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...
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
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
Enlightening Journeys in Taiwan, Japan, and Beyond
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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
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
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
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