All tagged Travel Guide

Exploring Chinatown Like a Local

Chinatown is a confluence of old San Francisco and new. While the neighborhood is one of the most well-known in San Francisco, it's not necessarily the easiest to write about. I live on the edge between Chinatown and Nob Hill and walk through Chinatown on my way to and from work every single day, and I still have trouble with how to tell its story. 

Fall Weekend in Portland

The leaves are colorful and crisp, the coffee is strong and the food is excellent. Portland, Oregon is the perfect weekend escape from SF. A short (usually very affordable) flight, and you're there. The food is cheap, there's no sales tax, and if it's possible the food options are even better than in SF. Food trucks, cool bars and tree-lined streets dominate the city. 

Koh Samui Travel Guide

It takes nearly 24 hours of travel to get from San Francisco to Koh Samui, but every hour is worth it. Think white sand, palm trees and amazing food. The island is perfectly sized for exploring via motorbike, but it's still big enough to get lost. It's the definition of tropical paradise. Hot sunny days with a light breeze, occasional downpours that offer up a perfect excuse for an afternoon nap, and super friendly people. Getting here takes effort, but the payoff was almost immediate. When we pulled up our villa and were greeted with cool wash clothes and iced tea, I felt welcome and immediately relaxed. 

Best Island in Thailand?

White sand beaches, palm trees, turquoise waters and amazing food. Thailand fully lives up to the hype. We spent a week on the island of Koh Samui for our friend's amazing destination wedding. The island really is the perfect size. Not too big, not too small, and packed perfectly with adventures. But, if you're looking for pristine, untouched Thailand you'll have to venture off Koh Samui and into the Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park.

Singapore Travel Guide : Part 1

Singapore is said to be a foodie haven, a modern metropolis, and has one of the highest number of malls per kilometer in the world. The city-state is frequently used as a jumping off point for many Southeast Asian destinations, and our weekend trip was basically an extended layover on our way to Thailand. Once you recover from the 17-hour flight (SFO to Singapore), you'll quickly realize a couple of things:

Travel Essentials : Long Flights

I'm heading off to Singapore and Thailand in just a few short weeks, and I've been researching the internet to death about what to pack for the 17+ hour flight. We're flying straight from SFO to Singapore, which is both great and not so great.

Wanderlust : 5 Steps To Planning The Best Trip Ever

Wanderlust is hitting me hard right now. I'm in the process of planning a big international trip that's less than two months away, and pre-planning another for this winter. I love researching new places and falling into Pinterest holes. I love finding new places to see, and I really like showing up prepared. Whether you're getting away for the weekend, or heading somewhere exotic for a few weeks, I don't think you can ever do too much research.