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Enthusiastic Creative Consultant from Belgium. Passion for Design and Marketing.
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 9 Sep '167d16 Sep '1616 Sep '16
9 Sep '16

Tokyo

26ยฐC
Japan
 1 Sep '167d8 Sep '168 Sep '16
1 Sep '16

Busan

27ยฐC
South Korea
2014
 16 Apr '1414d30 Apr '1430 Apr '14
16 Apr '14

Incheon

South Korea
 
 1 Apr '1414d15 Apr '1415 Apr '14
1 Apr '14

Seoul

19ยฐC
South Korea
 
 1 Mar '141mo31 Mar '1431 Mar '14
1 Mar '14

Fukuoka

14ยฐC
Japan
2013
 1 Sep '136mo28 Feb '1428 Feb '14
1 Sep '13

Busan

27ยฐC
South Korea
2012
 1 Jul '121mo31 Jul '1231 Jul '12
1 Jul '12

Tokyo

31ยฐC
Japan

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๐ŸŒ Top countries

  • South Korea

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.19/5
    2532 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 37° 99° 31° 88°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 72
    7mo
    $2,095 / mo
    18Mbps
    ร—
  • Japan

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 2.71/5
    7382 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 40° 104° 30° 87°AQI 34
    2mo
    $2,974 / mo
    21Mbps
    ร—
  • ๐Ÿ›ฌ Most visits

  • Busan

    Korea's second biggest city after Seoul. Busan is a nice place to go if you want to see another part of Korea that's still pretty comfortable. It's in the south of South Korea, on the ocean, and that makes it a great place to eat fish. In fact that's where all the fish in Seoul comes from, so you can eat it fresh in Busan! In many ways Busan feels like Seoul but 10 or 20 years ago. It's a bit more grimy and broken down and less futuristic than Seoul, but still very nice. I'd suggest staying in Seomyeon, which is kinda like Seoul's Hongdae. It's a student area with some hipster vibes to it. But take hipster vibes with a grain of salt, this is Busan after all. People are very friendly, even more friendly than Seoul. Where in Seoul as a foreigner they don't really care anymore, in Busan you're still hailed as a curiosity which can be fun! If you want to see the beach, take a taxi to Haeundae Beach. It's especially nice in the evening if you'd like to party. Korean beach culture is a bit different than in the West, so you'll probably see less swimming and sunbathing that you're used to. More like people walking on the beach boulevard. Also nice is to see the Jagalchi fish market, pick some fish you like in the big building and you can ask them to prepare it for you upstairs and cook it. Fish as fresh as you can get in Korea.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.28/5
    176 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 34° 93° 29° 85°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 74
    2x
    $2,190 / mo
    23Mbps
    ร—
  • Tokyo

    Really fun city. I think the easiest big city in Asia for westerners to feel comfortable in. People are generally pretty friendly on a superficial level, quick to smile, laugh, and help. Unfortunately, becoming real friends with Japanese is much more difficult and most cannot speak English. Store staff are mechanically polite like robots, which is better than rude, but also a bit weird. A bit pricey and gets more expensive after a year of residence (after you get taxed based on previous year's salary, same for health insurance fees). You can drink in public at any time, though it's not really a drinker city like some European cities are known for. Clubs and music events are expensive unfortunately, though quite a few options. Great public transport system, can just be a bit confusing with all of the different names. The street layout is completely chaotic, which can be fun but also disorienting. You will often have no idea which direction you are facing, like you are in a giant maze. You can find most major international food options but not in great numbers. Obviously, Japanese food is everywhere though. It's technically on the water, though odds are you will live more inland. Still, you can reach the bay within an hour or so and an actual beach further south in Kanagawa within 90min. Japan itself has a lot of cool things to check out as well. Best time of year are spring (cherry blossoms) and fall (cooler, leaves changing cooler), though there are a series of summer festivals that start in August that are incredible (people dress in traditional clothes, food vendors all over, tons of fireworks, etc.) and they have a lot of Christmas lights and displays in December. Dating for men is not bad, just don't come expecting every woman wants you. As mentioned before, most cannot speak English and they're somewhat conservative overall, not big on casual sex. You may have an advantage in the dating pool if you're not an English teacher, since most western foreign guys there are and that job is known for not paying that well, and definitely do if you can speak Japanese near fluently. Some negatives besides those already mentioned: it's really humid and mold develops quickly, there are A LOT of crows that creeped me out and cicadas that are VERY noisy in the summer, finding the right specialist doctor that also speaks English can be tricky, the friends you make from other countries come and go constantly, a lot of guys with issues come here (socially awkward, major womanizers, right wing nuts, escaping something from their home country, stereotypical anime fanatics, etc.), Japanese men are not anywhere near as friendly as the women are and are more likely to be xenophobic (pretty much like every other country), living space is really small for the price, vegetable selection is pretty limited and expensive, a lot of food products contain soy, subways get really overcrowded during rush hour, popular areas get really overcrowded on weekends, it's not that English friendly especially dealing with contracts and anything government related (there is a free foreigner help service that can help you via phone and usually whatever government stuff you're dealing with will have at least one person on hand who understands English and can help you).

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.26/5
    225 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 41° 106° 31° 87°AQI 1
    2x
    $3,709 / mo
    22Mbps
    ร—
  • Fukuoka

    Hipster capital of Japan. Fukuoka is a lovely city with a super mellow feeling to it. There's 1.5 million people living here but you wouldn't think so when walking here. It feels a lot like Utrecht, a kinda relaxed artistic hipster city than's more livable than the busy capital Tokyo. And unlike Tokyo, there is lots of short-term coworking spaces, artisinal coffee places, affordable boutique hotels and even coliving spaces with hotel and coworking mixed. Fukuoka is just very different than the rest of Japan. In the rest of Japan it's hard to come by good coffee places to work (mostly bad coffee chains), accommodation is crazy expensive (you'll end up sleeping in capsules) and coworking spaces look more like offices and require 1 or 2 year minimum subscriptions! The best area to stay is Tenjin, it has coworking spaces, fashion stores, vintage stores, boutique hotels and startups. Fukuoka is absolutely lovely. And I wouldn't mind living here for longer times. And this comes from someone who's been pretty critical at Japan for how unlivable it usually is for remote workers. Fukuoka is a great exception.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 2.89/5
    198 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 38° 100° 30° 86°AQI 25
    1x
    $2,805 / mo
    24Mbps
    ร—
  • Seoul

    Spend a few hours and learn the Korean alphabet (not that hard) and Google some names of Korean dishes + it's spelling in Korean. It will help a lot as most restaurants only have Korean menu's and often without pictures. As mentioned previously on the reviews, it's a little hard to eat alone, but Gimbab Chonguk (๊น€๋ฐฅ์ฒœ๊ตญ) is everywhere and 24/7 - no one will bat an eye. Also look for places that "specialises" in dumplings, They are usually "alone-eating" friendly. And so are ramen places as well as Korean "chinese" restaurants - Jajangmyeon (์ž์žฅ๋ฉด) is very good and super addictive. Bibimbab restaurant places are fine too. Actually, it's not that hard to eat alone in Korea. The "group" meals are generally quite obvious and will be things like BBQ. You'll figure it out. Do Get used to kimchi and spicy food otherwise you'll end up eating the same thing all the time. Be adventurous. Challenge yourself and eat an octopus alive (์‚ฐ๋‚™์ง€). If you're really brave try ๋ณด์‹ ํƒ• before authorities close them all - I haven't but a lot of Weagukins (foreigners) secret do. Cafe's generally have really good wifi, as you would expect from one of the most connected countries in the world. Expect to pay $4-6 for a latte and maybe even more at Starbucks. Best cafe's are usually around Hipster areas and Universities. Indie owned cafe's are awesome. Nightlife is great, probably amongst the best in Asia. Can get very expensive especially at night clubs in Gangnam where it would could be like $10 for a beer - in that case you can still get drunk for $2 with soju just outside at 7Eleven. Winters are stupidly cold and summers can be brutally hot & humid. Go between April and June or September to October. They have cherry blossoms in spring which is beautiful and so are the autumn leaves. Lived here for many years. It's a cool place and vastly underrated. Seoul is continuously becoming more expensive and cost of living will soon be comparable with places like Tokyo.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.88/5
    224 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 37° 99° 31° 88°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 59
    1x
    $2,393 / mo
    18Mbps
    ร—
  • ๐Ÿ›Œ Most time spent

  • Busan

    Korea's second biggest city after Seoul. Busan is a nice place to go if you want to see another part of Korea that's still pretty comfortable. It's in the south of South Korea, on the ocean, and that makes it a great place to eat fish. In fact that's where all the fish in Seoul comes from, so you can eat it fresh in Busan! In many ways Busan feels like Seoul but 10 or 20 years ago. It's a bit more grimy and broken down and less futuristic than Seoul, but still very nice. I'd suggest staying in Seomyeon, which is kinda like Seoul's Hongdae. It's a student area with some hipster vibes to it. But take hipster vibes with a grain of salt, this is Busan after all. People are very friendly, even more friendly than Seoul. Where in Seoul as a foreigner they don't really care anymore, in Busan you're still hailed as a curiosity which can be fun! If you want to see the beach, take a taxi to Haeundae Beach. It's especially nice in the evening if you'd like to party. Korean beach culture is a bit different than in the West, so you'll probably see less swimming and sunbathing that you're used to. More like people walking on the beach boulevard. Also nice is to see the Jagalchi fish market, pick some fish you like in the big building and you can ask them to prepare it for you upstairs and cook it. Fish as fresh as you can get in Korea.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.28/5
    176 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 34° 93° 29° 85°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 74
    6mo
    $2,190 / mo
    23Mbps
    ร—
  • Tokyo

    Really fun city. I think the easiest big city in Asia for westerners to feel comfortable in. People are generally pretty friendly on a superficial level, quick to smile, laugh, and help. Unfortunately, becoming real friends with Japanese is much more difficult and most cannot speak English. Store staff are mechanically polite like robots, which is better than rude, but also a bit weird. A bit pricey and gets more expensive after a year of residence (after you get taxed based on previous year's salary, same for health insurance fees). You can drink in public at any time, though it's not really a drinker city like some European cities are known for. Clubs and music events are expensive unfortunately, though quite a few options. Great public transport system, can just be a bit confusing with all of the different names. The street layout is completely chaotic, which can be fun but also disorienting. You will often have no idea which direction you are facing, like you are in a giant maze. You can find most major international food options but not in great numbers. Obviously, Japanese food is everywhere though. It's technically on the water, though odds are you will live more inland. Still, you can reach the bay within an hour or so and an actual beach further south in Kanagawa within 90min. Japan itself has a lot of cool things to check out as well. Best time of year are spring (cherry blossoms) and fall (cooler, leaves changing cooler), though there are a series of summer festivals that start in August that are incredible (people dress in traditional clothes, food vendors all over, tons of fireworks, etc.) and they have a lot of Christmas lights and displays in December. Dating for men is not bad, just don't come expecting every woman wants you. As mentioned before, most cannot speak English and they're somewhat conservative overall, not big on casual sex. You may have an advantage in the dating pool if you're not an English teacher, since most western foreign guys there are and that job is known for not paying that well, and definitely do if you can speak Japanese near fluently. Some negatives besides those already mentioned: it's really humid and mold develops quickly, there are A LOT of crows that creeped me out and cicadas that are VERY noisy in the summer, finding the right specialist doctor that also speaks English can be tricky, the friends you make from other countries come and go constantly, a lot of guys with issues come here (socially awkward, major womanizers, right wing nuts, escaping something from their home country, stereotypical anime fanatics, etc.), Japanese men are not anywhere near as friendly as the women are and are more likely to be xenophobic (pretty much like every other country), living space is really small for the price, vegetable selection is pretty limited and expensive, a lot of food products contain soy, subways get really overcrowded during rush hour, popular areas get really overcrowded on weekends, it's not that English friendly especially dealing with contracts and anything government related (there is a free foreigner help service that can help you via phone and usually whatever government stuff you're dealing with will have at least one person on hand who understands English and can help you).

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.26/5
    225 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 41° 106° 31° 87°AQI 1
    1mo
    $3,709 / mo
    22Mbps
    ร—
  • Fukuoka

    Hipster capital of Japan. Fukuoka is a lovely city with a super mellow feeling to it. There's 1.5 million people living here but you wouldn't think so when walking here. It feels a lot like Utrecht, a kinda relaxed artistic hipster city than's more livable than the busy capital Tokyo. And unlike Tokyo, there is lots of short-term coworking spaces, artisinal coffee places, affordable boutique hotels and even coliving spaces with hotel and coworking mixed. Fukuoka is just very different than the rest of Japan. In the rest of Japan it's hard to come by good coffee places to work (mostly bad coffee chains), accommodation is crazy expensive (you'll end up sleeping in capsules) and coworking spaces look more like offices and require 1 or 2 year minimum subscriptions! The best area to stay is Tenjin, it has coworking spaces, fashion stores, vintage stores, boutique hotels and startups. Fukuoka is absolutely lovely. And I wouldn't mind living here for longer times. And this comes from someone who's been pretty critical at Japan for how unlivable it usually is for remote workers. Fukuoka is a great exception.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 2.89/5
    198 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 38° 100° 30° 86°AQI 25
    1mo
    $2,805 / mo
    24Mbps
    ร—
  • Seoul

    Spend a few hours and learn the Korean alphabet (not that hard) and Google some names of Korean dishes + it's spelling in Korean. It will help a lot as most restaurants only have Korean menu's and often without pictures. As mentioned previously on the reviews, it's a little hard to eat alone, but Gimbab Chonguk (๊น€๋ฐฅ์ฒœ๊ตญ) is everywhere and 24/7 - no one will bat an eye. Also look for places that "specialises" in dumplings, They are usually "alone-eating" friendly. And so are ramen places as well as Korean "chinese" restaurants - Jajangmyeon (์ž์žฅ๋ฉด) is very good and super addictive. Bibimbab restaurant places are fine too. Actually, it's not that hard to eat alone in Korea. The "group" meals are generally quite obvious and will be things like BBQ. You'll figure it out. Do Get used to kimchi and spicy food otherwise you'll end up eating the same thing all the time. Be adventurous. Challenge yourself and eat an octopus alive (์‚ฐ๋‚™์ง€). If you're really brave try ๋ณด์‹ ํƒ• before authorities close them all - I haven't but a lot of Weagukins (foreigners) secret do. Cafe's generally have really good wifi, as you would expect from one of the most connected countries in the world. Expect to pay $4-6 for a latte and maybe even more at Starbucks. Best cafe's are usually around Hipster areas and Universities. Indie owned cafe's are awesome. Nightlife is great, probably amongst the best in Asia. Can get very expensive especially at night clubs in Gangnam where it would could be like $10 for a beer - in that case you can still get drunk for $2 with soju just outside at 7Eleven. Winters are stupidly cold and summers can be brutally hot & humid. Go between April and June or September to October. They have cherry blossoms in spring which is beautiful and so are the autumn leaves. Lived here for many years. It's a cool place and vastly underrated. Seoul is continuously becoming more expensive and cost of living will soon be comparable with places like Tokyo.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.88/5
    224 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 37° 99° 31° 88°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 59
    14d
    $2,393 / mo
    18Mbps
    ร—
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