15 Day Trips from Chiayi, Taiwan That’ll Knock Your Socks Off

Chiayi, Taiwan is an excellent jumping off point for some fabulous day-trips. Here’s the how, where, and why for some cool excursions from this south, central Taiwanese city! First off, the obvious! 1. Check out Tainan, an easy 45 minute train ride from Chiayi’s main train station. Here you can see some gorgeous old temples…

2018 Daily Budget in Paris: Costs of Traveling in France

Aww Paris. You love it. I love it. We all love it. Even before you’ve been, you love it. But how much does it really cost to go on vacation in the famous capital? While I’ve found plenty of general “cost of living” guidelines for Paris, I’ve yet to find a real specific breakdown of…

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 Despite being extremely famous, I’ve noticed that a lot of English websites are either woefully out-of-date when it comes to getting to Alishan, or they simply don’t provide enough information to make the…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…