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So -- I'm about to fly out for LCA + visiting [personal profile] afuna + 36 hours in South Korea.

The LCA portion of the trip is scheduled and planned. I know exactly what I'm doing and when, just about, and it's all worked out. No worries or problems there, also, not much time to sightsee.

The Philippines portion of the trip is fairly scheduled, but has a few open days at the end that we're holding until we see how things are going and then decide what to do. That's fine, I know [personal profile] afuna will take care of me and not let me die!

However, the Seoul portion of the trip so far is unscheduled entirely. I don't have a hotel room, I have barely looked at the map, etc.

I'm considering -- and this is where you come in! -- leaving it that way. Showing up at the airport with my luggage and passport and just winging it. Finding maps at the airport, picking a direction, and setting off on transit. Going around in a loop until I see an interesting hotel and area, then hopping off and trying to check in. Asking around for interesting places to go and see. Entirely unscheduled and serendipitous.

I understand that means I may not see the XYZ the most famous LMNOP in all of QTH, but hey, it actually sounds kind of fun to just be lost. (I guess except that I might end up being mugged somewhere. I don't actually know how safe Seoul is, or if there are bad areas, or if I'd even recognize a bad area... presumably I would? I have no idea.)

Anyway -- am I totally crazy for considering this? :)

Date: 2013-01-25 09:02 pm (UTC)

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From: [personal profile] synecdochic
I love doing travel that way! (And I thought we were going to be doing the post-LCA Australia wanderings like that, but there was a Marital Miscommunication and now we are scheduled, woe.)

But I say do some basic reading on neighborhoods, safety, etc, and then go for it. If you can research a vague overall sense of the "feel" of the city, in terms of where it's safe for a white dude who doesn't speak the language and where you'd be more likely to get into trouble, and a grasp of what the State Department thinks you need to know, I say go for it! And tell us what happens :)

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