South Korea: Seoul Searching

South Korea: Seoul Searching

2024 Departure Dates

June 24 – July 1, 2024 Available Enroll Now
July 1 – July 8, 2024 Available Enroll Now

Cast off your everyday life.  Join us on the quest you were born for. Get out of your comfort zone, and brace for the unfamiliarity that is South Korea.

There’s more to the story of this nation than Korean barbeque, BTS, and Blackpink and you’re going to discover it. Journey with Rustic Pathways and pack a lifetime of modern South Korean living into over a week. Our program leaders are your guides as you leave your familiar for a new journey.

Your new friends, both locals and fellow travelers, will join in a spirit of positive energy.

Land at Incheon Airport and launch into bustling Seoul. Navigate the streets of this megacity in Korea. Browse eclectic markets where new meets old and culinary experiences abound. Dance like NewJeans in a K-Pop training factory on the edge of a giant urban forest. Cogitate during a mental cleanse at a mountaintop retreat.

Explore historical districts. Visit the primo South Korea palace. Mix modern living with traditional Korean elements. Witness how South Korean history guides today’s bustling K-Life.

You’ll hike the peaks that nestle Seoul. You’ll cook traditional cuisine. You’ll nail the basic Korean language skills. 대박!

Then breathe in your newfound sense of accomplishment and independence. Reflect on the transformative journey you’ve had and prepare to return home. Brace yourself as you say goodbye to your new friends. Return home with a mint of memories and a widened worldview.

Empty the souvenirs from your bag. Show off your new dance moves. When you’re at home, you’ll realize this what you were Seoul Searching for all along.


  • Browse eclectic markets where new meets old and culinary experiences abound
  • Dance like BTS in a K-Pop training factory on the edge of a giant urban forest
  • Enjoy a tranquil mental cleanse in a mountaintop Buddhist retreat
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Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:
Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on.
Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Don’t forget the Big Five: Water bottle, Sunscreen, Bug spray, Rain jacket, Closed-toe shoes


A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for daily activities and outings.

  • Passport and Wallet
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Consent to Travel Letter (for students under 19, recommended by the U.S. State Dept. but not required)
  • Warm coat/jacket
  • Extra pair of clothing (long sleeve shirt/sweater, pants, underwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Electrical adapter/converter (220 volt – European two round pin plug)
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Headphones
Primary Luggage

40-50 liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.


  • Socks (6-7)
  • Underwear (6-7)
  • T-shirts (6-7)
  • Long-sleeved shirts (1-2)
  • Sweaters (1-2)
  • Light pants (1-2)
  • Shorts (1-2)
  • Active wear (e.g. athletic pants and sweatshirt) (1-2)
  • Warm coat/jacket (preferably waterproof)
  • One nice outfit for hotel meals, etc.
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Hat for sun protection
  • Shoes (1-2 pairs, one pair for walking/hiking and one comfortable pair for city exploring)
  • Laundry bag
  • Note: Korean bath towels can be quite small. You may want to bring your own larger pack towel. But, if you’re up for the challenge, you’ll find the smaller bath towels acceptable.

Toiletries – (Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts & solution or spare glasses
  • Foam earplugs/eye mask
  • Personal med kit
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream
  • Hand sanitizer