About Josambro

I’m Joshua Samuel Brown, AKA Josambro. I’m an author, guidebook writer and professional travel consultant based in Taiwan and specializing in travel in Taiwan.

Here’s what you’ll find on my website:

Information about my work as an author 

Vignettes of Taiwan

My first book, Vignettes of Taiwan, was published by Things Asian Press in 2005. I’ve just finished my most recent book, Formosa Moon (also for Things Asian Press); it should be out sometime by the summer of 2018.

I’ve authored and co-authored a dozen other titles, nearly all of them guidebooks for Lonely Planet for exotic locales including Singapore, Belize, Malaysia, China, and of course, Taiwan.

These are just a few of the guidebooks I’ve authored, co-authored or otherwise contributed to:


Among my writing specialties is food, and you’ll find between four and six articles from me in most books from the Lonely Planet World’s Best Food Series, including these fine titles:


To learn more about my work as an Author use the above menu.

Information about my work as a travel journalist 

My specialty is creating deep dive content, spending weeks to months in one destination to create stories and articles that give a fuller picture of a place, its history, and its cast of characters.  Though my current focus is Taiwan, I do occasionally take gigs throughout Asia, specifically in places where my Mandarin proficiency can be put to good use.

In addition to my Lonely Planet work, I’ve written a few hundred articles for magazines, newspapers, websites and trade publications. I’ve provided content to travel websites such as AFAR and Jetsetter from Mexico, Oregon, Taiwan and Norway. An avid cyclist, I’ve also written a dozen or so articles for cycling magazines and publications.

Check out Journalist on the menu above for more.

Information about my work as a travel consultant

Since 2013 I’ve acted as a travel consultant, cultural liaison and guide for both individuals and groups traveling for business and pleasure from China to the USA. I’ve also planned and led two cycling tours of Taiwan, with future cycling tours currently in the works for 2018.

I am currently chief editor of Taiwan Scene, the publishing arm of MyTaiwanTour, a travel company based in Taipei acting as a bridge between Taiwan and the non-Chinese speaking world at large. In addition to writing most of the articles on the site, I act as liaison and consultant for visiting journalists and bloggers. I also create (and occasionally lead) custom designed tours of Taiwan for visitors looking for a truly in-depth travel experience.

Check out Travel Consultant on the menu above
to learn more about what I can do to facilitate your trip around Taiwan.

The Endless More

Authoring books, writing travel articles, editing a website about travel in Taiwan and acting as a travel consultant and liaison are only part of what I do.

I also blog, write political columns, contribute the occasional lighter side of article for humor magazines, write and produce radio comedy, take photographs, do light HTML coding, play piano poorly, conduct strange experiments with food…

Find links to the appropriate output / life experiences on the menu above. If you’re interested in collaborating with me on a future project, drop me a line.


” A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

-Robert A. Heinlein