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The life of a trailing spouse in Taiwan is vastly different from how my life was in the United States. For starters, I’m not stressed out beyond belief. I actually get to see and spend quality time with my wife. When we were still living in the States, I worked at an automotive shop. Because of how our schedules were set up, I normally wouldn’t see Sam at all from Tuesday through Thursday. I worked every weekend when she was off, so I rarely got to spend any time with her.
Before Moving to Taiwan
- 5 am – Wake up, make coffee, and get ready for work.
- 5:30 am – Put the whole pot of coffee into a giant travel mug and leave for work.
- 6:15 am – Arrive at work and start morning store opening.
- 7 am-4 pm – Help customers and handle problems with other mechanics.
- Lunch would be whenever I actually had the chance to stop and wolf down food.
- 6 pm-6:30 pm – Leave work, usually several hours after the scheduled end of my shift.
- 7 pm – Get back home. Make something for dinner.
- 9:30 pm-10 pm – Sleep
Most days lunch was whenever I could find a few minutes to step out and eat fast. On Thursdays, all of this started at 2:30 am, so I could be at work by 4 am to bring in a new shipment of tires. My days off were minimal, and if a store was short-handed, they would call me up on my days off and send me to other shops.
Life in Taiwan
Now that I’m in Taiwan, my stress is almost nonexistent. I get to focus on working on my YouTube gaming channel, I get to spend time with Sam, and we are closer now than ever before. On a typical day, I help with cleaning the apartment, run errands, and explore the neighborhood. I substitute teach at different branches of Sam’s school when teachers are sick or on vacation. If I’m not subbing, I spend extra time playing video games and working on my YouTube channel, TenaciousTyphlosion.
Shameless plug aside, my days are incredibly peaceful here. Sam and I wake up between 9 am-11 am depending on how late we were up. Before she leaves for work at 1 pm we spend quality time together, grabbing a coffee or getting groceries. While Sam is at work, I take care of most things around the house so we don’t have to worry about that on the weekends. Sam and I make it a point to try and have lunch together at least once a week since work is only a block away from home.
It can be strange changing my life so much in such a short period of time. The shift from working 60+ hours a week to being a stay-at-home husband isn’t always easy. It’s easy to slip into a habit of sitting at home all day. But I’ve always been an avid hobbyist and there’s a brand new city to explore, so boredom is never a problem. The life of a trailing spouse isn’t for everyone, but it works for Sam and me. We’ve never been happier and can’t imagine trying to go back to the way things were.
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