Thursday, May 22, 2014


After a couple weeks of looking for cheap flights, I finally sucked it up and booked my flight to Chicago for the first weekend in August! Thank God for Southwest because they will give me a credit for future flights if the price goes down between now and when I leave. They always say to check flights on Tuesday because that is when they offer the best deals but when I checked last Tuesday the flight actually went up $26, so I hurried up and booked before the price got any higher.
Anyways, lets focus on the positive... I'm headed to Chicago for the third summer in a row!! It is honestly one of my favorite places to visit and I'll be staying with my cousin who lives there (hooray for not having to pay for a hotel!). Hopefully I will be able to also have a mini reunion with some of the people I went to Costa Rica with too! On the itinerary are plenty of board games because it wouldn't be a cousins reunion without a couple rounds of the game Clue, but the rest is to be determined. Luckily for me the summer months mean plenty of festivals in Chicago and hopefully I can sneak in some beach time as well. 
One thing I am a little nervous about is this will be the first time ever that I am flying alone. I'm not a good flyer to begin with so this is not something I am looking forward to. But, as discussed previously, this is the year of stepping out of my comfort zone. In the past, if I couldn't find anyone willing to travel with me I just wouldn't go at all. Now I don't feel like I need to rely on anyone and I feel confident planning a trip on my own. I want to learn to make my own memories and take matters into my own hands. Hopefully that confidence sticks with me during take-off!
Either way this fun little trip has me even more excited for summer and it's only increased my desire to travel and see more of the world. Yay for adventures!

Are you going anywhere fun this summer?
Chicago friends, any hot-spot recommendations for me?

Chicago visit in 2012 (with flat Margie in tow).


  1. Ow you're so Lucky to go to Chicago! I hope you'll have a good time!
    Unfortunately, I can't go nowhere this summer... I'll just move through Switzerland where I live... It's better than nothing...

    Have a nice day

    Xoxo Gaelle from

  2. We're going to Chicago sometime this fall too - apparently its the place to be :)

  3. How exciting! I've never been to Chicago, but I have hear such great things!

    Prep on a Budget

  4. Exciting! I'm in he Chicago burbs and I love the city!!! Be sure to grab some Garrett's popcorn while you're here!!

  5. That is so exciting! You will love Chicago!


  6. That's so exciting! I've never been to Chicago, but I've heard it's beautiful in the summertime :) Have a blast Alex!!!

  7. We can be with each other in spirit during our trips this summer! We are both traveling alone! But I am so excited you booked one. Even though it was getting more expensive.

    Love Always,

  8. I'm hoping to travel to Chicago this summer too! I'm hoping my boss will give me my time off (fingers crossed!). Have fun, but I'm sure you will!

    Maggie D. xx


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