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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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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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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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While the dictionary defines the Italian concept of “dolce far niente” as “pleasant relaxation in carefree idleness,” its meaning stretches even further: it’s the pleasure of doing nothing. Sound foreign to you? Don’t worry, it did to me too. What do you mean, “do nothing?” We’re busy people. We have things to do, places to be and people to see. How dare those Italians suggest we do nothing? Over the last few years, I’ve started to see the benefits of applying this concept and traveling slower, even if it means missing the sites. Click to read why you should slow travel!

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Almost exactly a year ago, I quit my job without a life plan. I had a round trip ticket to Spain, the idea that I should blog about my travels, and the hope that I’d return with some clarity and a better job. Some of my goals and expectations were met, and others – not so much. But in the end, travel has taught me that the only way to live life is to accept the beauty and anxiety of the unknown. Click to read about my journey and learn how travel can help you in a period of uncertainty!

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