Hey! I'm Nick
I first left home with a backpack in 2001, traveled to 50 countries, and I've been living in Taiwan for the last 10 years. I am especially drawn to the religious centers, sacred pilgrimages, and natural wonders of the world.
I'm a 'settled backpacker', published author & photographer, and father of two.
Travel is an awakening...
31 March 2016
When asking which part of Taiwan they should visit on their 1-2 week trip, there is no denying that the east coast boasts a vast, sparsely populated coastline of unparalleled beauty. read more
19 January 2017
For many, "meditation" conjures up images of cave-dwelling ascetics or posh retreats in Bali. But meditation comes in many forms, and doesn't necessarily require isolation or silence. read more
9 March 2016
II've been living in Taiwan for nearly eight years and I've become addicted to all kinds of Taiwanese foods and drinks, but it wasn't until last year that I first developed a true appreciation for Taiwanese tea. read more
27 April 2018
There are already as many “best views of Mount Fuji” LISTS as there are claimed best places to see Mt. Fuji. Personally, I don't think any single one is best, but for this list, I have focused on... read more
21 July 2018
If you are reading this, then I probably don't have to convince you to include a Taipei night market when making your Taipei itinrary. You already know they are a must! read more
30 May 2018
So you've booked your trip to Taiwan, and you've set aside two days for Taipei. Good! Two full days is really the bare minimum you need to squeeze in the best that this mesmerizing, food-obsessed... read more
8 June 2018
Pilgrimage is act of devotion. In many religions, these sacred walks are prescribed, even considered a must in one's lifetime, and followers from all of world's major faiths make holy pilgrimages. read more
Welcome to Spiritual Travels!
Enlightening Your Travels in Taiwan, Japan, and Beyond
5 Aug 2018
The amazing assortment of temples in Chiang Mai, along with the city's bustling markets, mouth-numbingly delicious Lanna cuisine, and easy-going urban atmosphere, are the reason all these tourists... read more