Points and miles have gotten us to many places I would never have been able to afford the last two years. We went to Italy and France our first year of marriage and London, Germany, and Austria our second year. While Europe is full of culture and amazing things to see, it still feels a little too comfortable. You can get around by speaking English and there are always lots of American tourists around in the big cities. I’ve spent time mostly in Western Europe, and I’m sure there’s lots of neat places in Eastern Europe, but European culture doesn’t seem unique enough when compared to American culture. Plus, there’s already a lot of bloggers on boardingarea.com that blog about Europe. I’m hoping I can give some input on using points and miles to Asia and interesting trip reports (after I power through my Europe trip report). Not sure, if being Asian will make my advice more credible or not. Anyways, I think we got our fix of Europe and I it’s time for new adventures with points and miles.
I’ve been longing for a trip to Asia for a while now and finally convinced the significant other to agree on a trip. The thing that gets me most excited about Asia, is all the cheap and good food. I love sushi, beef noodle soup, hot pot, dumplings, and boba. Sorry, European food doesn’t really do it for me, although I do love Italian food.
If you know anything about Asia, the weather can be really hot and humid in the summer. Since my wife is a school teacher, we don’t have many other choices besides spring break and winter break. Spring break is too short, so we decided on winter break. I actually found award tickets a couple months ago on Eva Air and Japan Airlines, and we’ll be going to Taiwan and Japan. I’ll get into more details later on. My sister and a friend live in Tokyo, so it’s a good excuse to go. I also have some relatives in Taiwan so I’ll get some free lodging and be spoiled with food.
My plan is to go on a food journey for about 2 weeks in Taiwan/Japan. I’ve seen most of Taiwan, but not too much of Japan. It will be interesting being in cultures where very little English is spoken. My mandarin is pretty rusty, but I can still speak and read semi-fluently. I also studied Japanese for a year, so I’m hoping I can get by.
I’m excited to eat some awesome food in both countries, especially Taiwan. The food is so good and cheap there. I’m craving some Taiwanese hot pot. You can get an awesome hot pot buffet unlimited meat, seafood, vegetables, Taiwan beer, Haagen-Daz ice cream, and more for only $15 USD.
I’m working on a food list right now on restaurants to visit in Taipei, Kyoto, and Tokyo. Can winter come sooner? Where are all my foodies? Anybody have any recommendations?