Welcome to The Curious Passport!

I’m Ligaya, a San Diego-based freelance writer covering the intersection of travel, food, culture and wellness. The Curious Passport is my personal travel scrapbook. Here, you’ll find postcards from recent travels, first-person analysis about current food and travel trends, the occasional long form, narrative essay and roundups of my favorite eats and things to do in southern California, Hawaii (where I grew up) and beyond.

More of my travel and food writing can be found around the web and in print including New York Magazine, Lonely Planet, Bon Appétit, Mic, Salt & Wind and more. Head to my Featured page to view recent bylines. And, if you’ve been following my stories (here and elsewhere) for a while and want to help support journalism that celebrates local culture and lesser-known histories, you can now send me a coffee!

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Ligaya Malones at Liberty Public Market at Liberty Station, San Diego, California
Photo by my pal: Alina Mendoza Photography

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Ligaya Malones holds a glass of wine in Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico.
Valle de Guadalupe, Baja, Mexico