How to Have a Multicultural Thanksgiving Abroad

This is a guest post by  Jennifer Malia from Munchkin Treks The History of Thanksgiving Thanksgiving should be a time for Americans abroad to give thanks and celebrate cultural diversity. After all, the holiday has multicultural roots.  The origin of Thanksgiving is often traced to a three-day autumn harvest feast in 1621 when English settlers Read More …

Taroko Gorge- Hehuanshan – Motorbiking from the Pacific Ocean to 3,416m

After hiking Shakadang Trail I was convinced I needed to see more of Taroko National Park and decided to take my scooter to the highest peak. Doing some quick research at my hostel I discovered Xiafengkou(siafengkou) had a 2 hour hike to the top of Hehuanshan at an altitude of 3,416m. Locals told me the Read More …

Taroko Gorge – Shakadang Trail & The Eternal Spring Shrine

Taroko Gorge is the best place to hike in Taiwan.  Its famous for massive marble walls in a giant chasm that is many kilometers long.  The mountains around the park reach well over 3000m and provide a stunning backdrop for any outdoor enthusiast.  On my first day in Taroko National Park I joined a few other Read More …

Pingxi Lantern Festival 2016

Pingxi is famous for its lanterns and has the privilege of being the only place in Taiwan where sky lanterns can legally be released. Its remoteness coupled with a heavy annual rainfall make conditions safe for fire balls to be launched skyward. Sure there are environmental concerns (which is why I didn’t launch one) but Read More …

Happy Lunar New Year – Monkey Style from Taiwan!

Traveling on busy transit can be tough.  Lunar New Year makes that even crazier here in Taiwan.  In the last week I’ve been shoved and contorted into tiny spaces next to the bus driver, train conductors seat and sat cross legged hidden on the floor next to a luggage compartment.  To say its been uncomfortable would Read More …

4 things to do when Arriving in a New Country

Flying into Taipei the lights of the city were littered with exploding fireworks welcoming the new year.  Over the next few days I’ll have the pleasure of ringing in the Lunar New Year in northern Taiwan.  Pingxi’s lantern festival is world renowned and I’ve got a host of other fun activities to keep me going Read More …

Hot springs & waterfalls – a hidden paradise in Wulai, Taiwan

Wulai was without a doubt my favorite part of Taiwan.  Sure I only had a long weekend to explore but everything I loved about Taipei was in this quaint mountain town’s market too.  But the real attraction of Wulai isn’t the night market you can find in the capitol, its the lush natural surroundings & friendly locals. Read More …

Longshan Temple – Taipei, Taiwan

Even if you only have a half day in Taipei make sure you get to the Longshan Temple!  Its a stunning Buddhist temple with regular visitors and local parishoners.  Founded in 1738 as a haven for Chinese immigrants from Fujian the settlers built Longshan in honor of Kuan-in the Buddhist goddess of mercy. How to get Read More …

A weekend in Taipei, Taiwan

A weekend is just enough to get a taste of Taiwan and realize you want to go back again before you’ve even left.  Taipei has an excellent public transit system, free wifi and lots of cultural & crazy experiences.  Here’s a quick preview of Ronda and my trip as we met my college buddy Andrew (who Read More …