Whether you’re in the early stages of planning your adventure abroad or about to get on a plane to Taiwan, we’ve listed some great resources that you can check out.
We have tried out and tested many different resources and are only recommending the ones we think bring the most value. Feel free to send us a message if you have questions about any of these.
Traveling in Taiwan
We highly recommend picking up at least one of the three books below even if you aren’t sure about coming to Taiwan. The books will give you more background info on what Taiwan is like and some of the cool things you can do when you get here.
Lonely Planet is our to guide book for Taiwan and it’s our top choice, but the other books are also very good (we have used them all at various points).
- Lonely Planet Taiwan (Travel Guide)
- The Rough Guide to Taiwan
- National Geographic Traveler: Taiwan, 3rd edition
Traveling Outside of Taiwan
If you plan on doing any traveling while in Asia, we suggest getting a guidebook in the US since they are cheaper than in Taiwan. Lonely Planet and Rough Guide are the best guides we’ve used.
While certainly not necessary, knowing some Chinese will help you in a big way. If you have lots of time and money, we suggest you enroll in class or try to find a private tutor before you come.
You can also try computer training programs like Rosetta Stone to learn some of the language basics before you come. We have both have used Rosetta Stone and found it to be among the best computer Chinese training programs available.
If the idea of using computer software to assist with teaching yourself isn’t appealing, there are real live Chinese instructors offering online courses. While the teachers from eTeacher are based out of Beijing and will have a slightly different accent than what you will hear in Taiwan, the one-on-one instruction can give you a great foundation in the language before you ever step foot here.
Mail Management and Forwarding
Many people moving to Taiwan will still have friends or family in their home country to help them manage the mail they will still receive there; however, if you don’t have that luxury you can use a service to assit you.
Tim has been using USAMail1’s service for the past several years. The ability to receive scans of your American mail before deciding wether or not you want to ship it to Taiwan is extremely useful. You can even have them discard unwanted mail for free, repackage multiple items into one package, and remove invoices.
Even if you have a family member willing to handle your mail for you, at the fair price of $9.99/month, the ability to manage your own mail without burdening a family member is worth it. NOTE: This is an American based service only.
Those coming from Canada, Australia and New Zealand should be able to get a similar service from their country’s postal system.
All of the above items and resources are our personal recommendations because, quite simply, we like them. We either use all of the products listed here or people we know use them and we are only recommending the products because we believe in them.
See you in Taiwan!
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