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
26 Aug 2018
I recently stayed in Luye for the first time, to take my kids to the incredible Taitung Hot Air Balloon Festival. I was so impressed that I've written this whole post just for Luye and the Taiwan Hot Air Balloon Festival! read more
Enlightening Journeys in Taiwan, Japan, and Beyond
As seen in
11 Sept 2018
The Alishan National Scenic Area is renowned for its famed Alishan sunrises over seas of clouds, small gauge Alishan Forest Railway, and Taiwan's most sought after teas. read more
19 Sept 2018
Taiwan is one of the best cities in Asia for traveling or living with kids. I also consistently here positive reports from other parents who visited or live in Taiwan with children. read more