The Hunt for the Perfect Travel Shoe in Europe

My Birkenstocks… my trusty light-weight, pretty slip-ons have sadly seen better days… 😳 They’ve seen a lot, but its time for them to retire. So when my mom and I embarked on a big European adventure this summer, I knew I’d be on the lookout for some new kicks. Therefore, when I heard some friends…

15 Best Gifts to Buy in Taiwan

If you’re looking for that perfect souvenir to bring home or that extra special birthday gift to send to your friend this year, then look no further than this list of 15 unique gifts to buy while vacationing or living in Taiwan. 1. Facemasks In my opinion, beauty products in Taiwan, such as lotions, SPFs,…

The Jiji Railway Line

The Jiji Railway Line is a small line that starts in the town of Ershui in Central Taiwan. A hop-on-hop-off ticket costs about 90 NTD and gives you access to the line for the whole day. With cute towns, historic sites, and hiking trails, you can easily spend a day exploring this little historic section…

10 + Fun Activities to Do for Cheap and Free in Taipei

Are you cheap as heck, but still want a good time? In Taipei, a bustling metropolis with a good public transport system, yummy food, and fun day trips, that’s completely possible. So here’s a list of all the nonsense you can do in Taipei for less than 100 NTD (about 3 USD). 1. Taipei Zoo…

How to Get to Alishan in 2017: Prices and Recommendations

Alishan in Taiwan is a gorgeous national park in a mountain range that’s famous for its cherry blossoms and old train line. Despite being extremely famous, I’ve noticed that a lot of English websites are either woefully out-of-date when it comes to getting to Alishan, or they simply don’t provide enough information to make the…

8 Common and Hilarious English Mistranslations in Taiwan

1. The Surprising Google Translate Pretty sure you mean breast, but hey, that guy on the poster sure looks excited anyway. 2. The Unfortunate Misspelling Colgate must be used for something different in Taiwan. 3. The Downright Rude Aww, she sounds sweet. 4. The Peculiar Word Choice Fashionista Nothing screams fashion like “bagel.” 5. The…

Over 20 Things to Do in Chiayi, Taiwan

I’ve been living in Chiayi for over a year now and I’ve had ample time to explore the city, so I thought it was high-time to write a list of its attractions. From the outside, its a relatively quiet, sprawling, cement-covered Taiwanese town, but if you’ve got the time and the energy its got some…

Getting to Changhua and Lugang from Chiayi – A Day Trip

One of the prettiest towns in central Taiwan is only a short train and a bus ride from some of areas biggest cities. Take a day trip to explore beautiful old Lugang and the giant Buddha in Changhua. Taiwan has a tendency to knock old buildings down, and often “old towns” in Taiwan only stretch…

25 Unusual Activities to Try in Taiwan

Looking for some unusual and authentic activities to try in Taiwan? Look no further than these 25 unique activities which you should experience while visiting this beautiful island. 1. Play Majong If you’re brave you can do this in the night market with the pros, but if you want a less intimidating experience, pick up…

6 Recommendations for a Weekend in Jiaoxi Hot Springs, Taiwan

Hot springs and waterfalls beckon enticingly from Jiaoxi, a city that’s only an hour’s bus ride from Taipei. If you find yourself on the way to Jiaoxi some weekend, then here’s what I recommend you check out on arrival, including a delicious cheap eat and a place to stay. 1. Get a fish pedicure There…

What to do in Toucheng, Taiwan

Toucheng, Taiwan, located along the beautiful East Coast in Yilan is a great place to wind down with history, museums, and sea food. And it’s only about an hour away from Taipei! 1. Wander Toucheng Old Town Start the day by taking a walk along Toucheng’s old street. While there are a lot of beautiful…

10 Ways to Cope with Wanderlust While Living Abroad

You might be asking yourself how someone can get wanderlust while living abroad, but trust me, it happens. Many expats will move overseas to get away from the daily grind, leave it all, and have adventures, but often moving abroad just means finding yourself in a new 9 to 5 halfway around the world. So…