If you’re travelling to PyeongChang, South Korea for the Winter Olympics then you’re in for a couple of magical weeks of blending culture with international snow sports. We know how tense it can get when you’re watching some of the world’s greatest ice-skaters, skiers, snowboarders and more try to clinch that gold. That’s why we want to help to keep things cool and calm for the rest of your holiday too. Read on for some travel tips, which could help to ensure you enjoy an amazing Winter Olympics holiday.
What’s the plan?
Carefully preparing a schedule for your trip can help you keep your stress levels down and let you just focus on the sports. This means noting the times and locations of the events you’re going to see, as well as working out your transport routes and finding out how long it will take to travel between certain locations. There will be a free bus shuttle service from the KTX station to the venues but, as is the case at most international events, transport routes do get busy. More information about public transport around the Winter Olympics venues, including the nearest bus terminals and train stations to each event location, can be found on the PyeongChang2018 website.
Grab a bite!
It’s easy to let the excitement of the Olympics take over everything. You’re likely to have action-packed days of running from place to place, cheering for Team GB and partying into the evening. Yet, you could end up forgetting to make time to eat and drink before you start feeling tired and a little light-headed. In case of these situations, it could be worth having a couple of places in mind to go for food around PyeongChang and Gangneung, if you’re going to watch the sports in both areas. Sites like TripAdvisor tend to be helpful for finding restaurants nearby and this part of the Gangwon province appears to have plenty of eateries serving local cuisine, as well as some pizza places if you don’t feel like branching out. If all else fails, locate a supermarket for a bottle of water and some basic ingredients that you can quickly put together.
See the sights
If you have time, it could be worth taking a day off from Olympics-related excitement and exploring PyeongChang county. Having a relatively relaxed day could help you to recharge, ready for your next Olympic events, and give you a chance to learn a little bit about the local culture. You could visit Woljeongsa Temple near PyeongChang, where you view relics from the Buddhist culture of the Goryeo Dynasty such as the nine-story octagonal pagoda. In Gangneung, you could visit Ojukheon, which is one of the oldest preserved Korean houses, or you could see the sculptures in the art park of Haslla Art World. If you want to stick to an Olympics theme, you could learn about previous bids for an Olympic Games at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics Promotion Hall in Gangneung. You could also go to the ski jumping tower in PyeongChang’s Alpensia Resort and maybe even catch a glimpse of a practicing athlete!
Going to the Olympics is such a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, so it can be easy to get swept up in the moment and end up buying various unnecessary things. As well as the usual tourist souvenirs that you could be tempted by, you may want to work out how much you’re willing to spend on meals and if you can afford tickets to extra events – that’s if the opportunity to buy more tickets presents itself. That’s why it might be useful to work out how much you can afford to splash out on this trip before you set off and to stick closely to this budget. Perhaps this might help you keep your bank balance relatively healthy for when you get home! Planning where to go for food in advance, as mentioned earlier, is one way to keep control over your budget. If you get the chance to buy more Olympics tickets, consider which events are within your budget as you may find that certain sports are cheaper. Lastly, when it comes to souvenirs, ask yourself this: do you really need that PyeongChang 2018 mascot stuffed toy?
There’s many layers to this…
PyeongChang is affectionately known as the South Korean Alps. So, as you might expect, it will be a lot colder than what we are used to in the UK. According to advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, temperatures could fall as low as -20°C. For this reason, make sure you have a good supply of winter clothes with you. This could include things like down jackets, hats, scarves, jumpers, gloves and thermal base layers. However, do consider where you are going to be throughout the day. For example, if you’re on a bus for a long period of time, your full winter gear might get too warm. It might be worth layering your clothing so that you can remove some of it if you need to. Also, try not to be discouraged if you feel your winter wear is unfashionable, it’ll almost certainly be too cold to matter!
With our advice, hopefully you’ll have a little bit more peace of mind to help you enjoy the events unfolding at PyeongChang 2018! Another thing that could be useful to have while you’re on your Olympic adventure is travel insurance*. The Insurance Emporium’s Black travel insurance policy includes a range of Standard Benefits, such as unlimited Medical Expenses. If you think this could help to ensure a wonderful Winter Olympics trip, get your skates on and glide on over to The Insurance Emporium!
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