• Posted:Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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Cheap travel option for Taiwan backpacking
I always say one of the most important things about a great backpacking holiday is cheap travel. It's all very well finding affordable hostels and living off basic rations, but if you have to hand over a fortune to get from A to B your budget adventure can quickly become a pricey excursion.

Those heading to Europe can make the most of an InterRail pass, while I have friends who have successfully navigated the American highways by hitchhiking. And now the Taiwan Railways Administration has come up with a new promotion in order to encourage backpacking.

It is hoping to attract students in particular to make use of the TR-Pass, which allows for cheap travel around the country by train. The move is part of the National Youth Commission's efforts to promote Taiwan as a travel destination, so if you're planning a trip to Asia it could well be worth checking it out.

According to the Taipei Times, it can be bought up to seven days before departure and will be available during the summer months, as the promotion starts on July 1st and finishes about halfway through September.

Meanwhile, Taiwan News notes that the National Youth Commission also offers a rather handy resource for visitors. It has created a Digital Tour Buddy, which is a free mobile phone service that connects users to a 24-hour hotline giving backpackers information about travel and services - something that could come in pretty handy if you find yourself a bit too far off the beaten track!

Now could certainly be a good time to pay a visit to Taiwan, as president Ma Ying-jeou recently decided that a greater focus needs to be placed on tourism - particularly as the risk of war with China has been diminishing.

Sam Buckley
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