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Suitcase And I 🔹 Chelsie 🙋🏽

🌏 Adventure Travel Blogger 🤓 ✈️ 7 continents, 80 countries 👩🏽‍🎓 📍 PARIS 🇫🇷 🔜 ISRAEL 🇮🇱

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Two weeks until Christmas and London is absolutely buzzing! Currently prepping for my trip to @israel over New Years - if you have any recommendations let me know 😄@visit_israel at Sintra, Portugal

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Impressive even on a dreary day! (About 5 minutes after this photo was taken it started storming 😅☔️) . Originally conceived as a lighthouse, the Belém Tower was eventually built as a defensive fortress on the orders of King Manuel I 🏰✨ at Belém Tower

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Is anyone else guilty of getting caught up in the “must see’s” of a city? When I first started travelling my days were often packed from 5am (sunrise shots) to 9pm (at least), with an hour of editing or studying for uni before bed 😴 I am a sucker for FOMO and even if I only had 24 hours in a city, I would insist on cramming in 3 days worth of attractions 😂 Now that I’m based in Europe and have had the opportunity to re-visit some of my favourite destinations I’ve tried to change up how I travel. While I haven’t stopped insisting on 17 hour days (poor @jaydenwithnz and my 5am wake up calls 😂) I’ve made a conscious effort to balance simply exploring, rather than always having a huge itinerary of attractions to tick off. These have become some of my favourite photos, like the everyday charm of the suburban street above 🥰 at Alfama, Lisboa, Portugal

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It’s been a rainy couple of weeks here in Europe but the plus side? Less people outside! We got Praça do Comércio to ourselves at 9am 😆☔️🇵🇹 (I usually hop up before sunrise to get shots of a place as busy as this, so yay for sleep ins 😂😴🙌🏽) at Rua Augusta

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Absolutely love little gems like this 🤓 Ler Devagar is a bookstore/library/cafe that can be found in the super trendy LX Factory district. Surrounded by quirky cafes, tattoo parlours and novelty stores it was originally built in 1864 to manufacture thread and fabric. This is the perfect hideaway on a rainy Lisbon day ☔️📚😌 at LXFactory

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There’s something so unique about Lisbon ✨ From the grungy graffiti covered streets of Bairro Alto, to the sea of red rooftops along Largo das Portas do Sol. The colourful tiles that line the quaint alleyways of Alfama, to the bustling grandeur of Rua Augusta Arch. Both a backpackers dream (did someone say €1.30 pints?!) and a foodies heaven (@timeoutlisboa market 🤤) - this is a city of history and art... with quirky hipster flair. Seriously, @lxfactory gives Shoreditch a run for its money 😝🙈 I’m putting together a list of my favourite spots in Lisbon - do you have any recommendations I should add? 🇵🇹💃🏽 at Lisbon, Portugal

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Europe’s most Instagrammable castle! Link in bio for all the details (and how to get the palace all to yourself 😍) at Sintra, Portugal

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Why the hat??! In 99% of my photos instead of my face, you’ll see a beige hat. The reason? It’s actually changed over time... . (1) 2014 - IDENTITY. When I first started SAI I was working at a firm while finishing my law degree. At that stage my blog was just a hobby that could help me travel during the study exchange I was saving up for. I was concerned about future employers googling my name and not approving (law can be quite a traditional industry!). I didn’t only hide my face, I also wrote under a fake name 😂 2) 2015 - UNCERTAINTY. Despite SAI having a lot success in its first year, I was actually really embarrassed about blogging and what people often say about “Instagrammers”. The hat was my safety net 😋 My mum and best friend were the only people I told about SAI - and I only ended up sharing it on my personal social media when I had no choice (I had won a contract that had me leave home permanently!) 3) 2016 - PHOTO COMPOSITION. As I refined my editing technique I realised the beige hat created contrast (that my dark brown hair couldn’t do!). It started to become the focal point of my photo’s. 4) 2017 - PRACTICALITY. This was the year I travelled full time (often only 4 days in each place). My hat hid my regular bad hair days and because I rarely wear makeup, I didn’t have to put my face in the photos 😜 5) 2018, TODAY. I’m a sucker for sentimentality, the hat has become a staple of SAI. Except now I’ll occasionally throw my face in the mix 🤪😂 . So there you have it, there’s been method to my madness all along 😆 And in case you’re wondering, nope it’s not the same hat - I’ve gone through at least 5 of the same brand/style over the past 4 years 😂 at Palais national de Pena

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I plan a lot of my itineraries around places I discover on @instagram but I find there’s always a risk that the photo’s online won’t always reflect the reality of the destination. The pictures I saw of Pena Palace were so surreal and vibrant that I booked my train to Sintra with some healthy cynicism... but WOW. I can confidently say - Pena Palace was everything I could have dreamt for. The striking colours, detailed tiling and epic views were incredible. So much so that this is my new favourite castle in Europe 🙈 . . The gates don’t open until 10am in winter (trust me I tried earlier 😂) so make sure to buy tickets in advance and get there for 9:15 so you can be first in line. I sprinted up the mountain as soon as it opened and managed to get the castle to myself for a good 15 minutes 😝❤️ . . What’s your favourite castle in Europe? A close second for me is Neuschwanstein in Germany! 🏰👸🏽 at Sintra, Portugal

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YOUTUBE CHANNEL IS NOW LIVE 😝 Link in bio to view my full East African highlights compilation. Check out 01:30 to see the look of absolute horror on my face as my drone uncontrollably flies away 😂😂 (I ended up crash landing it, it was thankfully ok!) . . So, can women travel solo in Africa? I hope this video proves they not only totally can, but also, can simultaneously be their own drone pilot, photographer and go pro videographer😜 #girlpower . . All East African articles are now live on www.suitcaseandi.com 🤓 @tucantravel at Tanzania

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Guess whose launching a YouTube channel tomorrow, watch this space for the link!! 😝🎥🙋🏽‍♀️ . My first video will be a compilation of my highlights of East Africa with @tucantravel 🦁 You can expect dramatic landscape @djimavicpro drone shots, @goprouk action vids from on the road and of course - close ups of the safari animals we encountered 😍 . While I’ve done freelance videography in the past this will be the first time I post the results on my own account 🙈 With three years worth of videos across 80 countries I thought it was about time I shared some footage directly with SAI 😋 at Múlafossur

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Upside of having not much rain during our time in Faroe was that we got to do all the hikes on our itinerary. Downside - Fossa Waterfall was a third of its normal size 😂🤷🏽‍♀️ Check out the location tag to see it in its prime. Where I am standing is usually crashing with water! 💦😆 at Fossá, Faroe Islands

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