I can’t believe it’s already been a month since our girls getaway to Jeju island, South Korea. Even though the weather was against us, we still had such an amazing 4 days on the island and enjoyed our time there. As someone who has been visiting South Korea for the last 6+ years, I had conveniently forgotten to add the island of Jeju to the menu. However, if I am honest, Seoul was always the destination for me but in 2020 I added Busan which was an amazing experience that prompted me to consider booking holidays for singles for my next trip. I am still buzzing from the trip because we did not just end with visiting the island of Jeju, we extended further and went to Vietnam which I will cover in a separate post.
As a solo traveller, there is nothing I love more than sharing with the world my experience of visiting a particular destination through the lens of my eyes. I know very well that being able to travel is a privilege that I do not take for granted and my wish is to encourage anyone wanting to explore a destination that they may not have considered before or adding it to their bucket list. Travelling around South Korea is pretty easy and for us it was made easier travelling the small island of Jeju because we hired a car and covered the entire island in the 4 days we were there. So, if you are planning a girls getaway to Jeju Island, South Korea, here is my personal experience visiting the island for the first time.
*This is a collaborative post, all opinions shared are my own.
Girls Getaway to Jeju Island, South Korea
When it comes to preparing for a girls getaway to Jeju Island, South Korea, you need to make sure you read up of the latest travel advice from your country of departure and also for the island of Jeju itself. Pre-2020, travel was simple in that you would pick a destination, decide how many days you wanted to visit for, plan all the places to explore, where to eat and where to stay. But of late, you need to include, are there any travel restrictions, i.e. do I need to be vaccinated or do a PCR test on/before arrival and how much will it cost? The idea here is not to deter you from travelling but to ensure you are well equipped before you embark on your trip and have your ducks in a row because you planned better.
There are several things you need to think about when planning a girls trip to any destination and the ones I have mentioned above are the most basic ones. For our girls getaway to Jeju Island, we made sure that it would be a ‘relaxing trip’ and not one where we would constantly be on the go trying to do everything the island has to offer. We left enough room to ensure we can go back to the island and try something different the time we visit. As I mentioned above, our trip was relaxed but even more so was we took it at our own pace and made decisions on the day on what we wanted to do and since we had hired a car, we could do anything we wanted.
Girls Trip Highlights to the island of Jeju
We arrived in Jeju Thursday night from Seoul Gimpo airport, it was an hour-ish flight and tickets were very affordable ($100 return each). Our car hire was a short bus ride from the airport, the free shuttle bus to us to the area we needed to collect the car from and it was a 45 minute drive to our hotel. When we arrived, the weather for early September was cool but not cold. The drive to the hotel was long because, it was our first time driving on the island at night and whilst roads are good, it was still unfamiliar plus it started raining. Our hotel was in an area called Seogwipo-si, it was very nice, quite and gave us the perfect view of the mountains which we didn’t explore due to the weather.
We spent the next 3 days by the whim as it rained hard for 2 of the 3 days but the one day it didn’t rain, we went everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Driving around the island was very therapeutic, the island of Jeju is small so we were able to venture out on drives and just explore around. There are so many wonderful cafes and restaurants can that we can recommend but in a separate post, I will share with you, the cost breakdown of the entire trip, where we stayed, were we ate and what we recommend you do during your trip there.