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TRAVELOGUE: THE TAIPEI EXCHANGE

Meet the adventure-ready travelers of The Taipei Exchange, a city tour that finishes with a panel discussion and gala dinner connecting women from the U.S., U.K. and Taiwan, comparing cultures and talking business. The ladies from SUITCASE Magazine and The Working Women’s Club got to know a group of local influencers while visiting Taipei, named one of the best cities for women to travel alone.

 

The group traversed Taipei’s historical and modern sights with the guidance of W Insider Sally Pan, indulging in authentic cuisine, trying local beauty treatments, and connecting over their shared love of traveling the world.

The Taipei Exchange group standing together in a line. From left: Wina Chen, Alice Levine, Florence Lu, Madeline Poole, Olivia Lopez, Serena Guen, Phoebe Lovatt, Wei Shuan Chang, Leslie Sun, Musee Wu at W Taipei.
From left: Wina Chen, Alice Levine, Florence Lu, Madeline Poole, Olivia Lopez, Serena Guen, Phoebe Lovatt, Wei Shuan Chang, Leslie Sun, Musee Wu at W Taipei.

EXPLORE

From learning the local tea customs to connecting with designers and business owners around Taipei, the women explored the city like locals.

Serena Guen, founder of SUITCASE magazine, partakes in a traditional incense ceremony at Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple. Alice holds essence sticks.
Serena Guen, founder of SUITCASE magazine, partakes in a traditional incense ceremony at Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple.
British DJ and entrepreneur Alice Levine explores the traditional tea refinery factory, Wang Tea. Alice walks by large containers.
British DJ and entrepreneur Alice Levine explores the traditional tea refinery factory, Wang Tea.
Inside Wang Tea. A collection of tea and signs on wood shelves.
Inside Wang Tea.
Madeline Poole, founder of MP Nails, at a local market. She walks by vendors.
Madeline Poole, founder of MP Nails, at a local market.
Writer Olivia Lopez and W Insider Sally Pan check out local boutique L’amo Firefly. She looks through silky clothes
Writer Olivia Lopez and W Insider Sally Pan check out local boutique L’amo Firefly.
Writer Olivia Lopez and Phoebe Lovatt, founder of The WW Club, explore the burgeoning design scene at Mano. They sit listening to a person talk by assorted clothes.
Writer Olivia Lopez and Phoebe Lovatt, founder of The WW Club, explore the burgeoning design scene at Mano.
women in a mall area Exploring the city of Taipei
Exploring the city.
Inside Mano. A large artistic piece with white wire is focus
Inside Mano.
Alice and Phoebe Lovatt, Founder of The WW Club, at the ceremony. They Observe and hold essence sticks.
Alice and Phoebe Lovatt, Founder of The WW Club, at the ceremony.

INDULGE

The best way to learn about a culture is to experience it, and lucky for the ladies of The Taipei Exchange, beauty, fitness and food are an essential part of city life.

Madeline Poole receiving the hangover cure treatment at Sculptor Barber. She is receiving a hair treatment.
Madeline Poole receiving the hangover cure treatment at Sculptor Barber.
Madeline Poole receiving a nail treatment at Lash Lab.She is smiling at the nail person.
Madeline Poole receiving a nail treatment at Lash Lab.
Close up of painted nails. Blue simple design
A custom design just for Madeline.
IThe ladies and Han Chen, the owner of Mr. Meat, at his restaurant. They all sit at a large table eating, drinking, and laughing.
The ladies and Han Chen, the owner of Mr. Meat, at his restaurant.
Guests sweating at a FUEL workout session at W Taipei
Sweating at a FUEL session at W Taipei.
A various spread of healthy foods at the W Taipei for post-workout
A recharge meal after the workout at W Taipei.
Wok fried prawn asparagus with pickled chili at YEN. Colorful and artistic
Wok fried prawn asparagus with pickled chili at YEN.
Appetizers at the Taipei Exchange Gala Dinner at YEN. colorful and intricate
Appetizers at the Taipei Exchange Gala Dinner at YEN.

CONNECT

Traveling to another country is all about the people we meet. From exploring the city to indulging in the country’s customs to connecting as international working women, it’s no doubt that the dynamic group of women of The Taipei Exchange made new friends and lasting memories.

Personalized gifts for the travelers, including engraved chopsticks, Chinese stamps taking the guest's English names and translating them into unique Chinese names, beauty products, a cook book, small Chinese snacks and more.
Personalized gifts for the travelers, including engraved chopsticks, Chinese stamps taking the guest's English names and translating them into unique Chinese names, beauty products, a cook book, small Chinese snacks and more.
Alice and Serena making cocktails with Ting Chuang (Beverage Manager) Alex Lee (Asst. Manager WOOBAR) and Mike Huang (Mixologist).
Alice and Serena making cocktails with Ting Chuang (Beverage Manager) Alex Lee (Asst. Manager WOOBAR) and Mike Huang (Mixologist).
woman with cocktail shaker making drinks
Serena shaking it up.
Suitcase Magazine and WW Club discussing women and travel at W Taipei.
SUITCASE Magazine and The WW Club discussing women and travel at W Taipei.
The ladies taking questions at the panel discussion.
The ladies taking questions at the panel discussion.
Selfies at the Taipei Exchange panel discussion with two people
Selfies at the Taipei Exchange panel discussion.
One-on-one time with Alice and Wina Chen, Operational Excellence Director at W Taipei.
One-on-one time with Alice and Wina Chen, Operational Excellence Director at W Taipei.
Group photo with all the people involved in the event and panel posing in front of a restaurant

Want more? Get a first-hand account of the unforgettable Taipei Exchange experience with an intimate travel diary from SUITCASE Magazine’s creator, Serena Guen.