Seattle to Seoul on a shoestring
While airports on the Eastern Seaboard like JFK and Newark are convenient for European trips, Pacific Northwest air hub Sea-Tac is equally well placed for Asian adventures.
One of which is a vibrant vacation to South Korea — just 11 hours away on the quickest non-stop flight, but an entirely different world where ancient traditions and cutting-edge culture sit side by side.
Making this dream destination your next vibrant vacay can be cheaper than you might think — here’s some advice on travelling from Seattle to Seoul on a shoestring.
You can fly non-stop from Seattle Tacoma International Airport to Seoul with carriers like Asiana Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air and flights typically take between 11 and 13 hours. Round-trip ticket prices vary depending on demand and desired travel dates, but they can be found for around $1000.
But if you don’t mind a layover, indirect flights from companies like Air Canada, United Airlines and Alaskan Airlines are sometimes slightly cheaper — subject to the variables mentioned, they come in around the $800 mark at the time of writing.
It’s always best to shop around, so check cheap Seattle to Seoul flights on expedia.com and select the best deal from a range of airlines.
There’s lots to see in Seoul, from the iconic and inspirational Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces to the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art and the techno, house and K-Pop clubs of vibrant Gagnam-gu.
So you might want to find accommodation that’s close to the attractions you’ve earmarked — this is especially important if you’re only in town for a few days.
However, if you’re travelling further afield in South Korea to sites like the stunning Seongsan Sunrise Peak on Jeju Island or stunning Seoraksan national park, you’ll naturally need somewhere to stay nearby.
Whatever your tour itinerary, you’ll find cheap Korean hotels at Kayak.com as well as ratings, reviews and information on the most cost-effective times to visit.
No matter how cool you’d look cruising the streets of Seoul in your Cadillac convertible, you probably don’t want to blow your Benjamins on the shipping costs associated with taking your vehicle on holiday.
But you might want to travel to Sea-Tac in your own ride to avoid feeling flustered and frustrated by possible public transport delays and cramped conditions.
And there are few things nicer after a long-haul flight home than jumping in your automobile and driving off to reunite with your nearest and dearest.
So book cheap Seattle-Tacoma airport parking at Looking4.com and you’ll save cash on valet and park and fly options.
A South Korean vacation should satisfy your wanderlust for a good while — it’s a country that’s different enough to delight but terrifically tuned to satisfying the demands of US tourists.
These tips will help you travel from Seattle to Seoul on a shoestring and make the most of a magnificent destination without maxing out your savings.
Do you have any tips for a South Korean trip? Share them in the comments section.