Wordless Wednesday

We’re planning a 2 night bike trip next weekend. My mind is on the bike paths in Korea today.

Road fatalities in Korea

By Whit Altizer The Korea Herald runs some pretty fantastic graphic news photos. This one not so fantastic. Getting on the roads in Korea as a cyclist, pedestrian or driver is a bit of a leap of faith as people seem to be always pressed for time, and not taking into account they are essentially…

The Korean Experience

Originally posted on July 26, 2013 at BikeToursDirect. This is about Whit’s experience cycling Korea’s bike paths for the first time last summer.  The old woman wore a long, black dress, her hair pulled back in a bun. She waved me over the way Koreans do: fingers pointed down with a couple of flicks of the…

Korea’s Bike Paths: Maps

We love Korea’s bike paths. They have added a whole new element to living in Korea. In almost every major city in Korea you can hop on a river bike path and cycle to some other part of the country. In about 30 minutes of riding from our doorstep, through a college campus, a few…

I heart Heuksando

We’re madly in love with the islands off of Mokpo. Jeollanamdo’s islands have been the site of battles, tragedy and a vibrant fishing industry. For now, they are a well-kept Korean secret. Heuksando might be the most picturesque island in Korea. In fact, the New York Times probably didn’t endear them to anyone last week…

Train to Incheon Airport

Travel just got a little better for you if you fly out of Incheon International Airport and live outside of Seoul. Just recently, from most major cities in Korea, you can now take the KTX directly from your city to the airport without having to transfer at Seoul Station.  So for those of us that will soon…

7 tips for staying positive in Korea

By Whit Altizer Expats in Korea seem to fall into one of two camps. The positive and the negative. Trust me, having been here for almost 6 years now I’ve found myself in both. But I refuse to stay negative for long. So if you are teaching, in the military stationed in Korea or a…

Hansando—>Gujora Beach, Gojae Island

If you live near or around Busan then you probably don’t need an introduction to Gujora Beach on Gojae Island. But for us, who spent most of our beach time in Korea on the islands off Mokpo in the west, Gojae Island is a new discovery. We took our son on a day trip there…

Gyeongsan to Busan by bike!

Originally posted to: http://blog.biketoursdirect.com/ Traveling often seems to give us that Eat, Pray, Love feeling. Please pardon the cliché reference. But, you travelers out there, you know what I mean. You know, the moment when you realize you don’t care you gained ten pounds from eating too much pizza margherita in Napoli. Or when you…

Bike Korea

Korea is nothing if not a country full of surprises. Delicious food. Beautiful beaches. Excellent hiking. Warm smiles. I knew nothing about this country before I came. From afar, it seemed unstable, crowded and dirty. The country I thought I’d tolerate for a year only to have an experience working abroad has become a second home. This week,…