Month: January 2019

Beach Camping

5 Quick Travel Tips for going Abroad

Everyone loves traveling, but some people always seem to have a better time than others. We might assume that they are just generally happier individuals, but this probably isn’t the case. The reason is because they did (or didn’t do) certain activities during their holiday. If you want to make sure that you get 100% out of your next trip, take some advice from these five tips. 1. Don’t Plan…

10 Reasons why Taiwan is your ideal gap year destination.

If you spun a globe and placed your finger on a random spot, or threw a dart at a map to find your future gap year destination, it would likely not land on Taiwan. This is what we call "a missed opportunity". Taiwan is a small ocean-locked region a few hundred miles off the coast of China. It's often confused with Thailand and it's signature dish literally has the word…

Waiao Beach Clean Up TAO

Plastic Pollution: How to Fight in 2019

Beach Clean Ups in Taiwan We held our first beach clean up of 2019 over the weekend in Wai'ao, Taiwan. A beautiful black sand beach with a relaxed vibe, Wai'ao is a perfect summer hideout if you want to escape the city madness. Unfortunately, it's winter, and the beach doesn't get the proper care it might see during peak season. Last year, through TAO events, we cleaned up over 7…

Hiking Huang Di Dian in Taiwan

Taiwan Hiking There’s no better hike to get your blood pumping and calves burning than Huang Di Dian (皇帝殿). Just outside of Taipei, you will explore a fantastic day hike. Start your venture in the quiet town of Shiding climbing an intimidating staircase and high ropes to the seemingly perilous ridges above. This trek is not for the faint of heart, but what good adventure really is? Begin your day…

Hiking Wuliaojian in Taiwan

Taipei Hiking Wuliaojian (五寮尖) is one of the best, most interactive day hikes around Taipei. And for good reason! Start your day climbing steep slopes and up rugged terrain towards the many peaks which give way to a perfect 360 degree panorama. While you take in the views, descend down treacherous ridges. Chance seeing monkeys and other intriguing wildlife along the way as you continue. As you finish, you are…

Hiking Manyueyuan in Taiwan

Taipei Hiking Manyueyuan Forest Recreational Park (滿月圓森林遊樂區) is a beautiful hiking location. Located South of Taipei in Sanxia you can enjoy many trails. Escape the metropolitan lifestyle while diving in to pine forests and waterfalls. Manyueyuan is considered one of the best places to watch the leaves change in Autumn as well as to witness diverse wildlife from butterflies to endemic Rock Macaques. Enjoy the scenery as you take a…

Hiking Yunsen Waterfall in Taiwan

Taipei Hiking Located at the Southern point of Sanxia lies a hidden gem known as Yunsen Waterfall, aka Cloud Heart Waterfall (雲心瀑布). The hike takes place along a steep ridge and leads over rope bridges and boulders to the pristine waters below the falls. Either relax and play in the refreshing pool or climb up above the falls for a spectacular aerial view. While soaking in the refreshing river, enjoy the…

Hiking Yangmingshan in Taipei

Taipei Hiking Yangmingshan (陽明山) is Taipei’s biggest mountain, and may very well be the most diverse outdoor location within Taipei’s city limits. Due to Yangmingshan's unique ecology you will witness steamy hot springs, difficult ascents, and wonderful peaks. There are many trails for you to enjoy, so take your time! The main peak, Qixingshan, is a 2 hour climb with a steep grade for the last kilometer. The forested path is…

Volunteering in Taiwan. The best way to make new friends.

There are probably only a handful of situations where shoveling poop, cleaning cages, or building pens could be labeled as a fun experience, but this past Saturday, everyone at TAO was all smiles. Once a month, TAO works with the PACK Sanctuary, a shelter for over 400 animals needing to be adopted. Tasks often range from painting, to cleaning, and building homes. Saturday was no exception. The PACK is run…