Travel is Stressful, Time to Relax!
No matter what, you can’t escape that simple truth. There is so much to think about, plan for and consider during your trip. By the time it is over, we all feel like we need a vacation from our vacation. So it is a good idea to plan for ways to just relax and refresh but, how can we do that in Korea without draining our budget? You’re in luck, because we are going to show you how! Relaxing doesn’t have to be expensive!
JJimjilbang (찜질방) is a Hot Idea!
A jjimjilbang is a Korean Bath House. “JJimjil” comes from the Korean words to describe a “heated place.” Inside, they have showers, baths, hot tubs, saunas, a relaxation room and often even offer massages. One of the best things about them is the extremely low prices. When you go in, you will be greeted like they were waiting just for you! You select what you want (i.e. if you would like a massage), pay a relatively tiny amount (compared to what you would in Europe or America), they give you some clothes (for the common area) and you kiss your stress goodbye! Oh, and don’t feel embarrassed if you happen to fall asleep inside, it happens all the time. In fact, some people go with the intention of getting a little nap.
Other than the outstanding service, amenities and low prices, jjimjilbang are very convenient. As soon as you learn to recognize the emblem for them, you will realize that they are EVERYWHERE! Most are safe, clean and respectable (no funny business) so go in and wash away your stress.
Chill in the Park!
Throughout the hustle and bustle of the day, after the excitement of the sprawling cities and stress of the crowded trains, you need a moment. A moment to escape back to nature, slow down and hit the reset button. The parks offer a tranquil setting to relax alone or with friends. The Korean people built them perfectly so that most either have a theme or are surrounding a beautiful piece of history. Best of all, most are free! So, grab some friends, buy some food, maybe even bring some beers and have a picnic before moving on to your next “Must-See” item on your list.
Reflect at the Han River.
One of the most beautiful sights in the world is the Seoul city skyline at night! However, when you see that skyline reflecting in the Han River, you will be hooked for life! Every night people congregate along its shoreline to enjoy a quiet evening with someone special or a group of friends. We highly recommend doing this at lease once. If you really want your breath stolen, find a place near Banpo Bridge. During the warmer months they play music and put on a beautiful show with water cannons and light. Bring a blanket to sit on, family or friends (maybe a date), grab some snacks and drinks and stay as long as you like. There is no closing time and you are not going to want to leave.
Be Carefree in the Café
Weather you like traditional, retro, fantasy, animals, cool, cute or something else, Korea has a café to fit your mood and style. Maybe you are traveling with your spouse and kids and you just need a break, check out one of the many kids cafés. Its a total win. The kids get to go be crazy and play, while the adults get to sit back and relax with a delicious coffee. Many of the themed cafés don’t charge anything extra, just the cost of your drinks and maybe some treats. Grab a cup, pull up a chair and forget where (and in some, who) you are for a while!
Rise Above it all, “Up on the Roof!”
At the top of most of the high-rise apartment buildings is a rooftop oasis. Few foreigners get to experience these “Urban Hideaways” but, if you are visiting a friend or renting an apartment on Air B&B you really should go up and see this! Most buildings have made a cute little community center up there. You step out and suddenly the city feels so far away while still being right there for you to just sit and watch as it goes by.
Get Away from Your Getaway… Relaxing can be Cheap!
In a busy country and cities that refuse to sleep, you can find ways to stop and refresh your mind, body and soul. There is absolutely no reason why you should come home from Korea and need a vacation from your vacation. Pace yourself and take the time to refresh yourself. You don’t have to see and do everything in one trip, we are pretty sure that you will be back. For a taste of Korean culture and more ideas, hop on over to our main page and check out our culture boxes (we have a copy of our magazine in every box)!