I did a post for when I was in Korea, and now that I’m back in NJ, settled into my classes, work and internship, I’ll be doing a quick post on Taiwan for now ~ please expect one on Japan after my queue of Japan photos are over with, then maybe one on the hostels and recommendations a little later after ? ~
Honestly given the fact that most of my family resides in Taipei, Taiwan, I really didn’t spend a lot … a lot of my meals were paid for, I always had a place to stay, and occasionally family members would give me spending money ..
Not only that, Taiwan is the cheapest of all three countries I stayed at .. soo—
My family lives in Taipei, but I went to Kaohsiung for a couple of days. I stayed at a hostel that cost roughly 10$ a night for 4 nights. It was clean, the owners were nice and it was close to the subway so not bad considering the price! so basically I spent 40$ on housing.
Taking the metro around Taipei is also pretty cheap. A few years ago, my cousin gave me her old metrocard [for students, with a 25% discount] which I continued to use. Taking the train to and from Kaohsiung was 1500NT roundtrip, then simply getting around places I needed to go probably took me about 500$~1000NT, which I’ll round to a total of 100$ for traveling expenses. I would’ve traveled the country more, but over half the country is literally just mountain with no people :/
Food is su~~uper cheap in Taiwan. I usually went to the local Familymart or 7 for lunch [when alone] and got something quick that cost about 40NT, then later went to the night market and spent 100NT for a relatively large and filling meal/snack/various foods. The great thing about Taiwan is that night markets are open every night, so you can try 2 or 3 things one day, go back some other time and try more things. you can never be bored with what they have to offer ~ all in all I probably spent less than 1500NT, 50$ on food~ that’s also because if I did go into restaurants to eat, my aunts/uncles paid for me— in fact, we once had a superking crab meal that came to a total of 400$+ !! of course there were 5 of us and there were leftovers for several days afterwards, but there are fancier/pricier places available~
miscellaneous like shopping or when i rented a motorbike, random events, haircut, shipping things home, etc. probably cost me about 3000~6000NT = 100$~200$
All in all that adds up to about 400$, but in case I forgot something, I’ll round up to 500$ for 30 days in Taiwan
of course if you’re coming with no family or friends to count on financially— there are hostels available in Taipei for 15~20$/night, probably even less if you dig deeper~, and I actually paid for my own food for 2 weeks of my stay .. so technically staying in Taiwan for 2 weeks could cost less than 500$ while living a pretty decent time~ pretty decent~