I first started thinking about moving abroad and going on an international adventure in the beginning of 2005. I had a good job and was on track for a promising career in human resources, but ultimately I was bored with what I was doing and was looking for something more exciting and interesting.
I studied abroad for a semester in Prague a couple years earlier and had loved the experience of meeting people from different cultures, trying new foods and learning a challenging and fun language. I decided that I wanted that experience again and started researching places to go.
I had three requirements when looking for places to go:
- A job that would pay me enough money (and hopefully more) to cover all my expenses. I didn’t need to get rich, but I had student loans that needed to get paid back and I couldn’t afford to work at a job where I came back to the US a year or two later with less money than when I had left.
- A country that would be fun and exciting and provide a completely different worldview, culture and language than anything I had experienced before. Europe was great, but there were many similarities to the US and I wanted something that was more novel and foreign than anything I had experienced before.
- A country/job that would provide the freedom and salary to travel around as much as I could. One of the best parts about my time in Europe was getting to travel to so many different countries and seeing so many unique things and I wanted the ability to explore as much as I could while living abroad.
I did a lot of research and based on these three requirements Taiwan quickly became the leading contender. It was in Asia, which was completely foreign to me. I knew I could pretty easily get a decently paying teaching job with no experience. Also, it had a relatively central location and was accessible to places all over Asia. So in August 2005, I packed up my apartment, put 99% of my belongings in my parent’s basement and got on a plane to Taiwan.
That was 8 years ago and it’s been an awesome ride since. I’ve lived in several cities on the island and have done everything from teach English to international marketing for Taiwanese technology companies. I’ve also gotten to travel around both Taiwan and Asia and see so many incredible things.
Based on our great experiences in Taiwan, Tim and I started this website to provide resources to people who are interested in starting on their own international adventure. Check out our blog and resources page to learn more information about Taiwan. Also, feel free to contact us with questions, whether it’s about teaching in Taiwan, moving to Taiwan or any other general questions. You can also check out Tim’s story about what made him pack up his life and move to Taiwan.