Here at movetotaiwan.com we try and pass along info, tips and tricks that have been gathered over the years to prospective future residents. We may not know everything and we may not always get everything perfect, but what we will do is help you however we can, and give you a couple of western-minded individual’s views on the island that was once called Formosa, which means “Beautiful Island.”
We encourage visitors to our website to join in the conversations. Whether you are considering a move or have lived in Taiwan for decades, everyone has something useful to add to the discussion. Great questions are as valuable as solid answers. Don’t be shy, and jump right in. And as the locals say, 加油 (Go!).
Nick – It was the beginning of 2005 when I first started thinking about moving abroad. I had graduated from college a couple of years earlier and had a good job and was on the right track for a promising career, but there was just something missing. I didn’t know exactly what it was, but I knew that I wanted to experience a different culture, live in a foreign place and just try new things. After doing a lot of research on places around the world I settled on Taiwan and booked a one way plane ticket to Taipei. That was in August 2005 and it’s been an incredible ride ever since. I’ve lived in several cities on the island and during my time here have done everything from teaching English to international marketing for major Taiwanese tech companies. And as one of the best parts of living in Taiwan, I have also gotten to travel to many exciting places in Asia.
Tim – After being born and raised in a Philadelphia suburb, I decided I wanted to see more of the world. A couple of years after graduating from university, I spent a month alone bouncing around Europe. That gave me the confidence to head to Asia. In 2005 I climbed onto a plane and landed in Taiwan with the idea of living here for a year, and then heading home. While I did leave Taiwan after the first year, I never made it home. Instead, I went to Japan for a year, before making my way back to Taiwan to teach. Now I am spending my time working on my digital marketing blog.