Cycling in Taiwan: Fly N’ Bike Reflection

“It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels.” – Heinz Stucke

No pun intended. It was something similar to the idea expressed in the line above that made me click the link on the StudentUniverse website and apply for a 9-day trip cycling in Taiwan. Even though I thought it sounded like a great opportunity, I have to admit that I was far from even dreaming I would win. I didn’t even know where Taiwan was on the map! My sister convinced me to do it.

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Cycling in Taiwan: Fly N’ Bike Contest

I could not believe it when I received the email that I had won StudentUniverse’s Fly N’ Bike Taiwan contest. Without any hesitation, I accepted! Six months later, I hopped on a thirteen hour flight headed for Taiwan. I had done very little research about the country. Friends told me what to eat while I was there, and that was about all I knew upon arrival! I had no concept of what the cycling would entail. Every moment was a surprise! I experienced a constant sensory overload that I’ve never experienced anywhere else in the world.

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Through the Heart of Asia by Bicycle

StudentUniverse in collaboration with the Taiwan Tourism Bureau offered me the opportunity to travel and bike 900 kilometers around the vast land of Taiwan.  The experience was absolutely mind boggling and so surreal that looking back it only felt like a dream.  Definitely one of the craziest challenges I’ve ever approached. This is a tale of 16 players, 9 cities, and one grand adventure. Read More

Free Trip to Taiwan: Fly n’ Bike Contest

Taiwan is considered by many to be a cyclist’s paradise with its picturesque bike trails through the island-nation’s awe-inspiring scenery. Thanks to extensive funding in the past decade, Taiwan now boasts thousands of miles of bike roads that wrap around the 14,000 square-mile island.
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Isla Formosa – Exploring Taiwan


Isla Formosa: What happens when you leave Taiwan’s “concrete jungle” for the real thing

Taiwan’s west coast is lined with seemingly inescapable, crammed, dirty city. But the country was not formerly called Isla Formosa (Beautiful Island) for nothing! Central and eastern Taiwan host a lush wonderland of mountainous beauty. A couple tourist favorites and Taiwan must-sees are Taroko National Park and Sun Moon Lake. They are fairly simple (but not necessarily quick!) to get to and definitely worth the trip. Read More


Taipei Travel Guide

Taipei claims to be the heart of Asia and truly is the heart of Taiwanese culture. It is a bustling, international city and a great place for foreigners to visit and explore. It is by far the easiest city for getting around in Taiwan, thanks to the MRT subway system, and is quite accommodating to English-speakers. There is plenty to do and see in Taipei, but I’ll use this post to highlight some of the top destinations.
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