Planning our Christmas Vacation to Chicago


I’m taking a risk… a venture into unchartered territory of sorts. This year for Christmas, Alex and I are treating ourselves to a short vacation in Chicago, Illinois. I haven’t been on a true vacation since our honeymoon (aside from a weekend trip here and there to the beach) and I’m longing for a bit of a break from work to get out and explore something new. I went to Chicago after the summer of my eighth grade year but haven’t been back since. Alex has never been. We’ve planned a few must-sees like the Art Institute of Chicago and the Shedd Aquarium but we’re going to play things by ear and open to suggestions for the best pizza, hot dogs, tacos, and coffee downtown.

We’re only taking carry-on bags for our trip so I’m getting creative on ways to save on space and cut down on our time in line at the airport during the busiest travel days of the year. I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately and I’ve decided I’m not taking my DSLR on our trip. I’m going to rely solely on my iPhone for documenting this trip.

So why exactly would I do this? I’ve recently upgraded to the iPhone 6S+ and I’ve found on multiple occasions that it takes better photographs than a point-and-shoot camera. It’s less bulky and more convenient to whip out than a traditional camera. I love how easy it is to edit and manipulate photos without having to download them to another device first. Often times, I feel like I’m hiding behind my giant camera. Using an iPhone feels less intrusive (more secretive) and doesn’t scream “I’m a tourist!!!” as much as my DSLR. I realize I may be giving up a little image quality, especially in low-light conditions, but I want to push myself to create the best images possible using what I have available– to focus on composing and framing an image. Also, I want our main focus on this trip to be on each other. Creating memories and relaxing for once!

I can’t wait to document this trip!