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    Anyone travelled alone before?

    Moving to Seoul for a year as of next friday.

    Kinda worried, hasn't really hit me properly yet.
    Anyone got any advice for travelling/surviving/putting down roots?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 100xobm View Post
    Moving to Seoul for a year as of next friday.

    Kinda worried, hasn't really hit me properly yet.
    Anyone got any advice for travelling/surviving/putting down roots?
    Do you have a basic grasp of the language?

    That and submerging yourself into the local culture are the best advice that I can give you.
    If you have a job or are studying, try to give yourself a routine and do site seeing in the weekends.

    Look for expat groups in Seoul (most have websites and groups), but be careful that you don't find a "bring my own country to Korea"-group.

    Hope that this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rene "Zendokan" Gysenbergs View Post
    Do you have a basic grasp of the language?

    That and submerging yourself into the local culture are the best advice that I can give you.
    If you have a job or are studying, try to give yourself a routine and do site seeing in the weekends.

    Look for expat groups in Seoul (most have websites and groups), but be careful that you don't find a "bring my own country to Korea"-group.

    Hope that this helps.
    I speak a little but am planning to learn (primarily because girls, but also basic survival).
    Good advice about the groups, I'm looking at that on meetup.com
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    Also, as serious advice: Do not worry. In the beginning, it's a bit lonely, but as you'll get settled, things will become more normal. My best recommendation: Do not try to force yourself into a social life structure, at least not unless it involves you being blown by beautiful girls. All this stuff, friends, acquaintances, a new local routine, comes naturally, with time. :)

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    Also, under no circumstances, ever make Starcraft jokes in front of a Korean. They do not think they're funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiro Protagonist View Post
    Also, under no circumstances, ever make Starcraft jokes in front of a Korean. They do not think they're funny.
    Yeah, since Tae Kwon Do failed, StarCraft is their national sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 100xobm View Post
    Moving to Seoul for a year as of next friday.

    Kinda worried, hasn't really hit me properly yet.
    Anyone got any advice for travelling/surviving/putting down roots?
    Settling in's always a lot easier when you get to know a few people. Fittingly, martial arts clubs are one of the best places to make new friends when moving to a new area, in my experience at least. So do judo. And buy a Korean Zombie t shirt if you haven't already.

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    I hear the northerners have a bad attitude in those parts. So it should be pretty similar to the U.S. if you've ever traveled here.

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    The more language you learn, the better off you'll be in terms of being able to freely walk around on your own, visit X place on a whim and generally learn more about the place where you're living. Korea has a lot of English speakers, but you're better off learning to not rely on this if you're stayign for the long term. This kind of limits the kinds of people you're going to meet to a circle of people who've already invested in meeting foreign people. Try to make a group of friends that are strictly from the country where you're staying. These are the guys that will take you places that are less 'touristy'.

    Its easy to get stuck in a daily routine/work pattern, which can help you get used to living in a new country, but don't let this make all of the choices for you. I suggest taking your time off as you choose when a chance to comes up. This'll give you a chance to get some interesting experiences worth talking about. I've never worked in Korea, but a lot of the 'find an English speaker' companies try to treat you like a disposable resource at the expense of labor law. You should act accordingly and have a general understanding of the rules you'll be working under. At least you should find out who to ask about these kind of questions. Be careful what you sign, contract-wise.

    One good thing, opposed to Japan, is that Korea allowed easy transfers of money between foreign banks, which is a quite handy thing to be able to do. Expect some differences in how money is handled than in your country and possibly some limitations on what you can/can't do. In Japan, I had problems with signing contracts for housing without cosigners and getting credit cards. These might be different in Korea though.

    Only take the stuff you know you can't be replaced with something from over there. For me this was roll on deoderant/antiperspirant. (Japan uses spray on) Things like that will make you more comfortable and save you money and effort. Also, figure out how to ship stuff home cheaply and how the local postal system works for things like that. If the time comes to move back or send presents etc. this is good to do in advance rather than last minute.
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