hitchhiking from south to north for two weeks


Is solo female travel in Taiwan secure? Certainly.

I in no way anticipated to hitchhike in Taiwan, nevertheless, on the way to the south (from Taipei), I have noticed a lot of female travelers on the side road with thumbs up. To be sincere, traveling about Taiwan by train can get definitely pricey, in particular if you are undertaking north to south.

Immediately after a week in Dulan, a surf town in the south, I decided to go hitchhiking with close friends whom I met at the hostel. We wanted to attain Hualien initial to see if it is straightforward to hitchhike. The hostel manager produced a sign for us in Taiwanese that mentioned “Hualien” and inside two minutes of raising it in front of the hostel, a choose-up truck stopped for us.

“Please be a choose-up truck” was all I could believe about though waiting for the ride. In my hitchhiking experiences, I haven’t had any successes having a ride for three individuals. Most rides only take 1. Gender is also an additional issue in hitchhiking as girls get the most luck. I was traveling with a girl and a boy so the odds are quite higher. It was quite unlikely that they will take the guy. Having said that, this hitch proved all these assumptions incorrect. In Taiwan, as lengthy as there is space, they will take you!

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Hitchhiking companions, Lander (Spain) and Alex (Philippines).

Raising the thumb was not that complicated as hitchhiking is quite popular in Taiwan. The difficult portion was the climate. If you have been to Taiwan, you will know that this nation is quite fond of rainfall. In the middle of that four-hour ride to Hualien, it rained. The driver and his companion, each about my age, asked the 3 of us if we wanted to go down and locate an additional ride. We all looked at every single other, unwilling to modify rides as we had been currently wet. Absolutely nothing could have produced it far better. I personally really like the rain so it was only a couple of hours to take a shower and not get sick. We told them we’re okay and we’d really like to continue the ride with them up to Hualien.

When the rain stopped briefly, they asked if we wanted to see a thing exciting along the way. One particular of them explained exactly where they wanted to bring us but none of us understood. His English was not that superior. We nodded in agreement anyway. Immediately after all, these guys looked harmless. There is also no way that 3 of us can not take these two guys down. We did not have to talk about that as Taiwanese individuals are quite good to vacationers. I am quite confident that they have no intentions of harming us, neither do they know how.

Just as when we had been admiring the coast, the truck produced a sharp suitable turn to a canopy driveway that seemed to be a public park. The drive went uphill till we reached the leading — there had been no views of the coast, absolutely nothing definitely specific to see but these guys brought us to a penis shrine. Yes, you study that suitable. We discovered ourselves becoming surrounded by a lot of phalluses in the kind of stones.

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Lander couldn’t think his eyes!

To date, there are 15 areas in the globe exactly where the penis is worshipped. The guys told us that the Japanese brought this shrine to Taiwan but we in no way got any extra explanation than that. I also attempted to analysis about it but no penis shrine in Taiwan appeared in the search. It was kinda funny even though. We weren’t expecting to be taken in a park complete of penises but I guess it comes with the perks of hitchhiking – going areas you will in no way believe you will go.

The rain continued as we paved our way to Hualien. Due to the language barrier, it was tough for us to clarify to them exactly where we will go down so they ended up bringing us to our hostel alternatively. That was more than $40 USD saved on transportation!

Females in Taiwan: what’s the status?

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Tsai Ing-wen is the initial lady President of Taiwan / Photo by The Washington Post

Did you know Taiwan has a lady President? This does not make solo female travel in Taiwan secure but Taiwan’s initial lady leader tends to make a distinction in the nation.

For years, Taiwanese females, like several conservative Asian cultures, have struggled about gender equality. In Taiwan, some females nevertheless reside in the standard patriarchal views and social structure inside Taiwanese society. For several years, married women’s rights had been severely restricted, mostly becoming subordinates to guys. Having said that, via the ever-altering loved ones code of Taiwan, females are gradually having their seat at the table. Steadily, Taiwanese females have gained a suitable to education, marriage, operate, and political expression. Currently, females in Taiwan are a lot extra modern day and are conscious of their rights.

If you are a solo female traveling about Taiwan, individuals will not see you any diverse. At present, there are no gender prejudices in Taiwan. No one particular would ask you why you are traveling alone and/or not married. They are quite open to the concept that females can travel freely as guys do.

How secure is solo female travel in Taiwan?

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Apart from this trip, I have visited Taiwan by myself in the previous. This underrated Asian nation has been my favored for 2018. I went back 3 instances inside one particular year! Other than the language barrier, it was not tough to speak to locals. They had been usually prepared to assist.

Taiwan’s security record is quite impressive. Drug complications are at 23.49%. Home crimes such as vandalism and theft are at 19.55%. Violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery are at 12.08%. Corruption and bribery 39.32%. All these complications are rated quite low. In truth, Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei is ranked 66th out of 113 in the safest cities in the globe. With this, we can all surely conclude that solo female travel in Taiwan is quite secure.

Generating close friends as a solo female traveler in Taiwan

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When I am traveling by myself, I usually encounter close friends in hostels. I know staying in hotels in Taiwan is inexpensive but on this trip, I opted to keep in hostels to get to know extra individuals. It is straightforward, low-priced and it is 100% assured to have close friends.

In Dulan (pictured above), Alex and I had been the only girls in the hostel but we got along with the boys. I locate social drinking a way to very easily make close friends in hostels. I do not know why but for some cause, each and every traveler/backpacker I know drinks! Alex even purchased alcohol from the Philippines referred to as lambanog, a standard Filipino distilled palm liquor produced from coconut or nipa palm sap. We shared this to all the individuals in our hostel in Dulan and man, they discovered it very powerful!

In Taipei, I attempted Couchsurfing exactly where I had the possibility to meet an awesome human becoming. When hunting for couches to crash, I do not definitely count on something. My experiences in undertaking this are not usually the exact same. In some cases, you will get a superior host. A lot more usually, you do not. What’s a superior host anyway?

Personally, I do not ask my hosts to do something for me but I would definitely like to participate in their day-to-day lives. I do not count on to be fed or to be shown about. If my host has an activity for the day and she/he invites me, I would surely go. I’ve performed this a lot and I got the possibility to know the regional culture via my hosts.

I do not have a image of my host in Taiwan for the reason that we had been so busy getting a lot of entertaining. My host, Liou, is an artist and a quite optimistic individual. I do not believe I’ve met any one that optimistic! He is usually smiling and is usually prepared to give a assisting hand. His apartment is enormous and super cool, also! Liou showed me the regional culture by inviting me to hang out with his close friends. I truly didn’t have to have to be invited — absolutely everyone goes to Liou’s property for the reason that he has space. Most Taiwanese homes are definitely compact but Liou was capable to score a superior apartment a bit far from the city center. Up till currently, Liou and I speak. He even sent me a present to my property in the Philippines!

I have produced meaningful friendships in Taiwan and in these three trips I produced to the nation, I can surely attest that Taiwan is secure for solo female travelers.


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