Busan South Korea – Digital Nomad

Busan South Korea Digital nomad

Busan South Korea is South Korea’s 2nd largest city. Why would you want to come here? The biggest draw aside from the korean food, fast internet, decent air, top notch public trains, are the beaches.
Haeundae  and Gwangan (Gwangalli beach) are the most well known. I’ve been here twice both for 1 week stints. Let’s get down to business.

Busan South Korea Digital nomad
Busan South Korea Digital nomad

Essential Info for Busan

I recommend going during the summer in June for nice warm weather. They also hold a famous film festival in October. I visited in early March this year, which is a bit cold and sunny. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom end of March.

Who is Busan for? It’s for a digital nomad that isn’t as price sensitive, wants to enjoy the beaches, a dose of korean culture, fast internet, perhaps a free co-work space, and a developed city in asia that can offer good direct flights to Western North America. Bring out XE currency or your favorite convertor as I will be quoting prices in various currencies. If you need to complete some fast uploads then some of the fastest internet speeds are located here.

Getting in. There are direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Busan via air Asia. They do leave kuala lumpur late around 2am and you arrive in around 9am in the morning. I paid about 1400 MYR for mine. As a Canadian I get 6 month for my visa just for visiting! For sim cards I use an android phone and needed phone number and data so I went with KT at the airport. Price was 38,500 won and is good for up to 10 days and reliable throughout South korea. This will cover all your internet needs. Basically there is solid fast wifi from most places from starbucks to Holly’s cafe.

You can get into the city using subway, limousine shuttle or taxi. From cheapest to most expensive. Subway is about 4000 won to the city and the shuttle was 7000 won one way. I took the shuttle as I had some heavy luggage to carry.

Where to stay in Busan South Korea

I recommend staying in Huaeundae or Gwangalli as they are both walking distance to the beach and offer convenient access to the subway and restaurants. Other areas you could try are Centum City or Seomyeon. I checked out hotels, but airbnb offered a more comfortable experience and better value plus extras like a kitchen,washing machine, access to a local host, and living like a local is an experience I value. I paid 338cdn for my airbnb for a modern, well-located condo with kitchen, washing machine, wifi, japanese style toilet, heated floors, walking distance to the beach, and a view. No fancy amenities though and it’s not as spacious as malaysia. Yes it’s a bit pricey.

You can work at Starbucks Reserve or any starbucks, holly’s cafe, or check out the creator’s content studio at centum city for what they call a free co-work space. Wework is opening soon so there are many options. Be sure to bring a plug adaptor as North American style plugs will not work.

Busan South Korea Digital nomad

What to do in Busan

I recommend checking out all 3 beaches: Gwangalli, Haeundae, and
Songjeong  beach. The Gamcheon cultural village known as the Santorini of SKorea is nice for photos and also close to the Jagalchi  fish market. As for food I recommend trying a lot of beef (beef shabu, beef bbq, beef bugolgi), dumplings, bim bam bop, and if you’re into seafood there is a ton of variety here as it is a sea port. The subway station is pretty cheap and efficient. You can try visiting different areas and working out of cafe’s and enjoy the fast internet speed. Can you fly your drone in Busan. I flew at Haeundae beach with no problem and have flown at Gamcheon cultural village last year. Check the rules, and fly at your own risk. Standard Aerial Videographer rules.

Cost of Living

I haven’t lived in Busan for a month for so I’ve made an estimate based on my week here. You’ll notice that the exercise and gym has a gap as I haven’t had time to figure out costs of using the gym yet. My total accounts to $2050 US which is about $500 US more than Kuala Lumpur. Use this as a guide as this varies with everyone’s lifestyle and you have to make certain assumptions to project out costs and how you will spend your time. In general accomodation costs are higher than south east asia at 1126 US, but not bad considering I’m looking at an apartment less than 5 minutes to the beach. One way ticket from Haeundae to Centum city if 1400 won. Coffee is about 3800 won from starbucks. A nice noodle soup dish is about 9000 won. Taxi ride from Haeundae to the Busan station is about 16000 won. Craft beer is about 7000 won a pint.

Busan South Korea Digital nomad

Summary

Busan is probably too expensive and the language barrierr will leave you with a level of isolation that won’t be as long-term friendly. I could probably do a month here or a few weeks for a visa run in the summertime to enjoy a beach lifestyle in a developed city with good flight routes to Canada. You can take the the high speed train (KTX) from busan station to Seoul if you want to check out another city or a cheap flight to cities in Japan using Air busan.

How would you Spend 20k US on your business & Is the Golden Age of Chiang Mai Over?

How would you spend 20k on your business

The Gluten free Nomad and I explorer where we are on our entrepreneurial journey and how we would spend 20k on our business. It’s a fun exercise to go through to think how would you invest those funds back into your business. Would you spend it on office space, new software, new camera gear, or some assistant or interns? find out.We also explore a number of topics from the Golden Age of Chiang mai to co-working in Kuala Lumpur.

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Tips for transitioning from Mac Ios to Windows 10 – Huawei Matebook Pro

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I’ve recently jumped off the Apple Macbook train and back to Windows 10 after 6 years. As a Video editor I was using Final Cut Pro X and have made the Switch to a huawei Matebook Pro X laptop running Windows 10 and Adobe Premiere CC 2019. Get some tips on the transition in this podcast

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Bangkok versus Kuala Lumpur Pros and Cons – Which is better for singles and families

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We have a single travel videographer bachelor at the time and a father of 5 video editor discuss the pros and cons of Bangkok VS Kuala Lumpur and family life. This is a fun Digital nomad to nomad chat that explores the differences between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur and how our earlier journey’s started in Chiang Mai, but progressed to Kuala Lumpur

Biggest differences between KL and Bangkok

  • Kuala Lumpur you’re more likely to find english more widely spoken
  • KL has a better food variety
  • KL and Malaysia offers 3 month visa for most Western passport holders
  • Bangkok has cheaper massages
  • Bangkok has a better and more affordable cowork space scene
  • Bangkok’s BTS transport is better to understand and navigate than KL’s
  • KL has a better Grab Taxi service
  • KL is more walkable
  • Bangkok feels safer
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Travel Video Gear Kit 2019 – Lifestyle Travel Gear

Travel Video Gear Kit 2019

For Travel Videography and Content Creators you need to produce epic footage while maintaining your mobility for International Travel. I know it’s cliche ..there has never been a better time to be a travel videographer or travel creator, but it’s also a confusing time with so many choices for gear on the market. I’ve learned some valuable lessons about selecting gear that produces high production videos and doesn’t weight you down over the year. I’ve become more of a slow traveler spending from 3 months to a year at one location, but I understand the unique needs of traveling with gear internationally. Let me serve as a guide to navigate you through a world full of confusing choices for gear. I encourage everyone to assemble their own unique gear kit based on your lifestyle, budget, and choices.

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Check out my Videos where I’ll go through items my new Windows 10 laptop for mobile 4K editing, Main camera, Nimble but powerful drone, my special weapon lens speed booster, and lifestyle accessories.

Melakka Malaysia: Video Inspiration & Guide what to do there

Melakka Malaysia: Video Inspiration & Guide what to do there

I’ve just released a new Video of Malacca Malaysia that will give you inspiration and essential info and a good idea of what to expect. Melaka is a beautiful place to visit if you ever spend time in Malaysia. Malacca is a 2.5 hour trip from Kuala Lumpur and is a great short getaway from the city if you want to soak in some culture and good food. In my videos you’ll get the inspiration and tips for getting to Malacca and what to see and eat.

 

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Courses

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My Gear

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2018 Summary of my Travel Videographer and plans for 2019

Travel Videographer 2018 Journey

Hello 2019

As a Travel Videographer 2018 turned about to be a great year in many aspects. As you’ll see there was plenty of travel and my camera came along for the ride. I brought my camera in each of these locations for my Stock Footage subscribers. I’m still playing a bit of catch up with too much content sitting on my hard-drives. Be sure to check out my Youtube Channel to see some of the videos.

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hanoi vietnam ho kiem lake at night

2018 – (click on the links for exciting content)

Plans for 2019

I would like to slow down my travel and prioritize more time on getting more content online. 2018 was a wild ride, and somewhere in there I turned 40. I plan to spend more time in Malaysia instead of Thailand in 2019. I’m pretty sure I’ll be back and forth between the two. There is also a lot of places to explore in Malaysia such as Sabah, Ipoh, and Sarawak. My grandmother is in Singapore, and I may be be due for a visit there and refresh my footage as well. Kuala Lumpur has great flights to Cambodia, Shen Zhen, and Sri lanka so don’t be surprised if there are some side trips there. I also want to try to return to Canada in the summer. I want to check out Montreal, Toronto, New York and enjoy a summer in Vancouver with the family.

Resolutions for 2019

  • I would like to lose some weight from 181 lbs to 165 lbs through exercise and better nutrition
  • Double the earnings for the business
  • Visit my family and Canada twice during the year
  • Less travel and more quality content online and marketing
  • Master Adobe Premiere on the new laptop

If you’re wondering how I sustain this travel lifestyle throughout the years I offer Video services and have many online passive revenue streams. For example, I offer freelance Videos to client in the Asia region and in Canada.  I can also offer video editing services for clients that shoot footage on vacation and don’t have time to edit.  If you want to learn more about how I create an online passive income using my footage and other business skills you need please check out my online course “How to Start an Online Business from Anywhere using Video” using this sale price link.

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360 Video Debunked – Go Fusion Camera (Interview)

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In this episode you’re learn all about where 360 video is at in 2018 and beyond with American 360 Video expert Al Caudullo. We chat in Bangkok about everything from Gopro’s new 360 camera called the fusion and compare it to the other consumer options. You’ll learn why its time for you to start learning 360 video

Online Dating – Tinder Gold tips

Tinder Gold Dating tips

In the smartphone era online dating has a popular way to meet people you wouldn’t normally meet. As a digital nomad dating apps like Tinder are a great way to meet new friends or lovers in a new location.  In this podcast I’m going to share my tips and experience for using Tinder in Asia including the Pros and Cons of Tinder Gold. If you’re traveling solo it can get lonely when you don’t have family or many local friends in the city you’re in.

There are dating sites like POF and okcupid, but to be honest I find it’s just to cumbersome to set up a profile, search , and then you often forget about while you wait for a match to reply. Apps like Tinder and Badoo make things a lot easier. I’ve had mixed experiences with Tinder, but it is the most mainstream dating app.

I also recommend meeting people through other means like random chats, events like internations, and yes maybe even meetups. I’ve heard of people that actually end up seriously dating on Tinder, and not just hookups.

Tinder Gold is one way you can separate yourself from crowd for a small fee. If gives you the ability to swipe an unlimited times, worldwide visa free swipes, things like boost for increased exposure and more!. Check out my tips

Hanoi Vietnam Digital Nomad the high end lifestyle

Hanoi Digital Nomad

Hanoi Vietnam Digital Nomad the high end lifestyle

Hanoi Vietnam for expats or Digital nomads. There is a distinct difference between traveling and living in the old quarter and living in the high end area of Tay Ho as a local. What could we expect from Hanoi? I already knew about the old quarter and the some of gems and crazy traffic.

Accommodation

I did some research and discovered that Tay Ho is an area favored by expats for it’s location near the large Westlake. I booked a modern apartment in this area. I was very impressed by the accomodation for the luxury, value, and how spacious it was. It lacked the swimming pool and gym facities of Bangkok, but it had a washer/dryer, water machine with hot and cold water, new smart samsung tv, high speed wifi, well equipped kitchen with convection oven, and a clean toilet with bathtub. Check out the video for the tour and the price, but this was probably the nicest condo I’ve stayed for the money in years. I think this is the norm for this year. I took a walk near the lake where there is a range of accommodation options that are willing to accept 1 month short-term

Getting Connected

My Viettel Sim Card from earlier in the trip is still working fine

 

Getting Around

It is ok to walk around the Tay Ho area and you have everything that you need from cafes, hairdressers, cowork spaces, and a convenience store. Grab motorbikes and taxis are also available throughout Hanoi. I usd a car for long distance

Hanoi Digital Nomad

Wifi and Internet

The internet was fast in the apartment, cowork spaces, and cafes. There are plenty of cowork space options you can find on coworker.com. I tried out clickspace in Tayho, and Espace, and Toong in the old quarter. There are plenty of options here.

Meeting People

I reached out to the nomads group in Hanoi and didn’t manage to connect with anyone. There were some foreigners at click space, but they seemed content to stick to themselves. I also didn’t find any social events on meetup to go to. I was only here a week and managed to go to a south African BBQ wine tasting in Tay ho that I found in the Tay Ho times. I ended up meeting some foreigners that I hung out with. I had better success meeting people in Danang and Saigon.

Air Quality and Safety

The one thing that would concern me about living in  Hanoi is the air quality, which was at 160 today compared to Vancouver BC at 14.

The city feels relatively safe walking around Tay and the Old Quarter

Hanoi Digital NomadWhat to do

I enjoyed the food options here just like in Saigon and Hanoi. Picking up croissants and baguettes for breakfast. There is a good craft beer scene and even local wine that I picked up. I got a haircut i the old quarter for 100,000 and saw a UFC game and the Irish Pub Oleary’s. The West lake is a nice enough area to walk around a waterfront for exercise along with many locals and expats. It’s a good lifestyle.

Summary

Hanoi is a crazy city that doesn’t have a dull moment and will keep you on your toes. It feels a bit more manageable than Saigon, but not as small as Danang. There are plenty of gems and scenery to take footage of. It has a lot to offer for a visit, but I think it would be a little too chaotic for me. It does offer a high end lifestyle at a reasonable cost. The buildings have a lot of character especially in the old quarter for interesting architecture and mix between street food and high end options. I was surprised at the value that Hanoi does offer from wine, craft beer, western food, apartments, and more. I’m not sure if there is a digital nomad community here, but there definitely is a community of foreigners that are calling Hanoi home. For Digital Nomads Hanoi offers everything that you need especially in 2018. There are more Airbnb accomodation than ever. It offers slightly better value than Bangkok and not that much more than Chiang Mai. I’m not sure if it would be my top choice, but it is an interesting option. The only way is to give it a try.