Around the World, Asia, Taiwan

Hitchhiking for the First Time in Taiwan

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal.”

A routine can be a source of comfort, but it can also be poison to living. That’s why I wanted  to write something from a person who tried new things that we call, adventures.

Masa-san, went to Taiwan for the first time. Not only that, he tried hitchhiking for the first time, he just needed to take of his wallet, he jokingly said.

Where did you get this idea?

A Japanese celebrity has a vehicle is South America, and I considered which country is suitable for hitchhiking.

That’s a good source of inspiration!

Are there challenges you encountered in Taiwan and Australia?

Yes, in the rural areas of Taiwan, not a lot can speak English well. Although my English is not enough, I can communicate with them.

Most Japanese are reserved, why did the celebrity inspire you to go hitchhiking?

Yes, that’s true. I’m very shy, that’s why I wanted to try hitchhiking. It makes me focused on speaking in English. But, it’s hard. I have a signboard for a few hours. It takes 2-3 hours to get a ride. But the good thing is that people are friendly and cooperative.  From the moment I arrived at the airport, I started hitchhiking right away. I went to the car park, but they do not know the concept of hitchhiking. They still helped me anyway.

Did you have any specific itinerary?

No, I didn’t. I stayed there for 3 days and 4 nights but it was a spontaneous trip. It’s unplanned. I don’t book hotels for accommodation in advance. I just booked a flight ticket and that’s it. I did it in the Philippines too. I wanted to go to Vigan so when I was in Manila, I just went to the bus terminal and Pasay and bought a ticket there.

This is just one of the many experiences of Masa-san.
Thank you for sharing this simple trip with us today. It is not easy to try something you’ve never done before but it’s always fun to discover that you like doing it anyway.





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