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How to Take Care of Your Skin & Hair When Traveling

Travel Tips - Ross French - September 16, 2021

Traveling can take a toll on your skin and hair and leave you feeling less than fabulous. Maintaining a good skin and hair routine can be more difficult when you’re traveling but adopting some simple habits will help you look your best. Continue Reading

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5 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Travel Tips - Ross French - September 16, 2021

Traveling is an incredible experience, but it can be easy to let healthy habits slip while you’re away. Many people put on extra pounds or drink unhealthy amounts of alcohol while traveling, which can have long-term health consequences. This is why many people use supplements and nutritional products on the road, such as the organic honey from Gold Bee, to keep themselves as healthy as possible.

You must make your health a priority when you travel, especially if you plan on being away for a long time. Here are five tips to help you stay healthy while traveling: Continue Reading

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Fabulous Swiss Gear Backpack For A Perfect Travel Plan

Travel Tips, Word Travel - Ross French - January 28, 2021

Swiss Gear Backpack

A swiss gear backpack is a brilliant option for traveling in a hassle-free manner. It is a part of the Swiss Army backpack company and is grabbing the global population’s attention. Moreover, a Swissgear laptop backpack is perfect for an office tour. Nowadays, a laptop is an all-time companion for most people. It does not depend on your age. However, you must check that the product is long-lasting enough for long-term traveling. Thus, you can keep a lot of articles necessary for your trip within a compact space. Read this content till the end for all the relevant details on the swissgear backpack. Continue Reading

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Taipei Travel Guide

China - Ross French - May 7, 2020

Taiwan is divided into several major provinces. For most of the tourists, you will want to pick one of the following two places as your first destination: Taipei and Xinbei, which is commonly known as the northern part of Taiwan; or Kaohsiung and Tainan, which is known as the Southern part.

While many other options exist, you would want to stay within Taipei for their first trip to Taiwan. This is, therefore, a detailed guide showing your way around Taipei.

Traveling and Accommodations

After getting off the plane at Taoyuan Airport, you would have four options: Take the Taoyuan High-Speed Railway, the Taoyuan MRT, Airport bus or Taxi. You will most likely arrive at the Taipei MRT Station if you intend to take any of the public mass transport.

The Taxi is fairly priced – assuming that you are dropping off at Taipei Station, the taxi fare would roughly be 600NT. If you would like to get to your hotel directly, taxis are usually the way to go.

The High-Speed Rail is the fastest (probably even faster than taxi) but also the costliest out of the rest three. MRT and the bus take the same time, so it would depend on your preference. One thing’s for sure: There are so many English signs in the airport to guide your way. You are very unlikely to get lost.

Once you are in the city, you should primarily use the MRT (the local Metro system) to travel around. Most of the city’s attractions are easily accessible using the MRT, but note that the metro system is complex and is considered quite confusing for many first-time visitors, so be prepared to get lost a few times. You can keep on using Taxi or calling Uber, or hop on a bus to experience the city. Also, Taipei is a very walkable city, and you should be able to walk from places to places if you know your way around. It’s your choice!

One last thing: The rate of hotel rooms caters to all markets and rooms are available every time of the year. If you don’t know where to look, hotels near Ximending and Taipei Station, possibly Wanhua and Zhongxiao Dunhua districts are your safest bets.

Attractions

Many of the biggest and most important landmarks in Taiwan, such as the Taipei 101, National Palace Museum and The National Taiwan University are within the city.

Taipei 101 is the tallest building of Taiwan. It is 101 floors high—hence the name—and the top floors comprise two observation decks. This is one of the sleekest buildings of the city, and the best place to have a bird’s-eye view of the city. After you’ve enjoyed the view from above, you should also have a look at the lower floors—it is a mall with a huge food stall serving international food.

The National Palace Museum is not the same as the one in Beijing. They share the same Chinese name (Gu-Gong—literally translated as ‘the old palace’) and have a similar focus: Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks dated back to the Ming and Ching dynasty. While the scale of collection in Taipei is much smaller than the one in Beijing, this is still one of the biggest collections of Chinese artwork out of the world. If you are into art and Chinese culture, check it out.

Lastly, there is the National Taiwan University, which is known as NTU. NTU is the Harvard of Taiwan. While you may not enter campus’ building (Unless you have been invited by someone from the campus), you may take photos on the outskirts of this historical campus. CD shops, book stores and eateries are scattered around here, so even if you are not going inside the campus, there’s no harm in walking around.

Shopping

When compared with other parts of Taiwan, Taipei is well known for being a shopper’s Heaven. SOGO, atre, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi are just some upscale big malls in The Shinyi commercial circle. In there, you should be able to find all the international big brands you know and love.

Taipei is also known for its underground shopping malls. The Taipei Underground Shopping Mall hosts shops that sell tourist goods and souvenirs. It is also famous for selling Japanese Comics, novels, video games and related goods.

One place you should definitely visit would be Ximending, which is a pedestrian walkway a-la ‘night market’. While the business here usually starts in the afternoon, in the evening, Ximending kicks into another gear. You will most likely find people queuing for bubble tea and restaurants, while the shops sell an array of souvenirs and clothing items. Wallets, bags, accessories, clothes, Taiwanese snacks, and many traditionally related goods that can furnish your rooms, can easily be found here.

As for your souvenir wish list, Food is usually your safest bet. Pineapple Cakes, Tea leafs, ‘pork papers’ (pork jerkies which are thin as a piece of paper—this is super crunchy) are some most sought after items that will satisfy even your pickiest friends.

One thing you might not have expected would be books—Taiwan has quite the literature scene. If you know a friend who can read Chinese, why not buy him a book of Yang Mu, one of the greatest modern poets in Taiwan?

With so much to buy and enjoy in Taipei, why not book your tickets now? Fly to Taipei now with Cathay Pacific.

Food

Even without mentioning, you should have heard about bubble tea by now, which is a variant of milk tea with tapioca balls added on, served cold. You will see people drinking this popular drink once you’ve touched down, as bubble tea shops can be found literally everywhere—including the Taoyuan airport.

Besides bubble tea, you would most likely want to taste some local snacks and food. Some of the stuffs you should definitely try include:

1. Xiaolongbao/Meat dumplings

The term literally translated as ‘small cage buns’. It is, however, not a bun, but meat dumplings with soups inside, wrapped in a very thin layer of skin that’s almost translucent. This item does not originate from Taiwan, but it is very popular there.

2. Beef Noodles

While the Beef served with the noodles is nice, what makes a bowl of beef noodles shines is the soup, which could have taken over 24 hours to prepare. Luckily, you don’t have to wait for 24 hours for your bowl, as Beef Noodles can be found in most of the places in Taiwan.

3. Oyster vermicelli

While the name might trick you into thinking this is a noodle dish, this is more like a soup or a snack. Small pebbles of oysters and vermicelli are the main ingredients. Pig intestines are often added. If you think this is some odd Asian flavor, wait until you taste the Umami flavor on the soup, which is usually based on fish stocks or bonito flakes. You will be pleasantly surprised.

4. Fried Chicken cutlet

We are not referring to the American style Wings or the Korean style chicken nuggets, or any of the stuff you have in KFC. Taiwanese like their chicken cutlet fried and sprinkled with spiced salt, sometimes with paprika. It is spicy, crispy and juicy. In short: It’s finger licking good.

You can find many of the food listed here in any of the ‘night markets’ in Taipei. Shilin night market, Shi-Da Night Market and Raohe Street Night Market are some places where you can start looking.

In Conclusion

There is really nothing stopping you from visiting Taiwan. So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets to Taipei now.

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Three Extra Ways to Improve Yourself While Doing a Year or More of Traveling

Travel Tips - Ross French - November 2, 2016

 

Travel broadens the mind, and can teach you a huge amount of things about people, the world, and yourself that will stay with you for the rest of your life. If you are planning to take a year or more away from home to go and live in another country or travel the world, then you are sure to come back with countless new skills and a wealth of useful experiences that will help you in your career and your social life. This is just a natural side effect of getting out of your comfort zone and interacting with new people and places. However, if you want to make your time traveling even more transformative, you could also set yourself some personal goals for self improvement to work on while you are away. Here are a few ideas:

Study for an Online Degree

A great way to use your time traveling, if you will be in places where you can access the internet, is to start studying for an online degree. You can do all kinds of courses online these days, so whether you want to start a vocational degree, study business, or get a postgrad degree like an MSN administration degree, you can study wherever you are and come back from your travels closer to an important qualification. Travel tends to involve some exciting and busy times, but also quite a lot of ‘dead time’ while you are traveling between locations, or where you don’t have your usual sources of entertainment and social interaction. Studying something like online RN to MSN programs can help you use all of that time productively.

Get Fit!

Some people get out of shape while traveling, thanks to all the interesting foreign foods and time spent in hotel rooms. You don’t have to be one of them, and by setting the goal to come back in better shape, you can actually make more of your trip. Walking, running, swimming or cycling are all good ways to see more of the places you visit, and of course, depending on where you go, there may be other opportunities to do active things like watersports. Many hotels have gyms or pools, and if you are staying in more long term accommodation, joining a local gym can be a good way to meet people, too.

Learn a Language

Whether you are traveling to places that speak English, like the UK, Australia or New Zealand, to a place where another language is spoken, or to a variety of places where all different languages are used, traveling can be a good time to start to learn another language even if you don’t need it for your trip. With online tools and mobile apps like Duolingo, you can study a language in your downtime for free, and if you happen to be somewhere where you can use it, watch TV in it, and really immerse yourself in it, you’ll get great results really quickly.

These are just three things you could commit to doing to make your traveling period an even more life changing experience.

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