open my eyes, see everything surrounding around me driven by curiosity.

We read travel guides because we believed there should be good recommendations, however they are not usually suggested tailoring our needs and favors. Places become popular not because so many people like them but since they only know those and they don't know the other.

Let's calm down, and think what if you don't go to the places that people regard as must-go. Will you feel regretted for the remaining lifetime if you miss those places? I may have that feeling just after the trip, but I will easily forget those places. When I revisit the city, I never consider going there even I remember it.

I don't deny suggestions from travel guides, but I would consider it as one of many options. If you look into it, it would be great. If you ignore it, you will miss nothing. As there are more and more relevant travel information from books, social media and even leaflets which are available at airports, you don't have to worry that you don't know what to do in a few days. If you can't get those, you will still get recommendations from hostel mates even if you don't ask them about that. If no one tells you what to do, just start walking from your hostel or hotel you are staying.

Just walk around aimlessly. Look at everything, see if there are something like cafes, shops, advertisements interesting you. You are better than every others who know what you really need.

This is what I do just after I arrive in a city. It is beneficial not only discovering new things people don't talk about and you really love, but also for one's safety. In an information age, we are usually cautious of only what people tell, while overlooking what they don't mention or something they regard as safety. Everything can become better and worse. Some arguments can be urban legends, and, if it is a fact, it was long time ago. Don't forget you have five senses, and the findings from your senses do really help!

KoreaAlvin Cwander