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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2 November 2018
Quirky Japanese theme park? Cultural-historical oddity? Full-on tourist trap? Awesomely freaky place to spend the night? It's hard to sum up the Xitou Monster Village in just a few words... read more
8 November 2018
If you were to make a list of the top “instagrammable” spots in Taiwan, the Rainbow Village Taichung might just be first on the list. While the colorful walls of this small collection of dilapidated houses... read more
14 November 2018
When most people think of tea in Thailand, they envision sweet, milky, bizarrely orange-colored “Thai iced tea.” But there's more to Thai tea than that. Curious to learn more, I... read more