The Three Main Lessons
1. Learn the language
It doesn’t take too much time or effort to learn the basics of the language that they commonly employ in the country you’re visiting. You’ll find out that it actually helps quite a bit in your interaction with locals. A few useful Korean phrases that I used are:
- Annyeonghaseyo – Hello
- Annyeong hashimnikka – Good Morning
- Araso – I understand
- Mianhamnida or Mianhae – Sorry
- Kamsahamnida – Thank you (most common one that I used!)
For more phrases to learn, a handy site to look up is: Omniglot
2. Adapt by using the right adaptors
Make sure you know what type of power sockets are found in the country… and bring your own adaptor (BYOA)! For Korea, the standard voltage is 220 volts, meaning the outlet has two round holes. This was one of the major lessons I learnt in hindsight as I found myself constantly stuck with low battery on my phone with some of the hotels not having the multi-travel adapters.
Note: France, Germany and Austria have the same type of outlet.
3. Know the season, know what to wear
One of the key things that you should really be doing before planning a trip is choosing the time of year you’re visiting the country. Once you’ve decided, you know what type of clothing to bring across with you. I went to Korea in early May which is late Spring season. It did get a bit chilly in the morning and evening but otherwise it was quite nice and warm during the day. During this season, the average temperature range is between 7.1℃ and 17.8℃.
Source: Official Site of Korean Tourism