So this is my first travel guide. I have traveled quite a lot and feel that I have done some of the great things in the places I went, so I hope to share my experiences in order to help you plan your trips.
So as some of you may know from my Snapchat (@EverythingObses) I recently did a little trip in California. We started in San Francisco, so I’m focusing on this city in this post.
Before anything, what you need to know is San Francisco can be expensive, especially when it comes to accommodation. You’re looking at $100 -$150 a night. We stayed in an Airbnb and it was still around $400 for 3 nights. There are some good hostels, I believe, but they book up quickly in summer so I suggest to book your accommodation as far in advance as possible. We stayed in Airbnb a few times on our holiday and it worked really well, you can get a room to yourself or even a whole house /apartment.
I’ll start with some Packing Tips.
- Bring Warmer / Windproof clothes. Unfortunately, you might think California, heat & sunshine. This can be the case some summer days but most of the time in SF it is windy and overcast. I wore jeans and a light jacket the whole time. I’d suggest clothes that you can layer, you might take off / put on your jacket… 15 times in a day.
- Bring Walking / Comfy shoes. Yes, it is true SF is full of hills and you will do A LOT of walking.
- A good Bag / Backpack. As I said in the last point, you will be doing a lot of walking so you will want a little backpack to bring around water /snacks and your extra layers.
- Sunglasses & Sunscreen. You may think, oh well if it’s overcast I won’t be getting any sun. WRONG, the sun comes in and out so you will be whipping those sunglasses on and off just as much as your jacket haha.
Before You Go
Now that you’re packed, a few things you should do before you get there is plan your trip a bit.
- Make sure you have Uber / Lyft downloaded and ready to use.
- Book tickets for whatever attractions you want to go to, before the trip.
- Tentatively plan your days. Some places might not be as close together as you think, so it’s best to plan the bigger things before going.
- Book accommodation as far in advance as you can. There is a whole load of listings on Airbnb that are somewhat reasonable.
- Look on a map to get familiar with the area between your accommodation and the places you want to go to.
Once you’re all packed and make your way to San Francisco airport, it takes 30 minutes to get to the city by train. If you have a lot of bags it would probably be easier to just take an Uber / Lyft.
Now that you’re in SF, here is my Must See list:
Depending on how much time you have will make a difference but we fit so much into 3 days!
This was my absolute favorite thing we did, it costs about $30 pp, but that includes your boat out to the island and a headset tour. There are talks about the history, as well as a multitude of information pamphlets. If you’re interested in this sort of thing you will Love it. Added bonus: Great view of all of SF from the island.
2. Golden Gate bridge
An obvious must-see, but I’d definitely suggest going right to it and walking over it. It’s very scary, but again, you can get a great view of the city. It’s also quite a trek to get to, like 4.2m / 6.7km from Pier 39 (listed below), but it is a beautiful walk – we did it and loved it.
3. Golden Gate Park
Get a bike and cycle around. It’s amazingly beautiful and there is Japanese Garden inside which is definitely worth a visit. (Bike costs around $32 for a few hours – it’s a bit expensive but sooo worth it. It also has a decent size bag /basket in front to put your important stuff in).
4. Moraga Steps / 16th Avenue Tiles Steps
This is a great thing to do – you have to walk up a few steep hills, but the view is amazing! The steps are a perfect insta moment.
5. Pier 39 / Fisherman’s Wharf
Pier 39 is a great place to go for the evening. If you like Sea Lions, there is a huge number of them down here – and they even have their own docs to lay on. There are so many cute shops, places to eat and beautiful views down here as well as an Aquarium.
6. Union Square
This is right in the center of SF and there are plenty of shops, eating places and even some roof-top bars /restaurants.
7. Chinatown / Little Italy
It’s always fun to explore the Chinatown, in whatever city you’re in! I really like the one in SF – there are many street markets and fresh Fruit & Veg shops. Also, I love how all the signs are in Chinese! As well, it then goes into little Italy, where it’s almost like being in a little village in Italy itself.
8. Lombard Street
This is the one thing we actually didn’t get to do. It is a street in SF that is very windy. But I will definitely go see it next time!!
Hope this helps you, if you are headed to San Francisco, Feel free to ask me any questions you might have, you can always reach me on Instagram, Twitter & Snapchat (@EverythingObses) or drop me a comment on here 🙂