The Winter Olympics are fast approaching and many people will be traveling to South Korea to attend the XXIII Olympiad. This year, the Olympics are being held in the host country of South Korea in Pyeongchang. Pyeongchang is situated in the Taebaek Mountains, which stretch from Busan, formerly known as Pusan, South Korea, through North Korea, and along the Japanese coast along the Sea of Japan. Pyeongchang is about an hour away by train from South Korea's capital city of Seoul.
The opening ceremony will take place on February 9th, 2018, with the closing ceremony taking place on February 25th, 2018. The opening and closing ceremonies are great displays of the host country's culture, and there will be many things to see and do in South Korea during the games.
It is a good idea to be well prepared for any trip knowing things ahead of time that will be useful during your travels. Obtaining maps and information about the country you are visiting and familiarizing yourself with things such as their transportation system, currency, traditions, and what the weather conditions will be like during your dates of travel is recommended.
The weather will be ideal for the winter games in Pyeongchang, with the average daily temperature ranging from about 39° F, considered the average high temperature, and 13° F being the average low in February. It will be very cold with an abundance of snow and ice, so dressing in layers is advisable, as well as bringing appropriate outerwear.
The currency of South Korea is the Won. It is recommended to check the exchange rate just before you depart for current rate information. It is also advised to use ATM debit cards or credit cards for purchases, as this will give you a better exchange rate than Travelers checks or cash.
If you are a U.S. citizen, all you need to travel to South Korea is a valid passport. U.S. citizens are only required to get a visa if they will be in the country longer than 90 days. If you are a non- U.S. citizen, you should verify your country's requirements.
You should also be prepared for any injuries or illnesses that could occur during your travels by purchasing a Travel medical insurance policy. Domestic health insurance usually does not provide coverage outside the home country and if benefits are offered, they are usually very limited and do not offer benefits like medical evacuation, leaving you unprotected in the case of unforeseen medical issues that could arise.
Travel medical insurance can be obtained quickly and easily without the need to submit any documentation, at very reasonable rates. If something were to happen during your trip, whether it be catching a cold, food poisoning, or an injury due to an accident, especially in snowy or icy conditions, you would have the peace of mind knowing you have coverage and are protected, taking the worry out of the unexpected. Some plans offer coverage for things such as lost luggage or trip interruption as well.
If you would like more information regarding Travel medical insurance, or for a no obligation quote, you can obtain this information at www.insubuy.com. You can also contact Insubuy at (866) INSUBUY, to speak with a licensed agent, who can assist you in finding a plan that fits your travels needs and budget.
Being prepared for your trip and knowing what to expect during your travels will certainly make your trip more enjoyable.
Happy Travels and Stay Safe out there!