People often make the assumption that travelers are either wealthy or don't have a stable and demanding job. It couldn't be less true and I am the perfect example of that. I've been working and living in China for the past 2,5 years. While I am earning a decent salary that doesn't make me Cresus and on top of that I only have 15 days of holidays per year. Americans might think it's a lot while Europeans, especially French people, might go on strike just by the thought of it😜. I grew up in Belgium, the capital of Europe, and trust me I am still on the accustomed phase 😂
However, there are plenty of ways to adapt and keep exploring while having a full-time job, a normal salary and fewer holiday leave because where there's a will there's a way!
Here's how I escaped from the city this weekend using my 5 tips to travel on the cheap side in China.
Despite the ups and downs you can encounter while living abroad, life in Shanghai is pretty amazing. There are always new spots to discover, social activities for every taste but most importantly endless food options. What else can you ask, right? Still, something cruelly missing in Shanghai and in many cities in China is FRESH AIR! Pollution is without a doubt one of China downsizes. Even though the government is slowly trying to do something about it. The reality is still the same. Therefore, finding places to escape is a MUST!
Moganshan or Mount Mogan is a 3 hours drive from Shanghai and is located near Hangzhou. The mountain became for many Shanghainese and expats in Shanghai the place to go to escape from the city, breathe some fresh air and enjoy nature. This is exactly what I decided to do the weekend prior to my birthday as I wouldn't have truly celebrated without travelling somewhere NEW.
First Road trip in China!!!
It was my first time doing a road trip in China and man I was EXCITED. Driving in China can be quite scary but totally not impossible. Plus, depending on which country you are from, you can easily obtain the right to drive in China with your foreign licence.
This is how on a Saturday morning around 10:30 am, we took the road praying that traffic wouldn't be too bad. Considering that we arrive at our B&B around 2:30 pm, one can say that it could have been worst especially when you are welcomed by singing birds, heavy sun, and SILENCE. Everything we were looking for 😎😎😎
Going to new places without any expectations is always a good idea. Although, I've only heard really good comments about South Korea, the landscape, coffee places and narrow streets definitely took me by surprise. There is a sense of serendipity floating around the city and I enjoyed every minute of that feeling. However, what I loved the most was how art could be found at every corner streets. Plus, you must know now that I have a thing for coloured walls.
Ihwa Village & Busan Gamcheon Cultural Village