One of the nice things about moving to Taiwan for work is that it opens up an entire other part of the world for most of us.
As an American, relocating to the other side of the world was incredibly exciting. But after getting here, I realized that I could see a lot more than just my city of residence.
Where to Travel in Taiwan
Before we look outside of Taiwan, it should be mentioned that there is already a lot to explore in Taiwan. The big three cities of Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taichung each have their own flavor. If you prefer more natural scenery, there are plenty of hiking trails over the entire island, and beaches like Baishawan in the north, or Kenting in the south. There are also smaller islands like Penghu and Green Island. If you are new to Taiwan, all of these places could keep you busy for quite awhile.
Where to Travel Outside of Taiwan
Another cool aspect about Taiwan is that you are fairly close to a good amount of other interesting destinations. China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines and many other countries are all reachable in a matter of hours.
If I hadn’t moved to Taiwan, and was still living in America, I can say with utmost confidence that I would not have enjoyed a traditional Thai meal on a riverboat in Bangkok, shared a poker table with an Iranian, South Korean and North Korean in Manila, or experienced the sakura in Tokyo.
When I first moved here, international trips were possible, but they were often a little pricey. Over the last few years Taiwan has worked on improving its image as a tourist destination. In doing so, discount airlines have been popping up, making 3-day weekend getaways a lot easier. You can play around with some of the airlines’ online ticketing systems to get an idea of the travel costs:
While it’s great to be able to have all of this potential to travel while working in Taiwan, it’s important not to forget the work part. Whether you’re in Taiwan teaching, or working in an office, you are an important part of your employer’s business. You may find yourself without a job, a residence visa and money if you try and take every Friday or Monday off to travel.
That being said, there is still plenty of opportunity to hop around Asia, especially if you are in Taiwan for several years.