Destination Guides

Here you’ll find country and city guides: what to do and where to eat!

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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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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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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When I first decided to spend the summer in Valencia, I’d planned to use it mostly as a place to work. While that ideology didn’t work out exactly as planned, it did mean that I was able to do almost everything in Valencia I wanted to do, which included dining at a hefty list of restaurants. Therefore, I say with confidence that this post is the ultimate guide to the best restaurants in Valencia, Spain. Pack your eating pants, everyone.

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Paella is the quintessential Valencian dish. Since I was spending my summer in Valencia, I knew I couldn’t leave without learning the tricks of making this world-famous meal. I’d attempted to cook paella a couple of times in Los Angeles and failed miserably, so I was eager to learn the secrets from the masters themselves. Click to read about my experience with La Escuela de Arroces y Paellas Valenciana, and book your class next time you’re in Valencia, Spain!

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While most people associate Valencia with paella, the food scene is much more robust than I could have possibly imagined. Thanks to the ultra-mouthwatering Valencian Treats and Tastes Food Tour I took with Valencia Urban Adventures, I’m (almost) an expert on the various cuisines Valencia has to offer. If you’re planning on visiting Valencia and want to try some of the delicious dishes this city has to offer, I highly recommend you do the Valencian Treats and Tastes food tour. Click to read all about the tour and see photos of all the yummy things I ate!

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