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May 21, 2018

7 Easy Ways You can support the community while traveling

The travel and tourism industry contributes more than $ 2 trillion to the global economy every year. That is 9% of GDP! Let’s say that all this wealth has been paid to a company with social responsibility giving something to the community we visit.

It is like sharing a trip, bringing money from one country and supporting another country. Simply by doing what you love, you can strengthen small communities around the world.

There are seven simple ways to help community travel:

1. Eat somewhere in the district

By eating at small restaurants, cafes and stands, money will flow directly to the surrounding community. You will also gain true insight about local cuisine and its way of eating.

I like to find small holes in the walls where the owner may provide food so that they serve their families.

7 Easy Ways You can help the community during travel
Eat a popular Laksa cuisine in Singapore 24 hours food market

Avoid the comfort of Starbucks or McDonald’s when you next trip. Do not waste your time on the food you can eat at home!

7 Easy Ways You can help the community during travel
Thai street food.

Please try different things

Second local company

Just as you eat locally, you can avoid large chains and supermarkets, not only get real experience but also help small and medium enterprises to contribute to the development of the region.

When reserving transportation with major companies like airlines, please save as much as possible. But when you arrive, do not forget to pay reasonable prices to local sellers, do not overdo it with a shout! Storing some pennies here probably will not make a big difference across the trip, but it could lead to the life of the trading person.

3. Live like a local

The hotel is attractive and does not mean I have not succumbed to temptation in the past. However, if you forget convenience and convenience, your host family may be fun all the time.

Can you make a better genuine experience at a local B & B than a family bungalow? You do not find truth in your isolated park where you are closest to the pool Margarita.

Koh Tao, Thailand
Family bungalow I was on Koh Tao.

Support social reasons

I like the idea of ​​booking what to book normally, but I will make a reservation with the amount spent to support big concern. If you are a socially responsible company such as Visit.org or Wander.io, you can do it!

Please vote for a better world by assigning a travel budget to a company with social responsibility.

Just like traveling, you can empower small communities by supporting local companies and social concerns.

Give you what you do not need

If you have extra money on vacation, you probably will buy some extra stuff. I always buy unique shirts in small shops when I am abroad. Things that you can not find at home. I will pass one or two T – shirts to a charity store, collection point of clothing items, or a friend I see there.

It is better to do this than to accumulate many things you do not need at home. Or, at least, to protect your back from the burden of extra baggage when traveling. When purchasing a new one, please exchange it for old one. Someone knows, perhaps someone likes what you do not already have.

6. Minimize your impact

Be beautiful after you! Please bring reusable bags. Please collect the garbage on the beach and throw it to the trash can. Become a travel ninja and do not leave a sign.

And please, leave only wild animals. Children’s zoo is not going well! We will do your research and we will quickly search to find huge amounts of stress these animals are happily receiving on Google.

Do not forget that you are a guest. Help the community you visit and return more than you take!

7. Return microfinance

If you want more assistance please join my credit team to help entrepreneurs in developing countries. You can also purchase one of the traveling electronic guides, 100% money will be sent to poor entrepreneurs who can use the funds to better support their families and communities. I also cover the cost of PayPal!

December 21, 2017

Sunmoon Lake, Best Attractions in Taiwan

The area of ​​7.93 square kilometers, Sun Moon Lake of Nantou County is Taiwan’s largest freshwater lake.
Where and where is Sun Moon Lake?

A little over two hours by bus from Taichung, there is a majestic blue fog Sun Moon Lake.

Surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, beautiful cycling route, transparent turquoise waters, this place is a sightseeing hotspot.

I am very busy during the weekend, especially on vacation, so please book your accommodation! Please reserve at least several weeks in advance. My girlfriend and I understood the difficult way.

Sunmoon Lake, Best Attraction in Taiwan

How to get to Taichung & Alishan from Lake Sun Moon

Sun Moon Lake is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Taiwan and there are locals as well. You can easily access from Taichung.

You can use 6670 Nantou Bus from Taichung Train Station or HSR. It is NT $ 296 (£ 7.60).

How to get to Taichung from Lake Sun Moon
Taichung is the third largest city in Taiwan and is very connected with many neighboring cities. Direct trains depart from Taipei and Kaohsiung.

Before visiting Sun Moon Lake, I spent several days at Alishan landscape area at an altitude of 2,500 meters. There is a direct bus to Sun Moon Lake, and Alisan leaves at 1:00 and 2:00 pm every day.

It is common for Alishan visitors to continue traveling to Sun Moon Lake. That meant that the trip was well organized and simple. For more information on Taiwan’s Alishan Scenic Area please read my guide.

Ultimate guide to Alishan National Scenic Area of ​​Taiwan
Top 5 of Sun Moon Lake

My girlfriend and I visited the majestic lake for three days and the hotel recommended a pass of Sun Moon Lake. When traveling to Taichung and Pulley there are several types of passes that you can earn with considerable discount, including activities at the lake. I really encourage you to get a pass as it saves a lot of money. Our passport contains only $ NT390 (~ £ 10).

Around the lake shore bus ticket around the day
Boat tours (rally, Ito Tao, Xuzuen pillar)
Return by cable car
Master – Elephant One-way coupon bus
These passports can be purchased at Nantou Office or up to seven Eleven. For details of each package, please visit the Nantong bus website. If you have time in a hurry, there are more in some aisles!

1. Ride a bike around the best bike path in the world

This area of ​​Lake Sangmuon was built for cycling. Because it is an awesome and quirky experience, do not miss this! The designated bicycle path covers half of the lake and features an impressive infrastructure for experienced and inexperienced cyclists. Choose a quiet bike path along the 12 km road where you regularly stop. It is easy to see and take pictures excessively. I have to take hundreds of pictures.

Viewpoint of the section of the bicycle path

2. Sun Moon Lake Shuttle

This is how to find a much faster lake! The boat is operated every day from 9 o’clock to 17 o’clock, but it may vary depending on the season. Let’s take a look at the boat’s plane. If you do not choose Sun Moon Lake Pass, you can purchase a boat ticket at all stands near the three pier. If you find this part of the lake you can berth the ship to Shuishe, Syuanguang or Ita Thao Pier and you can return to exactly one. On the boat tour you can watch the following places and visit:

Lalou: This small island in the middle of the lake divides the lake once into a crescent and a round sun. It lived Tao, but it was partially destroyed by the 1930s dam construction and the 1999 earthquake. It is too fragile for tourists to explore, but a beautiful view of the boat.
Ita Thao: Get off at Ita Thao Pier and you can find Tao village of ancient natives. There are lots of restaurants, souvenir shops and relaxing restaurants.
Ita Thao: Sun Moon Lake Shuttle
Ita Thao street food

Pagoda: A tower with a height of 45 meters, located at the height of 954 meters at Chaballan Mountain, was erected to commemorate the mother of the late President Chiang Kai-shek. You can walk to Xu Harbor wharf in this magnificent 9-storey tower and follow the Quinglong Mountain Trail. Unfortunately, part of this road was under construction during my visit, so we could not keep on the road.
Sun Moon Lake Shuttle
3. Sun Moon Lake Funicular Car

The cable car was an unforgettable part of the trip. It is 6.8 minutes from Sun Moon Lake Resort (south east of the lake and north side of the Ita Thao community), leading to Formosa’s Aboriginal Cultural Village, passengers can see the lake from the perspective birds.

I encourage everyone to take the cable car to the top for the wonderful view of the lake, it was a lot of fun! Tickets can be purchased separately as a package at F.A.C.V. Sunmoon Lake Pass theme park or package. For details of schedule and fee, please visit the website.

Sun Moon Lake Funicular
The cable car is spreading in 2 mountains by 1877 m!

Sun Moon Lake Funicular

4. Wen Jiabao

Wen Wu Temple was built from the ruins of two temples in 1938, rebuilt in 1969 and its scale expanded. The Mammoth Temple is on the northern shore of Lake Sun Moon. In order to come here you can catch the bus around the lake. The lake runs all day.

Wen
Wu Wen was one of my favorite temples in Taiwan due to the view of the adjacent garden and the lake from the rooftop.

Wen
Wenwu Temple overlooking Sun Moon Lake.

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5. Start the festival

There are several important events that took place in the lake during that year:

January / February: Lunar New Year
February / March: Aboriginal cherry blossom festival
March / April: Bicycle Free Tour and Valley Hop Appreciation September – 10,000 people Sun Moon Lake Traverse (10,000 people swim over 3 km and swim in the lake!)
October / November: Saint-Moon-Lake Festival, or “Saint-Moon-Lake International Fire Works Music Festival and Bike Day Festival”
Do not forget to book accommodation a couple weeks ago!

Have fun!

My trip to Lake Sun Moon was a welcome change from a contaminated area at the busy time on the west coast of Taiwan. It is a beautiful area of ​​many activities to offer. Cycling around the lake was a fun adventure. The public can easily suppress their mood and I think that they are very busy in popular seasonal events. However, if you go to Taiwan, you will not miss a breathtaking place.

November 21, 2017

8 things you need to travel everything

How can you support your local community before you get out while you are there.
I stop working in 2014, travel around the world and earn money online. During my trip, I always took some habit to make sure I enjoyed my adventure!

Regardless of whether you decide to travel alone, as a group, or a couple, there are a few things you need to do here during the trip.

Before you leave

You know I sometimes “Burn the card! But a little plan and study for your next adventure is distant.

First of all, it can save you money and let you know how much to spend things. Secondly, I will do some research to find out what is happening during your stay, what day and month you are in.

There are three things to do before you go:

1. Check local festivals and holidays

My favorite part of traveling is to immerse in foreign cultures. Before planning a trip, I always check what festivals and events are happening, I will not miss it. When I was in Barcelona, ​​I went to see the 5 day LaMercè Festival dedicated to the boss of Barcelona. The streets are full of street music, parades, traffic signals (collect), popular human towers!

Collect in Barcelona’s LaMercèFestival
The goal was to jump off the fireworks. It is safer than it looks.

MercèCastellers in Barcelona!
MercèCastellers in Barcelona! Probably not so sure, but certainly very interesting.

When I was in Taiwan, I was there in the Lunar New Year. It was an exciting and cultural experience to see almost every part of Taiwan in lantern and paint in red and gold. I was able to experience the essence of China New Year in Asia.

Wen Jiabaji, Sun Moon Lake
Wen Wu Temple overlooking Sun Moon Lake during Chinese New Year!

Make sure you miss the magical moment! Enjoy the time you spend there, such as street parties, holidays, parties.

However, if the budget is limited, holidays can be avoided. Hotel, flight, fare may take more than usual due to high demand.

2. Check the weather in the season

The season is different all over the world. And like your country, the weather is like what activity is going on, how far the site is going sightseeing, where the place is open or closed, and how much you generally display and do when you are there You can decide.

You can grasp the details of the visit by sending the climate of the country you visited and the last year’s folder to Google and downloading the weather application to your smartphone.

3. Read the travel blog!

Travel blogs are a great way to learn deep personal experiences.

Reading blog posts gives you information on where to go, what to see, traffic hints (local time in most cases), what to eat. All in one place.

When you read various perspectives of a country, whatever type of traveler you can decide what you like when you get there. Of course, travel is a unique experience that anyone can enjoy, so please make your own itinerary with each story as a guide!

Travel tips on this travel blog

While you are there

You have arrived! If you are here now you will want to make the most of your trip. A good rule is to aim for authenticity. Avoid what you can do at home and deeply immerse yourself in the culture.

There are five things you should do while you are there:

4. Stay in several places

Given the difference between your home and origin, there are not two identical areas. For this reason, we can not say that we saw the whole country if we saw only a part of it. No matter where I was, I will tell you another story for an hour in any direction. Different crowd, different architecture, different culture etc.

When I was in Thailand, South provided opportunities for diving with beautiful islands, but the north talked about the jungle and the mountains. In Spain, we traveled from the Catalonia region of Barcelona to the southern Andalusia region of Spain. The food was different, the climate was different, surprisingly the words were also great! Attractive history and various landscapes have shown to me how important it is to absorb as many countries (or neighboring countries) as possible, leaving not only your money but also your experience It was.

Koh Tao, Thailand
Staying at Koh Tao bungalow is quite different from the city of Bangkok!

5. Make friends with locals

Talking to local people is the best way to make a better connection with the country. Learning expressions like “Thank you” and “Hello” are a polite way to show people are interested in their culture. If you are friendly and ready to honor your customs, you can see that a little effort is needed.

There are quotes like James A. Michaeln. I am okay.

“If you refuse food, ignore customs, fear religion, avoid people, you must stay home.”

8 things you need to travel everything
Dogs are also locals.

“What to do every time I travel” 5.a. Pet is a cute dog.

Bologna’s pride
I show my support for Bologna Pride.

When I remember the words and phrases of the trip, I use it at home when I meet people in this area. This makes you smile and makes you look like a rich man!

6. Use public transport

Since I do not have a driver’s license, I usually use public transport. I was able to drive but I think it is one of the best ways to travel abroad. Finding languages, schedules and tickets is a difficult experience, but basically it is essence of travel.

I realized that I misunderstood that I knew where I should go and explain it to someone is an unforgettable experience! You certainly will not only gain knowledge about the region and travel methods but will encourage you to talk to locals. I also think that it is a good way to know how much it costs.

My advice is to see Google Maps, but I do not rely on it. Let’s seek help from people and see where they are going!

8 things you need to travel everything
Learn the coach at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan.

7. Traveling (holiday holidays)

This is my favorite moment. My girlfriend and I are always looking for an opportunity to go on vacation. After that, after planning a trip to a specific country, I will go back to work after going to a fun weekend or another week.

Due to the nature of work, we usually reserve a long stay. If you need a little adventure, visit the island, go to mountains and caves, reserve nearby places! It certainly brings some excitement to the trip when you are there for a long time, but also guarantees you to make the most of it before you leave.

8. Capture memories

Needless to say, always catch at least some memories with pictures and videos! Especially for you, traveling bloggers, photos, videos are as important as writing than blogging.

That said it was very addictive to take pictures and videos. As a travel blogger, it is important to present the concrete places as much as possible from my point of view. But do not spend all your time watching your life through your lens. Take your time and live it with your eyes!

November 21, 2017

You keep productivity when traveling

I’d like to look back on twenty years later. I am not only impressed with the opinions I have seen but I am proud of my influence on the world.

Unfortunately, long-term travel and productivity do not necessarily match. Motivation and creativity will lead to positive travel success. However, with regard to productivity, we need to learn to concentrate on a constantly changing environment.

At first it is not easy. I learned a few things off the work place, so I continued for four years. I will share it with you on this blog.

Create your routine from Monday to Friday

Everyday! But is not it the word we refuse? Yes, No

Madness-like routines that can truly help you when you travel. This may involve something when you happen at a reasonable time (what I can not actually do). Take the train in front of the e – mail in the morning. Or, take a shower and prepare to go to work (I can do it).

To get the most out of routines, you need to prioritize the power of your brain and adjust to autopilot for low level tasks.

Maintaining productivity is important, but finding a place for lunch will save you valuable time and energy if you suffer from work projects. Let’s find your favorite cafe frequently in the vicinity of your office a week.

To maintain consistency

In a world of ruthless competition, consistency and resolution can break the skill.

Growing, I suffered from the love of writing. I had dyslexia and I was always in trouble at school because I could not write enough on paper to be consistent with creative thinking in my head. I knew what it meant, but I could not write it on paper. I can switch to computer keyboard and document management software. I can write efficiently in a much easier way to correct mistakes.

I never imagined that an English teacher would embrace me after class. I had some blogs and I wrote it every day.

I have never pursued my dream though I have not proven my ability, so I was able to achieve it. Please remember. Do not forget to go every day.

“The dream of death is the day to stop believing in the work you need to get there.” – Chris Burkmenn

Wireless broadband

Seriously, this is probably the most important point. Ask before you reserve whether your property has high speed Wi-Fi. I especially asked about Mbps. If you ask politely, they do not care and those who provide high-end business travel services will understand.

I have been caught many times to make points before I make a reservation somewhere. Or at least get a confirmation by reading a positive review.

Certainly, this may be a little fun. In distant areas, I miss regularly for as long as I want. Sometimes I want to take a week off and travel as a regular person. But in my company, I need to be 52 weeks a year.

Likewise, look for the best SIM card and please purchase on arrival. I just paid Korean unlimited data SIM card for 30 days for 30 days. Dear, but it is worth it. I like people who have less money than more stress.

Air Blob Apartments

I enjoy going slowly. In other words, it is in the same place from two weeks to six months at a time. When I stay in a new city or a new country for more than two weeks, I feel local feelings of this place. I start shopping at supermarkets, use public transport, drink at local bars, meet friends, and experience outside of typical sightseeing routes.

The airblub apartment is ideal for nomad entrepreneurs moving slowly. They offer huge weekly and monthly discounts. In other words, you can get a luxurious one-bedroom apartment with the same price as most budget hotels in the area.

One of the advantages of staying in an apartment rather than a hotel or hostel is that you can settle down and have your own work place. Many apartments have a desk and self-catering is possible. I am enjoying the opportunity to work from home with my personal WiFi connection from time to time.

Let’s get £ 25 from your first Airbnb trip!
If you like to live in the hostel it is also wonderful! You probably have better social experience than I do. I do not teach good things or bad things. That is the way I discovered that I am the most productive.

Rent VA (Virtual Assistant)

You need to know when to delegate to the entire business.

I have worked with several virtual assistants in the past, but most of them are flexible. I am talking to someone who is currently helping me plan my trip. It takes a lot of time to concentrate more on your work.

If travel bloggers are checking hotels, there are many VISAs specializing in contacting and negotiating with hotels.

Plan in advance

I plan to fly to Japan tomorrow, but this deadline is at the end of this week.

Charge the laptop, upload the document offline, and work over 35,000 feet.

While I was on a train or airplane I found my best written work.

This includes investigating the city before you arrive and make sure you are ready to take the basics on arrival.

Know when you are having fun

Productivity also means doing better work by caring for yourself. Not only physically but also mentally.

If you are sitting in the same room for 16 hours a day, you can not claim yourself in the long run. Believe me, I tried it.

If you need it, take a good break, take a walk, or have lunch with a friend. Your brain will reward you later.

This is even more true for online entrepreneurs and bloggers working at home. Returning to my life, I always try to go out and explore. Pictures can do something outside the scope of my computer screen.