Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Taiwan: The Heart of Asia -- So I Took Their Tests
Taiwan Tourism contacted me today and, encouraged me to finish this course.
Somewhere along the line, I had enrolled but, never took the tests.
Awhile back, I was planning a trip to Ishigaki and Iriomote Islands in the south of Okinawa.
Right before, I was ready to pack up and leave, I got hacked.
Credit card and an email account, somehow got compromised. Groan.
Two banks, notified me of suspicious activity. I chopped up the card and ordered a new one.
Well, I was busy and forgot all about Taiwan and the travel professional's school.
All is well now, with the banks and email so, off to the online course, I went.
It's just a little over an hour flight time from Naha, Okinawa. I could handle that.
It's been awhile since, the last time, I visited Taiwan and, that was just the big city, Taipei.
Now, that I've learned some culture, history and geography, I want to see all of the island.
They have stuff like, bears, deer, monkeys and wild boar plus, lots of migratory birds.
Mountains over 12,000 feet, big raging rivers, lots of jungles and, a mild climate.
Heck. It would take me hours, to get to Africa, Hawaii, Mexico or Switzerland !
Should I disappear suddenly, for a week or three, you can probably guess, where I'll be.
This course was an external one, not at the Travel Agent Academy.
But, taking their courses was probably, how I got referred to Taiwan Travel Bureau.
Around the globe, I have been taking travel agent courses, not because I'm a travel agent.
A travel professional, isn't necessarily a travel agent. It's someone involved in the industry.
Writers and photographers, can be travel professionals, too.
Most to my photography and writing, has been about Okinawa. That's my specialty.
But, I like to peek at other countries and, see what they're promoting for the tourism industry.
It gives me ideas, when I see them, promoting whatever is unique, about their location.
Things like, the fastest train, slowest train, tallest mountain and widest river.
Okinawa has the best beer !