I have taken it upon myself to research (and purchase) the very best winter clothes for the other people who are lacking um, winter experience. I actively choose to avoid cold places in the winter but sometimes my wanderlust gets the better of me. I do like saving money and packing lightly (or trying to, anyway) in a carry on although I’m fully aware that packing for cold weather in a carry on can seem like an impossible task.

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I’ve finally learned how to pack for cold weather in a carry on. Read on to find out which items you need to pack for your next winter trip!

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Not only does Malaysia embody the fast-paced and modern development that is so often associated with the region, but it also holds old school charm in quaint ex-colonies and stunning countryside views.
Although I visited Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore on my Geckos Adventures Discover Bangkok to Singapore Tour, Malaysia unexpectedly stole my heart. And if you follow my recommendations, I guarantee you’ll go home and tell all your friends that it is Malaysia that needs to be their next travel destination. While I only spent 6 days in Malaysia, this 10 day Malaysia itinerary offers a slower paced taste of what this glorious country has to offer.

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Never in my wildest dreams did I think that 2016 would bring me a remote job, five weddings, eight countries, and countless friends. I’m in awe of the support that I’ve gotten from my friends, family, and audience. I could never have done any of this without you. I am humbled and I am grateful.

December is always one of my favorite months, because as I look back at all the things I’ve accomplished and adventures I’ve had, I’m reminded that chasing my dreams was not the foolish endeavor I worried it would be. Keep reading to learn more about what I accomplished this year and what’s next in 2017!

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Ever since I first saw Disney’s Tangled #dontjudgeme, I’ve dreamed of attending a lantern festival. I even put it on my bucket list earlier this year. I’d always known that there was a lantern festival in Thailand, but recently discovered that Taiwan has been low-key holding its own lantern festival this whole time! How did I not know this? Keep reading to learn all about the Taiwan Lantern Festival and why you should attend in 2017!

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I’m not going to lie. I’m kind of a bad gift-giver What happens is I so desperately want to make sure that I get an amazing gift that I agonize over it for hours. Type-A problems, am I right?
But a few months ago, I stumbled upon Uncommon Goods and found that their website has some of my favorite gifts for foodie travelers. Check out my picks so you don’t have to be a crappy gift-giver too!

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So many of my parents’ friends like to say “I would never let my daughter travel the way you do.” I understand their worry for their children, but I’ve realized that parents will eventually come to respect you for fighting for what you want. Support from doesn’t mean “without worry.” It means understanding that you need to do you, for your happiness, not theirs. So this is a tribute to my parents: thank you for your support, even when you don’t always agree with me.

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When Geckos Adventures invited me on their Discover Bangkok to Singapore trip, I was a bit worried that I’d be shuffled in a giant group from place to place, following a guide carrying some sort of flag or stuffed animal on a stick.
Luckily, this was not the case. Keep reading to learn who would be a good fit for Geckos (and who wouldn’t be) as well as all the things I loved (and didn’t) on my tour.

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Guys, I made it! Today is my first blogiversary – the anniversary of one year of blogging as an official(ish) travel blogger! Exactly one year ago, I published my first blog post titled “Five Ways to Make Friends While Traveling Solo.” This was not the first post on Passport and Plates – that would be this one. However, I commemorate this day as my blogaversary because it was that post that solidified my commitment to continue to blog beyond my quarter life crisis trip.

Celebrations are in order! I’ve partnered with a couple of my favorite brands to bring some great travel prizes to my readers. These are all products that I personally use on my travels and are must-have items for any traveler. Enter the giveaway now!

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