Ponderings

Thoughts and reflections about life

During my travels, I do my best to interact with locals wherever I go – even if the exchange only happens while I’m haggling for something at the market. Not only is interacting with locals the best way to learn about culture, restaurants and other hidden gems, it also provides a fun way to see stereotyping at its finest. But hey, now I have this list of hilarious things locals have said to me during my travels.

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After quitting my job last summer, I somehow became the resident expert amongst all my friends who were thinking about quitting their jobs. Or at the very least, hated their jobs enough to threaten to quit. When the conversation turned to: “Maybe I’ll just quit my job and travel,” I would stop the discussion. Click to read why I don’t tell people to quit their jobs and travel!

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People often ask me what’s on my bucket list. I love lists, but find a bucket list to be challenging. It’s lifelong to-do list. Of places to go, people to see, and things to experience. The problem is that goals are so fluid. They’re ever-changing, especially for a millennial like me (we can’t make up our minds to save our lives). So this is more of a loose interpretation of a life plan. An incomplete one, because my “complete” list is much longer. Click to read which items (both travel and lifestyle) made it on my ultimate bucket list!

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If I had to summarize 2015 in a single word, it would have to be “courage.” In three words, it would be “courage and happiness.” And of course, lots of travel!

You see, this was the year I witnessed courage everywhere: from friends, strangers, myself, and even from the world at large. It takes courage to do what scares you. It’s officially a new year, and we’re all fresh and energized (or will be in a few hours), and we’re ready to face 2016 with the courage to better ourselves and be happy.

Click to read what brought me courage and happiness in 2015 and cheers to many great memories in 2016!

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I’ve been eager to write this post since Time published “The Me, Me, Me Generation,” an op-ed labeling millennials as lazy and entitled – especially in the workplace (although they do redeem themselves by claiming that we’re the generation that will “save them all.” I’m the first to readily admit that my generation (myself included) is deeply flawed. However, I speak for myself and others when I say that perhaps part of the problem is corporate America, and not us millennials. Dear Corporate America is a brief letter from a traveling millennial on work satisfaction, flexibility, autonomy and beyond.

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The story behind this blog is somewhat long-winded and complicated. It all started when I graduated from college, and spent a good few years trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I was in a quarter-life crisis in every sense of the word. Read this somewhat personal post about how I channeled a quarter-life crisis into creating Passport & Plates, and what I’ve learned so far.

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