See You Soon, San Francisco!

July 17, 2013
Good Morning San Francisco

By the time you read this, I’ll likely be en route to the airport or up in the air. My flight to SFO leaves at 07:00 PST and, with a quick layover in Portland (Hello A + J and Kathleen!), I should be in the city by noon.

As most of you know, San Francisco was the only city on my travel bucket list for this year. When I made my final debt repayment, I celebrated by purchasing a round trip ticket (for less than $300, thanks to a credit I had with Alaska Air). I’m only going for 4 nights and 5 days, which may not seem like a long time, but the best part of this trip is that I’m going with no plans.

Seriously, I have no plans. Zero. Zip. None.

I also don’t really have anyone to hangout with. I mean, I’ll see what the Planwise team is up to… but this is basically a solo trip, otherwise. Does that sound terrifying to you? I can’t say that the old me would have been comfortable travelling around by myself for 1 day – let alone 5. But I don’t really know that girl anymore… and this trip is just for me. I want to explore. I want to live in the moment. And I want to write.

Of course, this also aligns with what I said last week about just saying yes to everything that comes my way. Much like my trip to NYC at Christmas, I want to walk around, stop wherever I want, eat and drink whatever looks good and just soak it all up.

So far, the weather forecast looks perfect – not too hot, not too cold. So long as my foot can handle all of the walking I hope to do, I think it’s going to be a great trip. I’ll be back next week with a couple recap posts and a breakdown of what it cost me.

Until then… :)

See you soon, San Francisco!

Flickr: idleformat

  • do or debt July 17, 2013 at 8:48 am

    One word: samovar.

    • Cait July 19, 2013 at 7:38 am

      Thanks for the reco!

  • vanessa July 17, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I live in the Bay Area and SF is across the bay from my house. If you need any pointers of where to eat or go visit please contact me. :)
    Have a great trip


    • Cait July 19, 2013 at 7:38 am

      Thanks, Vanessa! I sent you an email on Wednesday – maybe you didn’t get it, as I haven’t heard back from you.

  • Rob July 17, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Have a great time in San Fran, Cait. Hopefully the weather is cooler there than it is here in TO and all around the east coast. Man is it hot here this week! Looking forward to reading about your adventures in the days ahead.

    • Cait July 19, 2013 at 7:40 am

      It’s much cooler here than there, yes! About 20°C everyday – and it gets REALLY cold at night, with the wind. I was not at all prepared for that. Stay cool!

  • Daniel July 17, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I’m going to Palo Alto this weekend to visit my brother (and baby neice). Any things you recommend checking out?

    • Cait July 19, 2013 at 7:41 am

      I don’t know anything about the area but I do hope you have fun!

  • Girl Meets Debt July 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Have a great time in San Francisco Cait! Can’t wait to hear all about it over dinner when you come back!

    • Cait July 19, 2013 at 7:41 am

      So excited for dinner with you and Cassie!

  • eemusings July 18, 2013 at 6:27 am

    WOOHOO! Happy travels.

    • Cait July 19, 2013 at 7:42 am


  • psychsarah July 18, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Have a wonderful trip! I never much considered solo travel, but you certainly make it sound appealing. Can’t wait for the recaps!

    • Cait July 19, 2013 at 7:43 am

      It’s been great so far – I would highly recommend it!

  • Sara Hamil @ They Call it Gumption July 18, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Have a great time! I hear SanFran is amazing!

    I’m interested to hear about your solo trip. I’ve always wanted to do something like that but have wondered whether or not I’d be able to fill the time and make it all worth it. Let us know how you do!

    • Cait July 19, 2013 at 7:46 am

      It’s a very cool city. Solo trips aren’t always easy! You definitely have to force yourself to go out of your comfort zone. But as long as you’re open to eating alone, talking to anyone, can trust Google Maps to get you places, etc. then you are usually fine. :)

  • Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans July 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I work in San Francisco and the weather is pretty nice, but dress in layers! It can be pretty cold in the mornings/evenings and warm during the day!

    Have fun! You’ll love it!

    • Cait July 19, 2013 at 7:46 am

      I did not know about layers, Lisa! I’m always freezing after 7pm lol.

  • Sam Gill @ Digital Spikes July 19, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Have nice one at SF. Do post your pictures and have fun, Enjoy week end

    • Cait July 19, 2013 at 7:47 am


  • A July 19, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Hope you’re having a great time! I love San Fran. Can’t wait to go back. And actually do touristy things. We were big ol’ tourist fails last time. That’s the problem when you stay with a native of SFO. They don’t do anything tourist-y :]

    The layers thing is also key here in PDX, if you do come to visit! Cold in the morning and takes forever to warm up. Our high temp usually saunters in around 5 p.m. So weird.

    • Cait July 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Good to know! I am seriously like teeth-chattering cold in the evenings here, haha.

      And yea, I’ll admit I’m not doing *too* many touristy things… going for some good walks, but not set on doing any one thing over another. Just trying to take it all in. :)

  • Brian July 21, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Hope you’re having a great time – interested to hear what you got up to. It’s very cool that you went down with no plans whatsoever!

  • Mo' Money Mo' Houses July 22, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Have a great trip! SF is still on my bucket list!