How I moved to Asia during COVID19

Its true, I moved to Taiwan during the Covid19 pandemic. And it was the best decision of my life.

On top of Xizhi hiking in New Taipei City

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.

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15 Comments

  1. September 6, 2020 / 12:48 pm

    Hi Lea. What do advanced students want to know? I’m doing true stories with idioms and phrases in them. Is there any topics that you’d like cause. My background is adult education.
    Stay safe. Any feedback appreciated.

    • September 15, 2020 / 1:31 am

      Hey, I don’t teach any adults and the most advanced students I teach are teenagers who don’t give me much of a sense of what they enjoy learning about. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

      • September 15, 2020 / 2:50 am

        Thanks Leanne for getting back. Keep the updates coming!

  2. August 16, 2020 / 2:36 pm

    Great post – it’s interesting to hear of someone making this trip during the pandemic ! And also from someone else who is from Nottingham.

  3. August 6, 2020 / 2:32 am

    You have to try Japan and Korea ELS before you decide to return to the UK. Travel is the best education.

  4. pinaymama@sg
    July 26, 2020 / 8:41 am

    What a unique start to the next five years it is! 🙂 Good luck Lea, look forward to reading more of your blog.

  5. July 23, 2020 / 6:25 pm

    You are amazing, I enjoyed watching your short brief and I would like you to visit our beautiful land of the Himalayas – Nepal one day soon, Everest Base Camp Trek – 8 Days

  6. July 23, 2020 / 1:00 pm

    Good for you! I was just looking at Taiwan’s low numbers the other day – so incredible, and sounds like it was such a great choice for you to move 🙂

    • July 26, 2020 / 2:00 am

      I couldn’t be more thankful! Are you currently travelling yourself? Thanks for taking the time out to read my story 🙂

  7. July 17, 2020 / 10:02 am

    Welcome to Taiwan. I bet you enjoy life in Taiwan. Taiwan is amazing.

    Take care & All the best to you!

  8. July 16, 2020 / 2:32 pm

    Studying abroad in Taiwan back in 2013 and living there in 2014 & 2015 were definitely some of the best decisions of my life as well. 👍

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