Air Travel: A Petite Woman’s Perspective

There’s another side to air travel that petite women go through. Amidst all the chaos, petite women deal with more B.S. than you can imagine. Thankfully, we also have some “small” wins over you tall peeps.

1. Being mistaken for a child

I don’t know about you, but when I’m at an airport, I’m dressed for comfort. I usually have little to no makeup on, sweatpants, a tee, and sneakers. Nothing indicates that I’m a grown woman, especially my baby face. The last time I flew alone, the attendant asked, “Is anyone else with you?” before looking at my passport to find that I have 25 years in my pocket.

2. Security thinking you have a fake passport

I know security officers are known for cracking jokes, but maaaan do they get a kick out of my age. They never fail to ask “Are you sure you’re not 12?” and “How tall are you?” And you just have to smile with blank eyes because you don’t want to get arrested and miss your flight…

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Visit Dubai in One Day

Have a long layover & only one day to visit Dubai? Surprisingly, you can do so much in one day! Dubai has beautiful spots & breathtaking tourist attractions. Luckily, many of them are located in the heart of the city. You don’t have to waste any of your precious time traveling! Here is the perfect itinerary to make sure you hit all the spots in the heart of Dubai WITHOUT backtracking.


Umm Suqeim Beach


The beautiful sand & water is enough to make you swoon. Umm Suqeim Beach also has the perfect view of Burj Al Arab in the distance! Who wouldn’t want to start off their Dubai trip with this?

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Travel Bags: Invest in These 2 Quality Brands

Travel BagsInvesting in quality travel bags never crossed my mind. I used to grab anything I had in storage and start packing–the night before my flight, of course. Truth is, I only had those travel bags because they were on sale & looked cute. I never cared enough to do my research. I ended up with bags that did nothing more than carry my things, and I knew that travel bags should do more than that.

This past year, I’ve been traveling more than ever. My boyfriend got a job in Seattle this past December (literally on the opposite side of the US from me in Florida). I also recently went on medical leave from pharmacy school, so I finally have time to travel outside the US! (In case you’re wondering, I’m doing better now & will be back in pharmacy school in August 🙂 )

Thankfully, I decided to finally do my research last summer and stumbled upon two amazing brands I now love and trust! I’m so amazed at the quality, appearance, & functionality of their travel bags. I’ve become a loyal fan! So much that I will continue to stalk their websites for new products…

Find my favorite travel bags below & pin this post for future reference!

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Away luggage has a Lifetime Limited Warranty! If that’s not enough to ease your mind, you also get a 100-day trial. After 100 days of use, you can return any luggage with no questions asked AND free US-shipping! (Monogrammed luggage isn’t included in the 100-day trial, but the Lifetime Limited Warranty still applies)

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Pike Place Market in A Day for The Gluten-Free Foodie

Pike Place Market is the highlight of every Seattle vacation. You get to experience the best of Seattle all in one place. And it’s no different for the gluten-free foodie!

After you visit the famous Gum Wall & marketplace, you must try the amazing food Pike Place Market has to offer! (Don’t forget to “catch” them throwing fish at the Pike Place Fish Market!)

Here are the top 3 places I recommend for gluten-free foodies. Perfect for those that only have one day at Pike Place Market. Even if I had 3 days, I’d still go back for more!

Disclaimer: My recommendations are for the gluten intolerant that can handle cross-contamination and may NOT be an option for those with Celiac Disease.


Pike Place Chowder

Pike Place Chowder should be your first foodie stop at Pike Place Market. It serves America’s #1 chowder! Thankfully, it’s also located in the heart of Seattle where they care about food preferences & sensitivities.

They have a vegan & gluten-free chowder: Lime & Coconut Chowder. It tastes amazing, and the best part is that you get to enjoy a Seattle favorite with your friends!

Sorry if I teased you with the lobster sandwich. It’s not gluten-free! (My boyfriend is bread-tolerant & a self-proclaimed dough boy)

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Gluten-Free Seattle Eats (& Drinks) for the Gluten Intolerant

Seattle is one of my favorite cities to visit as a gluten-free foodie. There’s a wide range of gluten-free Seattle restaurants that will bring you back to bread-filled days & fulfill your gluten-full fantasies. Seattle has truly mastered gluten-free–even your bread-tolerant friends won’t taste a difference!

Disclaimer: My recommendations are for the gluten intolerant that can handle cross-contamination and may NOT be an option for those with Celiac Disease.

Gluten-Free Seattle: Breakfast

Gluten-Free Seattle Portage Bay Cafe - French Toast

Portage Bay Cafe

I’m convinced that Portage Bay Cafe is the holy grail of gluten-free breakfasts. You can find Portage Bay Cafe locations all over Seattle. It’s a popular brunch spot for many, including gluten-free foodies!

I could easily make gluten-free pancakes at home, but nothing’s better than eating pancakes with tons of toppings on it. They have an entire bar of unlimited toppings, so you can pile them on your Vegan Banana Pancakes at your heart’s content!

Must try: Gluten-free French Toast. This french toast is just as fluffy as gluten-full french toast, and it’s the only gluten-free french toast I’ve been able to find so far!

Click here to find all the Portage Bay Cafe locations.

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