Growing up in a small town in Canada, space was never an issue. Fields of green as far as the eye could see, 360° views of wide open spaces, and the ocean extending and continuing forever towards the horizon.
Picture perfect, raw, untouched, natural beauty!
Examples of Mother Nature at her best!
Now I lived on a small, densely populated island of Taiwan where finding your own little piece of paradise is basically near impossible to non-existent. However, I have found selcuded, beautiful, almost magicial places where I had my own little piece of heaven. No one around; just me, my husband, and nature.
And I usually sit in silence and just be…Watching the waves crash around the shore, admiring the vast mountain ranges, sitting in the middle of a field surrounded by flowers, enjoying the cooling sensation of the mist from a pounding watefall, watching a breathtaking sunrise or sunset, camping in the middle of nowhere while the shooting stars flash and dart across the sky….
I am proud to be a small town girl. As some say, you can take the girl out of the small town but you can’t take the small town out of the girl. So that is why I may appreciate the simple things in life. I usually see the good in everything. I enjoy life to the fullest and I try to see the positive in everything and everyone. I am eager to try new things but appreciate what I have right now.
Anyway, getting back to the main point of this blog. You can find your own selcuded haven in Taiwan, but is it all about timing and effort.
Weekday Travel: I find weekdays are the best time to explore Taiwan because you don’t have to contend with the weekend crowd. We were lucky enough to spend an entire week (with the exception of Saturday and Sunday) in Kenting and Eastern Taiwan and we found some ‘unchartered waters’ during our stay.
Early Morning Exploration: Also, early morning when everyone else is sleeping is the perfect time to search for your seluded piece of paradise. For example, we traveled to Jibei Island (Penghu) one weekend. During the day, the beach was crowded, but at 5:00 the next morning, we had the beach to ourselves. Not a person in sight, miles of deserted beach and the only footprints in the sand were ours.
Escape the Crowd: Another hint is to take the hard road. This hint primarily applies to hiking; the longer and higher you hike, the harder it gets. Thus, because of the intensity of the terrain and high level of endurance, the number of people willing to partake in such a demanding hike dwindles. Many Taiwanese are unwilling to exert such a large amount of energy, most don’t even venture beyond the parking lot. When I tell my Taiwanese friends of the hikes I have completed or the peaks I have conquered, their response is usually “Wow! That sounds so tiring!”
So there you have it. Some advice from a small town girl on how to seek your own piece of paradise on the very crowded island of Taiwan.
How about you? What is your idea of paradise?
Please note that these photos are true, raw, natural beauty! No filters were used and they have not been alter in anyway!