More travel tips (for beginners)!

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Hello everyone reading this ūüôā

If you’re new here, I have a thing for traveling. Lately I even tried to move to another state…oh and I’m still attempting to move. The truth is no matter how many times you spend packing your bags or at the airport, there is always something new you learn. Here are a few things I’ve picked up these past years.

  1. Checked Bags: As far as domestic flights go, Southwest is the only airline that will allow two FREE checked bags. However, if you are alone and plan on having more bags, it is $75 for the third so you just end up paying the same as another airline.
  2. Frequent Flyer Points:¬†I never knew how simple it was to join a frequent flyer program. I have accounts with both Southwest and Alaska Airlines for FREE. This isn’t the same as a credit card, but I do still get points each time I fly with them. Yes, you can get points from Expedia purchases as well.
  3. Download Your Airlines App: Every airline has an app these days so make sure you have it before you take off. This makes it easier as you can not only have flight information sent to you in case something changes, but you can also check in when the time comes!
  4. Check Your Bags In On Time:¬†I actually didn’t know this because I rarely check bags, but arrive AT LEAST 45 minutes before boarding to check your bags in. I was running late one time and checked my bags in 30 minutes prior to boarding and has a risk of getting them late. Fortunately, it worked out fine this time!
  5. Print Your Boarding Pass: We live in a time where everything is done electronically. As great as it is to have your boarding pass on your phone, I think it is still important to print it as well. Technology lets us down and sometimes we might let ourselves down and drop our phones. Just be safe and have an extra form of a boarding pass on hand.

Have fun on your next adventure! Let me know if you are going on any trip this summer in the comments below!!!

-Suzy [fragile, yet fearless]

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What Those With Mental Illnesses Want You to Know.

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It’s crazy to even have to say this. In a world where some mental and physical illnesses are being ignored, it is so important to get the word out there about serious conditions. It just doesn’t seem fair to stay quiet because of what other people will think or because a subject is taboo. The only way to start accepting things and taking them seriously is by talking about them. By listening and showing compassion. No stranger to mental disorders, I’ve decided to write this post. I’m not ONLY writing this for others struggling, but for people who know someone with an illness and aren’t sure how to react. Here are a few things we’d like you to know.

  1. I don’t want you to relate, I want you to listen.

  2. I’m not expecting sympathy, I’m just tired of being looked at like I’m making it up.

  3. It’s not all in my head. It feels like I’ve lost control of everything.

  4. What I have is a health condition. There is a lot of science that backs it up. I cannot help the chemical imbalances in my brain.

  5. I DO NOT WANT THIS FOR MYSELF. Please, don’t tell me I’m making it up because I WANT something to be wrong with me

I guess everyone deals with mental disorders a bit different. It’s really hard to express yourself when nobody believes you. We understand that you don’t really know how someone feels unless you are in their shoes. This doesn’t mean you can’t just listen and accept the situation for what it is. It was hard for me to accept this at first too, but when I realized there’s nothing I can do to go back and change it… that’s when I knew it was real. Despite the frustration and confusion, I do not and will not ever wish a mental disorder on even my worst enemy.

Thank you for reading,

Suzy [fragile, yet fearless]

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Travel Tips/Apps I like to use.

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If you’ve seen my other blog posts you probably can tell I love to travel. The first time I went traveling on my own I did A LOT of research because it was also my first time booking things on my own. Feel free to look back at my post about traveling on your own. After comparing prices and trying many different websites, here are the things I feel like are the most helpful.

Booking Hotels: 

I love using the app for Expedia when planning a trip. I highly recommend becoming a member as you get point for hotels, flights, and things you book through Expedia. Getting points has allowed me to not only get discounts on hotels, but get a free room as well. The reason I think you should get the app rather then looking directly on the website is because Expedia will give mobile discounts sometimes which can be helpful if you are on a tight budget.

If the hotel route gets a bit pricey, staying at an¬†Airbnb¬†is a great choice as well. It is usually more affordable than a hotel and you get discount if you book for a week or month. The great thing about airbnb’s is that you can have a whole apartment to yourself. This is pretty useful for a long trip as you’ll have a kitchen to use and get more of a home vibe.

Booking Flights:

When booking flights it is always a good idea to compare rates on various apps. Sometime Priceline¬†will have a better rate and sometime Expedia will. Most of the time they have the same rate, but it’s always nice to try. Booking directly through an airline is almost always more expensive. Again, if you use Expedia you can get points for the flight. You can then become a member of the airline and gain points even if you didn’t purchase directly through them. Fun little fact:¬†try to book your flights on Tuesday afternoon (after 3) as prices usually drop.

Navigation:

If you aren’t from a city with much public transportation and are visiting a city with a lot of it, google maps will be your best friend. Google maps will show you when trains, subways, etc. are arriving and if you have service you can track it on your phone to make sure you get off at the right stop. This has been really helpful for me at foreign countries especially. Sometimes the public transportation has it’s own app so that way you can keep better track of where to go. Public Transit is always the most affordable option but if you prefer a car, make sure you have both uber and lyft on your phone.

Planning: 

Once you have the hotel, flights, and transportation figured out its time to keep them organized. I’ve used the app TripIt¬†as a way to keep all my information together. It also has alerts which is nice to get when I have a trip coming up. This is especially helpful if you are booking on various sites since you can keep all the details in one place.

Let me know if you have additional tips and tricks. I’m always looking for more info!

Safe Travels,

Suzy [fragile, yet fearless]

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That one time in Portland.

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A few months ago I went on a trip to Portland, Oregon. Ever since then I’ve been trying to get this blog post up, but I wasn’t able to upload my pictures. Well, the pictures are here now! Being from California we hear a lot about Portland.¬†We get told it’s a city filled with “hipsters” and is super quirky. To be honest, when I first got there I wasn’t that impressed. It was a lot like where I’m from so it wasn’t much of a different experience. However I grew to love certain neighborhoods and now find myself missing Portland a lot. From the beauty of the trees to the most amazing food. Here are a few of my favorite places in the city of weird.

Neighborhood: Alberta

A very artsy and youthful neighborhood with lots to do. Alberta not only has cool murals on the walls, but a couple of the streets are just filled with things to do. There’s small and unique stores for shopping and tasty places to eat at. My favorite spot there is definitely Salt & Straw for ice cream. Don’t pass up this awesome neighborhood if you’re ever near Portland.

Coffee: Cathedral and Dutch Bros

I am not going to lie. For the city that’s supposed to be all about it’s coffee, I was not that impressed. I am quite picky about my coffee and really only like iced drinks to be fair. There were a couple of places I did enjoy though. Cathedral coffeehouse can be found in the St. Johns neighborhood and let me just tell ya…I LOVE the chocolate chip cookies there. The coffee was quite tasty and the decor stood out too. Another coffee house which is a coffee chain is Dutch Bros. Not only is it affordable, but they have lots of unique flavors of coffee as well. It’s hard to get disappointed there.

Scenery: Forest Park and

One of the best things about Portland is that it is pretty much surrounded by trees. That was the first thing I noticed at least. I knew I had to go hiking when I was planning my trip, so I definitely made time for it. I went on a hike around Forest Park. The hike itself isn’t very difficult so you are able to take in the beauty of scenery there. With extremely tall trees I mean who wouldn’t want to break out into an impromptu photoshoot?!

Food:

Okay this part was definitely the BEST part of my trip, haha! The food in this city is brilliant! Pine State Biscuits serves some of the best southern food from a non southern state. Plus side is it’s is also located in my favorite neighborhood, Alberta. One of the places I ate at the most was Grassa. It is a casual pasta cafe. You order then sit, so when you’re ordering do yourself a favor and get the garlic bread. If you’re looking for a small plates option Tasty n Sons. Everything I got from there was delicious! As for dessert, Voodoo donuts is your best bet despite the long line. I’d say it’s worth the hype. Lastly, I can’t forget the food markets. I went to a really small one, but still found some awesome food and fresh drinks. Food markets have to be on your to do list for sure!

I hope this post gives you some ideas if you plan on visiting the city of Portland. If not, I hope it gives you the travelling bug like it did me…oops.

Happy Weekend,

Suzy [fragile, yet fearless]

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Time to get planning!

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My life is a mess to be honest. I myself am a mess sometimes. Im definitely the spur of the moment type of gal. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but as I get more into adulthood I’ve realized I need to sort my life out.

I decided to get a planner. I found this planner off amazon and am so happy to have it. I have a few doctors I see regularly so putting in my appointments in here is going to help me keep track. Also, there is a page for phone numbers so in case my phone ever dies I’ll be good to go. There are a few quotes in this planner as well that I really like. Besides all of that there is a to do list which I think will be quite helpful, since I like to brush things off and have a short attention span. I know I will be getting a lot of use out of this as a phone isn’t always the most reliable source. I’m excited to fill this whole thing up!

Happy Friday!

Suzy [fragile, yet fearless]

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Bucket List 

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A lot of my blog posts consist of traveling as it’s something that I believe gives you the most independence. Traveling is eye opening, thrilling, educational, and simply just fun. Although I’ve gone to a lot of the places I always wanted to visit, there are still a lot of destinations that I haven’t been to. Here’s my bucket list of places I need to visit  (hoping this will push me to do so). 

  1. Brighton (U.K.)
  2. Stockholm (Sweden)
  3. Scotland 
  4. Newcastle (U.K.)
  5. Italy (mainly for the food.haha)
  6. Santorini (Greece)
  7. Spain
  8. Argentina 
  9. Seattle, Washington (USA)
  10. Charleston, SC (USA)

I think that pretty much covers places I MUST go to. Of course I’m hoping to add more to this list once I start checking some of these off. Do you have any recommendations of places I should visit? Have you been to or are you from any of the ones listed above? Let me know!!!


Hope you’re haveing a great Sunday!

-Suzy [Fragile, yet fearless]
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I Love You London!

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After years of obsessing over the U.K. And the English culture, I finally had the chance to visit last year. I always wanted to go to the small towns in England and cities that most international visitors don’t go to. When I ended up in London I didn’t expect to like it much because sometimes a big city is just a big city. After spending some time there I realized I actually realized…
I love London for

Beautiful Architecture

Coffee that’s actually good


Views for days


Afternoon Tea (Obviously)


Sweets (had to bring back with me)!!!


Public transportation that’s actually not bad

And Shopping!!!



I definitely plan on visiting again, but I’ll also be visiting other parts of England too! 
Happy Weekend! 

Suzy [Fragile, yet fearless]


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Solo Travel Tips!

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Not too long ago I posted this blog about my experience traveling alone. Till this day I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever had the privilege to do! I didn’t go out of the country or anything, but being on my own in states I had never been to was absolutely thrilling. Of course, traveling alone can be a bit pricey and scary, but here are some things I did that helped me out! 


Find out how to get everywhere: this is an obvious, but important to figure out before your trip. Getting hotels with shuttles was a life saver for me. Especially if you are by yourself it is pretty safe because there are others using the shuttle as well. 

TIP: In NYC I used the double deckers to get around. It was hop on hop off and it went around most major areas. I just used that as a taxi to get to my destinations. 

Fun Fact: My hotel in Nashville had a shuttle to take me to downtown and back. I also met some awesome people on it. 

Cheap airplane tickets: It has been said that tickets are cheaper on Tuesdays around 3pm. I looked up ticket prices for a while and realized the price difference during this time was in fact true. 

TIP: Sometimes buying airplane tickets one way instead of round trip are actually cheaper. Do search both! 

Pack light: I just took a carry on with me. Being by myself I didn’t want to be dealing with waiting for a checked bag and carrying all of that. 

Fun Fact: I managed to fit 3 pairs of cowboy boots I bought from Nashville in my carry on. (I still don’t know how I did that)
Always let someone know where you are: The world can be a scary place so just be safe and make sure at least one person knows where you are at your location.

Hope this helps any solo travelers out there. Best of luck!!! I had the time of my life. 
Safe travels,

Suzy [Fragile, yet fearless]

Chicago in 48 hours!

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Last September I decided to go to Chicago for 4 days. Unfortunately, due to do the lovely traffic at my lovely city I missed my flight. I had to fly out the next day, but somehow I managed to fit in everything I wanted to do within those two days (flying out early morning on the 3rd day). I had booked two tours ahead of time as a must do. 

First thing when I got there was a night time bike tour. I’m so glad I got this at night or else I definitely would not have made it in time. I took the train from the airport to my hotel and it took forever! So if money isn’t that big of a deal for you, it’s best to just Uber to your place.

Bike Tour!

If you are ever in Chicago, I highly suggest doing this bike tour! I struggled at first remembering how to control the damn bike , but I eventually got a hold of it! This city was perfect for this tour because it’s so beautiful day and night! We pretty much got to see the whole city with this one tour. It took us around to many different places and even to an amazing view by Michigan lake you will see below. The tour was around 2 hours long, so if you are only in Chicago for a short amount of time it’s perfect because it took two hours to see mostly everything I wanted to! 



The Bean/Millenium Park

 The oh so famous bean was only 15 minutes walking distance from my hotel so I decided to walk there the next morning. Walking around this city is great in the mornings because the architecture is so nice! It’s the perfect combination of big city/beach vibes. When I went to see the bean I also got a perfect opportunity for a photo. The photo I took is a panorama photo but it shows just how pretty the city is and why you should walk around it instead of drive everywhere. 


Cubs Game!

I’m not going to lie, the last thing I am is a baseball fan. I grew up watching basketball, but when you’re in Chicago you can’t miss a cubs game at legendary Wrigley Field! The atmosphere around Wrigley was filled with great energy as the Cubs were doing so great last season. Besides being there to watch the game I heard that the hot dogs being served at Wrigley were a must eat… so I did! The reviews were so right because that hot dog was so so good! 

Lake Michigan Tour!

After the bike tour I’m not sure if the Michigan Lake Tour was a must, but after hustling to get there and find the boat it was the perfect scene to just be. It was nice to sit back and relax. Loud music was playing, drinks were being served, and the view was beautiful with even a rainbow popping out for a visit. After the tour, I just hung out around the pier before heading off to the next destination. 


Overall, my trip to Chicago was hectic and a bit  tiring because of everything I had to crunch in from missing that flat! Although I’m really happy I got through everything I wanted to while I was there! I didn’t mention everything I did so that’s mainly why it was exhausting. I did put in the highlights and I’m sure if I just stuck to this list it would’ve been much more laid back! Nonetheless I had a blast and did not think I would’ve liked the city as much as I did. I would definitely revisit at some point! 

Safe Travels! 

-Suzy

Yes, I like traveling alone.

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If there’s one thing in this world that will give you your independence and make you truly feel like a grown up, it is traveling…. by yourself.

When I turned 21 I decided that I needed to enjoy my life more and stop waiting around for others to join in on the fun. So my birthday week came and I jetted off (I just flew but this sounds fancier) to New York City. So what if I was going to be alone? I wasn’t going to let others decide for me when I get to travel to another state.¬†

After a cancelled and delayed flight, I finally made it. Honestly, I was never a New York fan but I guess as long as you’re an American it’s somewhere you need to go. Now, before I got their I was a very socially anxious person so I don’t even know how I managed to go on this trip. However; if there is a city to be alone, it is NYC. Because my flight kept changing I only had a couple of days to fit in everything I wanted to do. I was hopping on and off the double deckers like no tomorrow. I even managed to go to Little Italy and have lunch at a restaurant ALL BY MYSELF. If there’s one thing I learned from this trip it is to pack the right shoes.
After New York I was off to my next destination. A place I like to call home away from home… Nashville, Tennessee.


Unlike New York, Nashville probably isn’t a very common place for people to be hanging out alone. I remember I went to a restaurant by myself and people were being so nice to me because I was sitting there alone. Haha! Although, people seem to be nice there no matter what. Lucky for me during my first night there I met these amazing ladies from Wisconsin. When I tell people this story it seems like it’s out of a tv show. I ended up spending the rest of my trip with them. I got to do things with them that I probably would be scared to do alone. I couldn’t have met nicer people! I still have some funny stories with my time with them that I will not forget. Although they made my trip that much more fun, Nashville is such an incredibly friendly place that even spending time alone there wouldn’t be a problem.

As cliche as this will sound. I do feel like I learned a lot about myself while traveling and gained a lot of independence. I feel like if I can do that than I can do anything. I still have a lot of places I’d like to go to. Some I’ve already gone (not alone) but plenty that I would like to go to ¬†by myself even.

Safe travels,

Suzy ūüôā