It’s finally here! Not just our vacation, but also my handy dandy crib notes for getting around once we get there.
Sure, smart phones are awesome, but if you are anything like me you don’t want to spend precious tourist minutes standing on a street corner googling, yelping, or otherwise searching for something to do. Don’t get me wrong – I sometimes DO exactly that, but I won’t be the one standing at the map in the transit station trying to figure out which train gets me where I want to go and whether or not there’s anywhere to eat once I get there! I enjoy spontaneity and the adventure that comes with getting lost in a new place, but I prefer to have some of the basics already worked out. A few years ago, for our four-week backpack trip through Europe, I started pulling my notes together into one dynamic document that I can email and access through my smart phone or my iPad (neither of which I had at the time!), or even the courtesy PC at the hostel. It has proven invaluable for remembering that ONE THING that you didn’t want to forget – like that the tour only accepts cash and the only ATM is in the airport. Or that you have to eat BEFORE you get to the museum because all the diners are closed afterwards. You get the idea – it’s all about self-preservation: not being hungry or too lost and avoiding the little frustrations that come with lack of preparation!
So here’s SF in a nutshell. I include links to website that provide more detail, full addresses when I think I may need to GPS/Navigate to the location, tel#s to call in case I need to cancel or confirm a reservation, and even specific itinerary ideas in case nothing else has enticed us. I also try to indicate when cash is necessary to be sure I have enough handy.
Keep in mind, we arrive in San Francisco around midnight – and being military, we have use of the USO courtesy lounge! Otherwise, I would have opted for an earlier arrival and a budget hotel!USO is 24 hrs with cots and refreshments Mezzanine Level/Terminal 1 map Phone: 650-761-4611 ($donation)
7am Showers at Freshen Up! . 650-877-0798 International Terminal next to Airport Travel Agency. $11/$15 NLT 8:00 BART to meet our carpool driver. ($4/pp)
1 Bed(s) in Male Dorm (8 beds per room)USD 29.99 per pers./night, 06-Apr-12 Fr – 07-Apr-12 Sa = 29.99
Total USD 59.98 (
(extra stuff near hostel)SEAT exhibit on Ft. Mason Museo Italo Americano Fort Mason Center, Building C Tuesdays thru Sundays 12 – 4pm Free Admission
SATURDAY7:30 Breakfast (Free at Hostel) Check out/Baggage storage 8:30 Depart for Alcatraz Tour: transit apx 30 mins walk or F line Tour departs Pier 33 9:30am Pre-purchased tix (hard copy) (
Back to airport for USO and 6am flight! Ask at Hostel – Public transport if we’re broke ($6/pp), shuttle ($14/pp)if we gots $$ left! And there ya have it, Follow along to see how it works out!