Living in a new country offers an exhilarating adventure of discovering hidden gems and iconic landmarks. For foreigners residing in Korea, many fantastic tourism programs await, specially designed to promote the Korean peninsula's rich heritage and diverse culture.
Having lived here for a while, I've come across various free travel opportunities exclusively for foreigners. What sets Korea apart is the scale and organization of these programs, unparalleled by what I've seen in other countries. However, before we delve into the details, it's essential to understand Korea's emphasis on social media influence. The success of these programs primarily hinges on promoting Korean tourism on platforms like Youtube, Instagram, and TikTok. To participate, one typically needs a following on these platforms, with the bare minimum usually being 500 followers on Instagram.
Long-term Commitment: The Major Leagues
Numerous programs cater to different interests and durations. Institutions like the Korea Tourism Organization, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Seoul City government sponsor some of the most prestigious. These programs can stretch over 8-9 months and are highly competitive due to their comprehensive coverage.
Large programs always prepare gifts for participants
Every year, around April, applications begin. These programs are more than mere sightseeing; they're about immersing oneself in diverse cultures, relishing authentic cuisine, and conversing with locals. Once you've submitted your application, watch out for updates from the respective travel agencies. Often, an interview is the next step in the selection process.
Once accepted, the real adventure unfolds. Depending on the program, you might be on group trips or assigned individual missions. Despite some programs sharing sponsors, each offers a distinct experience, ensuring there's always something new to discover.
Example of a group activity and content I created for that trip
Most of these initiatives are managed by travel agencies under governmental sponsorship. Therefore, there's no singular point of reference to stay updated. But fear not; on my Instagram @sasha.in.korea, I consistently spotlight these golden opportunities, ensuring you never miss out.
Another more flexible option is the promotional trips, often spanning one or two days, organized specifically for bloggers and influencers. These trips are perfect for creating content about Korea's beauty and charm. Some even compensate for your time and content, although the eligibility criteria might be higher.
Photos from one of the sponsored trips
Staying updated is the key. Following multiple travel agencies catering to foreigners is crucial to ensure you don't miss these opportunities. Here are my favorite profiles; I traveled with each numerous times.
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