Its true, I moved to Taiwan during the Covid19 pandemic. And it was the best decision of my life.
Life in the UK | Should I stay or should I go?
In 2018, I took my first ever solo trip. Granted, it was only to Ireland, but by the next year, I felt like a seasoned pro and decided that I wanted to take travel to a whole other level.
I started to work towards the idea of travelling much longer term, and discovered a financially viable way would be to travel and make money by teaching English. So, I decided to complete my TEFL qualification and began applying for jobs. But of course, the idea was delayed several times to the point I started putting off the idea altogether. A big part of that was figuring out how I would manage my healthcare, paying medical costs for an autoimmune condition and staying alive with a peanut allergy. Did I even mention I am vegan too? #Bants
Even more so, my role as a Digital Marketer at a university decided to finally raise my salary and make me permanent. It was about time considering they were seriously underpaying me. I decided to celebrate by backpacking Europe over Christmas, and finished drinking my 25th away with new friends I met in Budapest.
But as soon as that plane landed back in Nottingham, I couldn’t have felt more unhappy. I realised that my decision to stay in the UK wasn’t what I wanted, and that saving for a house like everyone else my age, wasn’t something I wanted to do. Maybe my quarter life crisis came as a slightly belated Birthday present, or maybe my dad drilling into me ‘not to buy a house’ from an early age finally came to fruition. Who knows.
So I handed in my notice. Packed up my bags and left on a one way ticket.
Alright, it wasn’t necessarily that easy like every other travel blogger would have you believe. I went back and fourth on the idea as Covid was really taking over China and Italy, and everyone in the UK was still in the ‘chill out, it’s just like a flu’ stage. As someone with a compromised immune system, I was seriously concerned. And the logic behind moving to Taiwan, a country so close to China, seemed like the worst idea. But I researched Taiwans history with SARS and MERS and understood their healthcare system to be one of the best in the world. Had a few cries in my room. Had a few cries on friends. Bought a few masks. Then I handed in my notice and booked a one way flight.
Taiwan and Covid19
And that’s how I arrived in Taiwan, really. And did it pay off? Absolutely. Taiwan set wheels in motion from the start and as a result, we have had under 500 cases of Covid19, and no local infections since April. I’ve been able to work, travel and explore. And most of all, I have been kept safe from the severe risks of Covid19 I was vulnerable to as someone with a compromised immune system. I’m truly truly thankful and fortunate to be able to do any one of those things, let alone, all of them. It’s also made me gain a new perspective on the UK, even after it started to lose its appeal during Brexit.
Travelling the world during Covid19
Politics aside, this is me introducing the start of my story as I plan to travel the world over the next 5 years – Covid19 dependent! I plan to share my advice for others in my position who maybe dream of travelling but feel they have too many restrictions. I also plan to share my photos, and guides for travelling countries solo – stating with the totally underrated, Taiwan. So, if you’re interested in following my adventures, or simply want to ask questions, then make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel, or add me on Instagram.
Stay safe, Lea.