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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After spending a week eating my way through Singapore, I was eager to learn how to cook some of the dishes I’d been so enthusiastically consuming. Enter Palate Sensations’ Tourist class. Complete with a a market visit for fresh ingredients and a variety of Singaporean dishes, I left with the knowledge and confidence to cook Singaporean cuisine at home. Click to read about my experience with Palate Sensations, and book your class next time you’re in Singapore!

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My time in Valencia was enchanting. Days were long and busy, yet lived at an easy pace. Nothing I did was extraordinary, but every day I thought “I can’t believe I get to live this life.” So I want to take you to Valencia with me. This is a story of an ordinary summer day in Valencia. Yet, it was a series of ordinary days that, when strung together, resulted in one amazing summer. This is a travel story of 24 hours in Valencia, Spain.

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I knew that my summer in Valencia would go by quickly, especially since I spent three of those weeks traveling outside the city. I had to make my time in Valencia count, and looking back at my photos, I managed to do 99% of all the activities I set out to do in Valencia. I went on a food tour, a street art tour, day trips and even several local events. Therefore, with all my Valencian “expertise,” I present to you the ultimate Valencia travel guide – fondly known as almost everything to do in the city.

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