In the last decades, Taiwan has transformed into a technologically advanced industrialized country. Portuguese sailors called the island “Formosa”, which literally translates into “beautiful” and they were not wrong. There are, however, significant differences between the highly developed metropolitan areas around Taipei and the east of the island, that is more secluded and mostly uninhabited. The local climate is also unique to its own.
It is advisable to take out a travel cancellation insurance as well as travel health one with repatriation cover before the trip. These usually do not cost a lot, but are an essential purchase, in case something should happen in the run-up or during the trip. A little tip: Before your purchase, you should check whether your credit card provides these insurances already, as these are often included as a bonus. What if there is a case of emergency in Taiwan? In larger cities, clinics and hospitals have European standards, but communication can be a small hurdle, especially in rural areas. As a rule, you would have to pay in advance and later be reimbursed by the insurance. Remember to collect all receipts for submission afterwards.
In Taiwan, the official currency is the New Taiwan Dollar. It is not recommended to exchange beforehand in the US or Europe; the exchange rates are often unfavorable as the Taiwanese dollars must be requested first. A small amount of Euros or USD in cash would be enough to bring and then exchange at the Taiwanese airport. You could also withdraw money with your credit card at an ATM. Before the trip, you should contact your bank to make sure that your cards are not blocked for international transactions or for Taiwan.