Train, plane, coach – it doesn’t matter.
When you travel first class for the first time, it’s another world.
Free food. Drinks. Wi-fi connectivity. It’s like that super train on The Hunger Games - only real … and without the weird characters.
The journey stamps itself on your mind. And it usually becomes one of your favourite parts of the holiday, somehow.
Why does that happen?
Before I get into it, I’d like to champion non-first class travel too – as the dingier experiences are often the most memorable for me (that’s a whole other blog).
Still, here’s my point about why we all love first class …
We love ‘free’ stuff and we love to be spoilt.
I’m guilty of that. We’re all guilty of that. And that’s one of the reasons why travel bloggers from all over the world are also falling in love in Taiwan – a first class country in many ways.
Here’s the list …
1. Free Wi-Fi for Everyone
The government rolled out iTaiwan in 2011, to give its citizens and tourists in Taipei free Wi-Fi across the city.
Just last year, the service was expanded across the entire island – with over 4,000 hotspots available to access totally free.
For any travel blogger who’s been stung by a data usage bill, this is a godsend.
2. You Never Go Hungry
One of the most noticeable things about this country is the amount of 7-eleven stores you see on the streets.
For those of you unfamiliar with a 7-eleven – it’s like a SPAR convenience store. And there’s a ridiculous amount of them across the island.
3. You Can Reach the Top of the World
As an island, Taiwan is one of the most fascinating natural places you can visit in the Far East. But is equally fascinating for its more urban hives like Taipei and Kaohsiung.
Now, there are many reasons why millions of travellers fly to Taipei every year. But the BIG ONE, is Taipei 101 – a skyscraper with the second-highest viewing deck in the world.
It’s one of those ‘see it to believe it’ experiences. And that’s why so many travel bloggers look to cross it off their list.
4. You Can Unlock a REAL Lifetime Experience
‘Crazy’ doesn’t cover it.
The most daring of travellers are jumping into the Taiwanese culture with both feet – sampling the snake delicacies and snake blood in one of the island’s most famous night markets - Huaxi Street.
Snake Alley in Taipei is truly one of a kind. And definitely not one for the squeamish …
Taiwan isn’t cheap … but it certainly isn’t expensive either.
You can camp on many of the beaches and in many of the mountains for free - and the holiday complexes aren’t too damaging to your wallet anyway.
Plus you can get tour guides for relatively cheap too.
As with anywhere, the best way to budget for Taiwan is to save on your ‘main’ travel costs first.
You can usually find active Emirates voucher codes running on this page for your flights, and I personally use Quikbook to sort out some reasonable accommodation.
I hope that’s given you a taste of why Taiwan is becoming increasingly popular.
How do you go about saving money when venturing out to the Far East? Give me your best tips in the comments. And please let me know you’re favourite parts about Taiwan if you’ve visited before.
(Main photo by daymin via Flickr)