A Moon Festival Holiday Weekend in Taiwan

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It seems like Taiwan’s holiday weekends have been on point this year; almost every holiday has been on a Monday or Friday and it’s been fantastic for all who are looking to travel. I originally had plans to head down to Kaoshiung for a friend’s birthday, but unfortunately couldn’t afford the trip. So what did I decide to do? Scootered to Su’ao to camp and barbecue on the beach, then north to Jiaoxi for a nice relaxing day, next I headed to Dali to hike the Caoling Historic Trail and finished my weekend on the beach in Wai’ao. Tough life, huh?

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This was my trip through the mountains on the way down to Su’ao. It was a way that I’d never scootered before and one that I’m so proud of myself for doing. Why? I didn’t really know which way to go besides just heading Southeast and kept getting off track with all the split roads. The coolest part about my trip down to Su’ao was that I’d get somewhat lost and end up finding a few interesting towns along the way.

Every Girl, Everywhere

Every Girl, Everywhere

Every Girl, Everywhere

By the time I made it through the mountains, I was spit out and saw this beautiful scenery! I tend to fall in love with Taiwan all over again when I see landscapes such as these. She is a true beaut!

Every Girl, Everywhere

Every Girl, Everywhere

FUNNY STORY: Finally making it to Su’ao with all my foreign friends, we decided to start the night with a barbecue and setting up our campsite where we normally do. This time we weren’t so smart because the ocean was higher than usual, but we didn’t care and decided to stay anyway, hoping the waves wouldn’t take us. The odds weren’t in our favor that night. We ended up waking up in the middle of the night and moving our tents to higher ground. Our friend’s dog woke up in a fright from the waves crashing down closer and closer to our tents. If it wasn’t for their dog, we would’ve woken up with the fish [icon icon=icon-umbrella size=6px color=#000 ]. Next time we’ll be sure to listen to the old Taiwanese lady who tells us it’s not safe.. maybe. Either way, it was a good night of rock climbing, swimming in the ocean, and sitting by the fire sharing stories of travel and future endeavors.

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It was a rough morning waking up to the baking sun with a hangover and no water, so I headed toward Jiaoxi to relax with the feet-eating-fish (what are those fish called?) I was exhausted from celebrating the full moon and ended up booking a hotel to get away from the monsoon and sun. Probably one of the best ideas I had the whole trip! The next day I woke up and started heading toward Dali, a small town in Taiwan where I would start my hike down the Caoling Historic Trail.

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Every Girl, Everywhere

Every Girl, Everywhere

These stairs almost killed me and of course I picked the perfect time to go hiking; right in the middle of the day when the sun is BLAZING HOTT! Every Girl, Everywhere Every Girl, Everywhere

Every Girl, EverywhereAnd the GIGANTIC spiders around every turn ..

Every Girl, EverywhereBut thankfully I had my straw hat to block the sun rays and spider attacks!

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Every Girl, Everywhere

Every Girl, Everywhere

Every Girl, Everywhere

Every Girl, Everywhere

Every Girl, EverywhereThe majority of everything I did this weekend, I did alone. If you have the chance go on a trip by yourself, I urge you to take advantage of it. It was a good week of reflecting and exercise that allowed me the freedom to do want I wanted with no boundaries.

 

 

What’s more fun than a holiday weekend? Share your travel stories and leave comments below!

 

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Kollin Lephart
Kollin is an avid traveler and entrepreneur. When she's not working as a Marketing Consultant, she's strategizing ways to make Every Girl, Everywhere even better. She's passionate about helping people, traveling and living the best life possible.
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