Re: Cost of leaving
"Also if you thought of going on a bender to Cancun, a flight from Taiwan will cost you 2-3 times more than your friend from SF or London."
Well, if you want to go on holiday to a tropical location and you live in London or San Francisco, you will have to go somewhere else. If you live in Taiwan, you have to drive down from the mountains if you happen to be in them because you're already in a tropical place. Also, does it surprise you that flying to a specific place is more expensive from places that are far from that place? Should I praise Taiwan by saying that it's much cheaper and faster to fly from there to Australia than it would be from the UK, or were you already aware that the halfway-around-the-world principle got you there.
If you live in Taiwan, you'll have different typical holiday locations than if you live in North America or Europe. You always have the choice to go to a much farther destination if you want, but there's a reason it's easier for Europeans to take a holiday in the Mediterranean than for Americans, because it's a lot closer to them. Living in Taiwan opens up the convenient holiday destinations in Asia, and makes those in the Americas, Europe, and Africa more expensive. This ends our geography lesson for today.