Sokcho, South Korea
Following the Winter Olympics, we've been yearning for a visit to South Korea. Formerly a part of North Korea, Sokcho is a more natural alternative to Seoul, with hiking, waterfalls and the sea surrounding the city on all sides. The city is also divided by a lake, making a waterfront Korean barbeque inevitable during your stay.
The tentative UNESCO site of Seoraksan National Park is a must while in Sokcho (the city actually used to have an airport just for the park). Rocky mountains, babbling turquoise brooks and Buddhist temples means it will appeal to outdoorsy types as well as those keen for a culture hit. Be sure to make pit stops at the Biryong Falls and Sinheungsa Temple, hidden among thickets of bamboo trees.
For A-grade street food, stop by either Daepo or Dongmyeong Port to sample some of the area's best locals eats.
Who to take with you
A K-beauty addict looking to recharge their soul as well as their their skincare routine.
When to go
March to June for sunshine and not too much humidity.
Most likely to bump into…
Seoul urbanites on a beach holiday.
Essentials to bring with you
A hearty appetite - Sokcho is renowned for its sprawling fish market.
How to get there
Fly into Yangyang International Airport.