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 …

Motorbiking around Pai

Pai (pronounced pie) is worth at least an overnight trip for anyone in willing to take a few hour ride west of Chiang Mai. This quaint village on the river is surrounded by rice paddies, temples, waterfalls and hot springs while still maintaining an expat community making it easy to have a great time. Brian Read More …

Chuseok at the Striking Ulleungdo Island in Korea, Gateway to Dokdo

A note from Mike:  I’m happy to introduce everyone to Rodrigo!  He’s a hiking buddy and fellow traveler who usually posts travel advice at www.OutOfYourComfortZone.net.  He is LiveTravelTeach’s very first guest blogger and I hope you enjoy the article about his getaway to an exotic island!   Another Chuseok, another long holiday, and another opportunity to explore Read More …

17 tips from a friend to save money [for travel]

My friends over at www.OutOfYourComfortZone.com wrote a great article with ideas on how to save money for anything (especially travel!)  I met Rodrigo & Nikki while hiking Seoraksan in the Spring and can’t wait to go back. But for now check out their article 17 simple tips to help you save money [so you can do Read More …

Trekking with a Red Karen Tribe – Chiang Mai, Thailand

After a week in paradise Brian and I jumped on a plane for Chiang Mai ready to play with elephants, trek through the jungle and spend a few days on motorbikes.  We quickly found the backpacker area near Tha Phae gate in the old City of Chiang Mai and grabbed a room. Finding a room in Chiang Mai Read More …

A Week in Thailand’s Andaman Sea

Thailand’s Andaman sea is a fantastic magical, place where dreams go to grow up and become even more grandiose fantasies. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got storm clouds providing a refreshing downpour or blue skies radiating above you, Thailand’s southern islands are sure to please.  This was my second trip to the Andaman (last February I Read More …

A 3 week Thai adventure begins

3 weeks from now I’ll look back and wish I was still on Thai beaches as I get ready to teach the next semester. Maybe I’ll nurse a few bumps and bruises and I’ll definitely be sifting through a mountain of travel photos. But hey, that’s 3 weeks from now. The trip to the airport Read More …

An Afternoon in Changdeokgung’s Secret Garden – Seoul, South Korea

Changdeokgung is one of Seoul’s Grand Palaces.  In fact its one of the grandest of all Grand palaces.  Designed as the second royal villa in the 1400’s it was tragically burned a handful of times throughout history.  The current restoration is a beautiful Confucian-Feng Shui architectural blend and the perfect stop for any tourist or expat in Seoul. 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 …