One of our travel experts, Kayla, visited Taiwan and wanted to share her trip with a photo story to show us what it was like. Read a little bit about her trip and see the awesome photos of Taipei, Taiwan to inspire your own travels!
In January, I had the pleasure of exploring the beautiful country of Taiwan for a little over a week. It was a business trip, but my work really only spanned the morning to early afternoon – giving me ample time to go exploring!
Experiencing the Culture
Taiwan’s people were so kind and friendly, the food and transportation costs were relatively inexpensive, and I found the cities to be much cleaner compared to those in the United States. My local friend May, who showed me around the city, laughed when I told her I thought Taipei was clean. I told her she had no idea what a change of scenery it was for me, elaborating a little more on the littering problem in America (or at least California).
Tips for planning a trip to Taiwan
After a little online research and trip planning, I pinpointed some local destinations that I really wanted to get to before my return to California. I also had the luxury of asking my Taiwanese friends for recommendations. My friends were incredibly helpful to have around while exploring the city because despite the fact that people were friendly, English speakers were certainly a rarity. This made grabbing a taxi and ordering food rather difficult, the latter of which was often worsened by the fact that some menus (even in touristy areas) did not come with an English translation.
How to Handle Language Barriers in Stride
As a result, a lot of my interactions involved pointing at things – be it a map on my phone or a picture of a food item I thought to be good/that my stomach could handle. I was reduced to the status of a baby, unable to communicate effectively. It was all part of the fun though! That was the first time I’ve ever been unable to communicate with people (in Costa Rica, I got by on limited Spanish, and I knew enough Tagalog to survive during my trip to the Philippines). I didn’t know back then that there were some helpful apps out there we wrote about in our breaking the language barrier post.
Here’s a collection of photos from my adventures in Taipei. Stay tuned for Taichung and Kaohsiung coverage!
A Visit to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Exploring Taipei City – Ximending District and Taipei 101
Walking Around Shilin Night Market (and Tasting Everything too!)
More Good Food (Did I mentioned Taipei is a Foodie’s Paradise?)
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