101 Tips to Living in Taiwan: Our Free eBook, Released!

This post was last updated on February 1st, 2017

We’re proud to announce the release of our first eBook!

101 Tips to Living in Taiwan


101 Tips to Living in Taiwan is an easy-to-digest guide that teaches the ins and outs of living in Taiwan.

101 Tips to Living in Taiwan will streamline your transition to living in a new and foreign country while inspiring you to get out and explore all that it has to offer. You’ll have more confidence, less stress, and the knowledge you need to make the most out of your time in Taiwan.


How This Book Will Help You


* Get 101 of our best tips for living and traveling in Taiwan 
  • How to save money and take Chinese lessons for free (Tip 34)
  • Where to see a 14-meter wooden ship ceremoniously set ablaze (Tip 80)
  • What it really means when Taiwanese say, “Well maybe you could…” (Tip 50)
  • …and much, much more!
*Additional ‘Fast Facts’ throughout the book make everyday life easier-and more fun!
*Over 40 high-quality photographs give you snapshots of what life in Taiwan really looks like!


Why Trust Us?

Before arriving in Taiwan we knew next to nothing about what to expect. It took us two years of exploring and a lot of deliberate effort, but we finally learned the ins and outs of expat life in Taiwan. Additionally, we’ve been blogging and answering readers’ questions about Taiwan for two years. We know what you want, and need, to know about living and traveling in Taiwan. This is a compilation of those things.


We believe in this resource so much that we are offering it for free.

We truly want you to benefit from our experiences, and the wealth of information we have learned.


All you have to do?




Want to move to Taiwan but just don’t know how? Reach To Teach is one of the only free recruiting agencies in Taiwan that matches qualified teachers to reputable schools. They’ve partnered with us to bring this resource to you, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! 

Not moving to Taiwan? You’ll still benefit from this free eBook. Learn our inside Taiwan travel tips. Discover Taiwan’s unique culture. Find out how to connect with locals all around the world.  Get inspired to test your comfort zone and try something new!

We hope you enjoy 101 Tips to Living in Taiwan! We’ve worked hard to compile the most comprehensive, informative and fun guide to living in Taiwan around. If you enjoy it, please share it! The more the merrier!


Happy Reading (and Travels)!
Dan and Casey


  1. Cool! Just downloaded my copy, looking forward to getting stuck in! Taiwan has called to me for a while, ever since I discovered teaching English as a foreign language as a way to travel in China four years ago. I’d really love to get to know Taiwan eventually…and find out what the people really mean when they say “well maybe you could…”. I’d better get reading!
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    • As I mentioned on twitter, we’re so happy to hear that you are enjoying the book!! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and spread the news :) Let us know if we can answer any additional questions you have! It would be interesting to see the similarities and differences you find between China and Taiwan!

  2. Well done! Very informative. A quick, engaging and easy read. Chock full of really useful information.

    • Thanks for your support!! Glad you found it useful and engaging-that was exactly what we were going for!

  3. Congrats on the launch, guys! We’ve still got a ways to go before we hang up our packs for any stretch of time, but we have already started mulling over places we’d like to return to and possibly live for an extended period and Taiwan is at the top of our list. Not sure if we’d go the teaching English route, though we are open to it, but it sounds like your book is required reading for us! Very excited to dig in and see what insights you’ve gained!
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    • Thanks Steph! Taiwan is a wonderful place to live-I hope that our book will come in handy for you guys! Let us know if we can answer any additional questions you have :) Teaching English has its ups and downs, but overall it has been a really rewarding experience-especially teaching kindergarten!! That said, after two years of it I’m ready to try something new I think. It will be interesting to see how much we end up missing teaching and if we want to pursue it later. Be careful of those bubble teas if you live in Taiwan though-they are so so addicting (as you guys know) and so so unhealthy ;-p

    • Thanks Heather!! I definitely hope you get the chance to come experience Taiwan :) Thanks for your support of the eBook!! Let us know if we can help you in anyway :D

    • So glad we could help you in your time of need ;-p How long will you be in Taiwan for? Do you know where you’ll be?

      • I’m living in Tainan and will be here for a year. Liking the first impressions. Had beef noodle soup in Taipei that was hands-down the best bowl of soup I’ve ever had and even tried the stinky tofu today…decent. Seems like a great place to spend a year!
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        • Sounds great! Tainan is a wonderful city, we really love it there! It gets hot though.. :) Haha I find it interesting you said the stinky tofu was decent!! Good for you!

  4. Enjoying the read thus far. Thought I’d let you know that your information regarding pets in Taiwan is, sadly (for the pets/their owners) outdated. TW is no longer “rabies free.” It’s now classified as rabies-affected (at least in the UK), which will create more problems (but nothing’s impossible) for travelers bringing their fuzzy loved ones in and out of Formosa.

    Just wanted to help you keep that excellent guide current. Keep up the good work!

    • Glad you are enjoying it, and thanks for the comment! I think the news update about rabies might have come out the day after we released the eBook…talk about poor timing! Thanks for taking the time to leave an update on the situation and help anyone who this might affect! We’ll get on revising it to make it current :)

    • Thanks! Definitely include Taiwan on your trip through Asia. A lot of travelers skip it, but Taiwan has a lot to offer! :)

  5. Yet another awesome Japan post I’m bookmarking for my future planned visit to the city :)

    And yes; it takes AT LEAST two years to be able to “live like a local” or to be able, in my mind, to offer anything remotely close to a “what it’s really like to live here” type of book or even a blog post. Too many writers try to cram information into a post after only spending a few weeks or days in a city and it just doesn’t cut it.

    I’m an immersion traveler myself as well, so thanks for the in-depth stuff. I try to spend 3-6 months minimum, but have ended up spending 2-3 years in several spots; Sofia, Bulgaria, now Cancun, Mexico…plan on going back for round 2 in Bogota, Colombia at some point….slow travel is the only way to go :)

    Thanks for sharing you two!
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    • You are so right- two years is a minimum, and even then it is only scraping the surface. I would love to go back and spend more time in Colombia (maybe doing the teaching thing ;-P) and we are thinking about heading to Mexico for a few months in the fall. 3-6 months sounds like a good rule to follow, and must definitely help relieve travel burn-out!

      • Absolutely helps with the whole burn-out thing. I can’t stand trying to rush from place to place, cramming it all in. If I can’t do at least three months, I don’t bother going. It’s why I haven’t hit Belize up despite the fact that it’s right next door…because I can’t stay for more than 1 month without having to bail/come back.
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  6. Thanks for your kind sharing.I am a Chinese who is living in Guangdong province,China. I like hiking and traveling in my spare time .I would like to pay a visit in Taiwan city in near future.

    • Hi Blake! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you make it to Taiwan soon- it is a wonderful place, especially for hiking! :)

  7. Hello,

    I’ve subscribed and signed up for your updates, but how do I actually download the ebook? My wife and I are moving to Taipei next month for ESL! Thanks

    • How exciting! You should have received a confirmation email after signing up. When you click on the confirmation, it should bring you directly to a link to download the ebook. If for some reason you didn’t get the confirmation email then get in touch with us via our contact page and we will email you the book directly :) thanks for signing up!

  8. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you

  9. Love your post! It’s great to read form someone who’s already been through this and knows the essentials about the country. I’m moving to Taiwan in few months and the information you’ve shared is quite helpful. Thank you for sharing!



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