I started this website in 2011, but for many years I only used it as an online profile for my freelance writing work. In early 2018 I began blogging more seriously and prioritizing this website, and since then Spiritual Travels has grown from a few thousand page views to 280,000 per month (as of November 2019).

I regularly contribute both photography and articles to numerous magazines, media outlets, and other travel websites. I have also collaborated with tourism boards, travel agencies, hotels, and more. Feel free to contact me if you have a collaboration request!


Published Books 

Taiwan in the Eyes of a Foreigner (2011) My first published book—7000+ copies sold.
– Read a review of my book here.
– I have written or contributed to more than a dozen educational textbooks in Taiwan.

Magazine Articles

I’m a regular contributor to Travel in Taiwan magazine, published by Taiwan’s National Tourism bureau. Here are a just a few online versions of my articles in the magazine:- Taroko Park theme park in Kaohsiung
Taipei Vegetarian Dining
Tainan 321 Art Alley Settlement
Huwei’s Puppet Theater Heritage

My photography has been featured in Skylife (Turkish Airlines’ in-flight magazine), Travel360 (Air Asia’s in-flight magazine), Delta Sky In-Flight Magazine, and MiceNet Asia, a Singapore-based business travel magazine.

I’ve penned numerous articles for Discover Taipei magazine, with topics on local culture including traditional Chinese lion dancing, baby hair calligraphy brushes, traditional Chinese bookbinding, as well as interviews with Taipei-based artists, craftspeople, and entrepreneurs.

I’ve also contributed several magazine articles and a magazine cover image to Centered on Taipei magazine.


Freelance Writing & Media

– Guest host on the documentary Taipei Uncovered: The Secret Side of Taipei by CNN Travel
– “Ask the Experts” feature on tea for National Geographic Traveller Food (Sept. 2019)
Insider’s Guide to Taipei for CNN Travel
Best Day Trips from Taipei for CNN Travel
15 Local Taipei Tips for Google’s Touring Bird travel tool
Welcome to the Future of Bangkok for Kimpton Boutique Hotels
1 City, 3 Ways: Taipei for Kimpton Boutique Hotels
A Guide to Taipei’s Night Market Scene for Kimpton Boutique Hotels
One Day in Taipei for Kimpton Boutique Hotels
Photo feature in Taiwan News
Zen and the Art of Cha Dao for The News Lens International



Take a Tea Tour on the Trail Less Traveled by AmCham Taipei
– Featured and interviewed on GTV (八大新聞台) News in Taiwan
This year will be the year of teaching in Taiwan for Untold Wanderlust
Nick Kembel: Taiwan Tea-Loving Writer for Life of Taiwan
Writer Wednesday – Meet Nick Kembel for The World As I See It
The Art of Tea in Taipei in 852 Hong Kong Airlines Magazine
Working in Asia: English Teacher to Writer Blogger for TwoCanTravel


Guest Posts

Top 20 Things to Do in Taiwan (For Nature Lovers) for Green Global Travel
Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range for Everything Everywhere
10 Best Chiang Mai Tours: Awesome Temples, Trekking & Food for Two Scots Abroad
– Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in Japan’s Kii Mountain Range for History Fangirl
The Ultimate Guide to Busan, South Korea for Road Affair
10 Awesome Adventure Activities to do in Taiwan for Extreme Nomads
Discover 5 Hidden Spiritual Sites in Taiwan for Backroad Planet
First Time Taipei: The Best Things to See, Do and Eat for Wandertooth
15 Awesome Things to Do in Taipei, Taiwan for Nomadasaurus
25 Incredible Things to Do in Taiwan for Budget Your Trip
52 Reasons You Must Visit Taiwan for 52 Perfect Days
24 Hours in Taipei for Families for Our Globetrotters
Taiwan Travel Tips from a Local to Know Before You Go for The Invisible Tourist
Nantou Taiwan: Temples, Mountains and Picture Perfect Lakes for Journalist on the Run
Taipei Romantic Guide – Things to Do in Taipei For Couples for Lazy Travel Blog
5 Unique Things to Do in Taipei for Nomllers
What to Do in Taipei, Taiwan for Rebecca and the World
What to Eat in Taiwan: 15 Foods You Can’t Miss for Kavey Eats
15 Mouthwatering Busan Food Favorites for 2FoodTrippers


Speeches and Lectures

– 2018: Speaker at National Taipei University “Tea Cultures of the World” lecture series
– 2018: Speaker at Daojiang Senior High School of Nursing and Home Economics, topic “Following Your Dreams”
– 2016: Interviewed on Pop Radio FM91.7 Mandarin radio station in Taiwan with wife Emily
– 2015: Interviewed on ICRT English radio station in Taiwan, topic: “Parenting in Taiwan”
– 2014: Speaker in Mandarin at Taiwan Tourism Bureau event introducing new travel APP
– 2012: Guest Lecturer at Taipei Medical University, topic: “Publishing and Social Media”
– 2004: Speaker at University of Alberta International Week, topic: “The Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Independence Movement”