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Would Anyone Speaking Chinese Be Interested in Free Vacation?
Posted January 24th, 2013 - 4:38 am by from Edmonton, Canada (Permalink)
I'm on a trip around the world and would like to include Taiwan in my itinerary however since I don't speak any Chinese, I feel a little self conscious trying on a country said to have few people speaking international languages. And since I wouldn't even be able to look words I'd see written up, I fear I may find myself rather lost.

So I thought I'd ask if anyone who speaks Chinese and English would be interested in joining me for a trip around Taiwan as an interpreter/guide. I'd pay for all accommodation, transportation and food so if it was of interest to someone, it would be a free vacation for you with all expenses paid for.

I've never asked for anything like this, but then again I've never felt I'd be completely and utterly lost without a guide. If I'm gonna come to Taiwan, it would be in two to three weeks from now. Would anyone be interested in something like this?

Mark

Posted January 24th, 2013 - 5:12 am by from Singapore, Singapore (Permalink)
hi , i had been drive the whole taiwan for 2 month x 8 year,
speaks Chinese and English would be interested in joining u for a trip around Taiwan as an interpreter/guide.i am interested for free all accommodation, transportation and food , it would be a free vacation for me .

Posted January 24th, 2013 - 6:34 am by from Taichung, Taiwan (Permalink)
Mark

I am a local people and know most things about Taiwan.it is very interesting to have wester as a company and I used to be a tour guider before.

Louis

Posted January 24th, 2013 - 3:18 pm by from Taichung, Taiwan (Permalink)
Hello Mark!
All free vacation sounds awesome! but i'd say,traveling alone in Taiwan would be not that much problem as you thought,there's english sign everywhere even sometimes you'll find it hard to understand cuz there's a lot of 'chinglish',but mostly you'll find its easy to travel in Taiwan,and most of people lives in big cities speak english even just a little bit.
and i'd also recommend you hang out with locals CSer to or join our activites know better about the place,i have no problem to be your guide if you ever happen to be in Taichung,im sure so does other CSer.
so dont worry and happy traveling! :)

Posted January 25th, 2013 - 9:21 pm from Markham, Canada
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Posted January 28th, 2013 - 3:27 am by from Johor Bahru, Malaysia (Permalink)
Hi Mark,

I'd travel to Taiwan next month for a few days, if you like can join me for a few days so perhaps you will then grasp an idea how to travel in Taiwan.

I experienced several times travelled to places where the people may not really understand English but I think when you do enough homework to study the details from Internet/English source which you can understand before your travel and ask the local when you encounter a problem, it should be fine.

Good luck =)

Posted January 29th, 2013 - 1:26 pm by from Manchester, England (Permalink)
Hi Mark, I spent 2.5 weeks alone in Taiwan last year, and I met people in the youth hostels, a lot of whom spoke both Chinese and English, and were travelling alone too. Everyone is super friendly out there too :-) Just stay at backpackers hostels etc, and some of the staff will speak English and help you out where they can.

I can recommend:
Sleeping boot backpacker Hostel (NO.73., Jinfeng St., Hualien, City, 970, Taiwan., Hualien, Taiwan 970)
Go to Hualien, and visit Toroko Gorge from there. The guy who runs this hostel speaks very very good English, and he loves to make sure his guests know what they are doing and where to go :-)

In Taipei, I can recommend
Taipei Backpackers Hostel
2F., No.14, Lane 11, Taiyuan Rd., Taipei, Taiwan
Again the member of staff who helped me spoke really good English and helped me a lot with where to go and what to do!

These are just the two I remember that I stayed at...but in each hostel I met travellers from South Korea, Japan, etc...who knew English and for some, their English was better than their Manderin!

Hope this helps. Enjoy your trip. It's one of my favourite places :-)

Posted February 6th, 2013 - 4:14 pm by from San Antonio, United States (Permalink)
If u come to KS, let me know...we can hang out somewhere...see u guys~ Cheers!