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Spiritual Travels, a website by Nick Kembel
Spiritual Travels, a website by Nick Kembel
Nick Kembel, creator of Spiritual Travels

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.

Besides 'spiritual travels', my passions include travel in East Asia, Taiwanese teas, and traveling with kids.  

I'm a 'settled backpacker', published author & photographer, and father of two.  

travel is an awakening...

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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

Tea in Taiwan

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  

Spiritual Travel & Photography by Nick Kembel

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

Best Views of Mt. Fuji

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

Travel Pilgrimages

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30 Sept 2018

Step foot in Ximending Taipei and you could be forgiven for thinking you've been teleported to Japan. That's why people call Ximen, officially the “Ximending Youth Shopping District,” the Shinjuku of Taipei. read more

Things to do in Ximending Taipei

30 Sept 2018

What might seem like a modern trend, knife massage actually goes back well over 2000 years to the Spring and Autumn period, when it was performed by Buddhist monks as an alternative form of healing. read more

Knife massage in Taipei, Taiwan

12 Oct 2018

Wondering where to eat in Ximending, the funkiest neighborhood in Taipei? You've come to the right place! Below I'll cover the best Ximending food, from street eats to proper restaurants... read more

Ximending food

19 Oct 2018

Sun Moon Lake‭, Nantou ‬is Taiwan's largest lake‭ ‬and‭,‬‭ ‬with 6‭ ‬million visitors a year‭, ‬also‭ ‬one of the country's‭ ‬most popular scenic attractions‭, ‬along with Alishan and Taroko Gorge‭‬. read more

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