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Trazy’s 5-Day Countdown Sale: Spend Less. Travel More in Korea

Hey, travelers! Want to spend less and travel more? Then, check this out. Here, we’ve shared the easiest way to save money on your travel expenses when traveling to South Korea!countdown salePsst, have you heard? Right now, Korea’s #1 travel guide, Trazy.com, is offering their Biggest-Sale-Ever ‘Trazy’s 5 Day Countdown Sale till 2016′ as a End-of-Year sale. Kicked off on Trazy’s Facebook page on December 27th, this Countdown Sale features Daily Deals with a limited time and will run until 31st!


Economical Eating In Korea- Be Healthy Without Being Bankrupt

oh thank heaven, 7 Eleven!

There is no greater sight when your hungry and kinda broke (and quite possibly a little drunk) than the orange and green neon from the brightly lit store you can find one or more of within walking distance, which pretty much has everything you could ever need to survive. They are literally everywhere (probably more of them than pictures of the King!) and are open 24 hours. You really can live off of only 7 eleven in Thailand as it is cheap, they have all kinds of ready made food, microwaves to cook it in and ice cold air con to enjoy during your shopping trip. Being homeless and living on a budget we have spent many hours and eaten many meals at various 7 eleven's around the country (my favorite one so far was in Haad Rin, Koh Phangan - they had popcorn, a toastie assembly line and cute soi puppies outside!) and I thought I should showcase some of the finer points of this fundamental establishment.

Korea Homestay

If you're looking for accomodation in Korea, try homestay. There is no deposit, no key money, breakfast is included.

We guarantee a safe living environment and a chance to practice the language. Get a first-hand experience of Korean culture, cook Korean food, participate in the everyday rituals of a real Korean family!

As you get to live together with a real Korean family homestay is a great way to experience Korean culture and improve your Korean. No need to worry about privacy - you get a room and bathroom for yourself. The families will teach you how to cook Korean food, invite you to their traditional celebrations, and even show you around town. And the price is the same as a normal "one-room".

Question from a reader: advice for families?

A reader writes in looking for information about families and cost of living:

First off, I would like to thank you for answering many of my questions about South Korea. Chris, I have not found any information specific for families. I am married and we have two young children. Many questions have been answered, but is there any advice you can give? By the way, could you also give a cost of living price list such as rent, food, internet, clothing, etc...?

[S.N.]

S.N.,


Question from a reader: utility bills

A reader named S.Y. writes in:
I'm thinking of going to korea and was just curious about what your monthly utilities (internet/electricty/gas) end up being.

For most teachers, utilities will comprise a pretty small portion of the money leaving your bank account. The set up on how to pay them depends on the school - some schools will automatically pay your bills and deduct the amounts from your paycheck. Others will take a hands-off role, and the bills will come to you.

Although the exact amount of a utility bill obviously varies with usage, you can expect the following (assuming one-person, smallish-sized housing as is typical for apartments provided by schools):

Electric: 15,000 - 20,000 won / month (peak: 30,000 / month)
Water: 10,000 - 20,000 won / month (peak: 25,000 / month)

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