A Guide to Beijing

Snapshots from Beijing | roadtripsandskymiles.com

A Guide to Beijing [The Tourist Version]

“Beijing was beyond any easy pigeonholing of ancient traditions contrasted with modern luxury. It was a place that took everything that had happened within it for the past three thousand years and jammed it all together to make a hybrid city, huge and impossible to duplicate anywhere else.” -Janet Brown, Almost Home

I read the quote above in a book several years ago and saved it hoping I’d be able to go to Beijing someday and see for myself what the city is like. It’s fairly easy to fly to nonstop to many destinations in Asia from Seattle, and often you can find great prices on tickets. After researching a short trip to take over Labor Day weekend, Ben and I settled on Beijing. We spent five days exploring, including an overnight trip to hike part of the Great Wall. Continue reading

Layover in Seoul

Layover In Seoul | Road Trips and Skymiles Blog

Layover at the Seoul Incheon International Airport, South Korea

The Transit Tour: Escaping the Airport with Ease

Layovers usually feel like wasted time. On the way home from Vietnam Ben and I had a 16 hour layover in Seoul. Neither of us have been to South Korea before so we planned on using the time for a quick trip into Seoul, though we were a little nervous about figuring out where to go and getting back to the airport with a really limited amount of time. After lots of google searching I found out that the airport has free transit tours to help you make the most of a layover, so we didn’t have to worry about getting around by ourselves–brilliant! Continue reading