We had been walking through Seoul for hours in the thick July heat. At least it wasn’t raining. More than one travel website had warned: Avoid South Korea in July. Rainy season. But rain hadn’t materialised.
While total arrivals continue to increase, agents say they are seeing a downturn in tour bookings.
Driving toward my destination in the mountains, I turned down the car stereo to listen to the sounds of birds singing all around. I was headed to Sandankyo Gorge, a scenic spot in Akiota, Japan. The beautiful 16-kilometre ravine, part of Nishi Chugoku Sanchi Quasi National Park, was awarded three stars by the major French travel book series Blue Guide in February.