Graciella Balcita

Korea All in Package

Why do you travel?

To relax & bond, de-stress/re-charge

Gather new experiences & possibly collect ideas for our business

To enjoy new places/countries

Learn more about other people & culture

What did you love most about your trip?

We loved the food the most and our tour guide was great, learned a lot from her because she shared a lot of things about Korea (place itself, people/culture), highlights on the differences vs ours (Filipinos) – she knows quite a lot about us and even speaks a lot of Tagalog words. Fluent in English. She was also very passionate, entertaining, caring, patient and managed the group well especially that majority were senior citizens and some were quite challenging to handle.

What’s the one thing you won’t forget?

The winter season – snow, cold weather

What will you come back for in this trip?

Food, ski experience and season (try spring next time)

Did this trip inspire you in any way? How?

Yes, to work hard & travel more, collect more memories & experiences, visit other countries

Feel happy & lucky that we are able to travel while we are still young

Why do you think Filipinos should travel?

To learn more about other people and their culture, be inspired by their discipline & progress

Appreciate our country as well because we have a lot of tourist spots that we must value and promote more

Any travel tips/hacks you’d like to share?

Always go the airport early esp during your return flight to settle tax refund/pick-up duty-free items you have bought early on (specific to Korea)

For late-night flights, bring food or eat before going to the airport as the fast-food/restos are closed already before midnight (Incheon airport)

Bring adapter and extension cord so you can charge your phones easily

Why did you choose to #travelwithaccess?

Had an affordable package for this specific tour (vs our former agency)

We think that Access carefully selects the places that will be included in the tour

Any recommendations on how you think Access can improve to serve Filipinos better? 

For this specific tour, it would have been better if the flight was earlier like around lunchtime and allot the whole afternoon as free time.  Also, just include either one of Red Pine Gallery or Ginseng or Amethyst Shop visit only and replace with Korean traditional village visit or just add more hours to Everland & Myeongdong shopping (2 hrs for each are not enough, should be at least 4 hrs for each)

Include pocket wifi, this was included in our Japan tour package from another agency last year

Explore a different hotel that offers variety for breakfast, we ate the same breakfast for the entire 3 days: sausage + scrambled egg + rice + salad (exactly the same for 3 days)

Provide an option for an extended stay (esp for 3-day tours or those packages without free days)

What are the places in your travel bucket list?

Europe, Iceland Expedition, Latin America and North America

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