Blizzards Call For Travel Ideas

Getaways, new york city

Stella has me thinking. Blizzard Stella, that is! Unbelievable that in less than a week Spring would officially start (mark your calendars March 20th). Where did the time go? More so, I wonder what we can expect from Mother Nature this spring… another snow storm? Let me not give her any ideas.

If you are a travel addict like I am (there is no cure- not that I’m looking for one). Here are some destinations that you need to visit. Remember there are never enough stamps on your passport! Psst, some of these destinations might not even require a passport just don’t forget your IDs. 

Miami
Downtown_Miami_Panorama_from_the_Rusty_Pelican_photo_D_Ramey_Logan.jpgHop on a plane and poof in just three hours you will be soaking in the rays!

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Speaking of Miami have you thought about Cubahavana-1613263_960_720.jpgIt’s worth the extra hassle and visa fees. Looking to expand your knowledge check out this Buzzfeed article with an intro to your next flight.

cuba-1202440_960_720.jpgSo maybe just maybe you love the cold weather. Here is some inspiration for you too.

Iceland 16932405087_6d2cdee1b0_b.jpgVisit the Blue Lagoon. Don’t forget you have to shower first before entering. Here you can find best of both worlds- cold and surprisingly warm. 16530600699_eb9a432f5c_b.jpgTalking about worlds. Look at those Aurora lights- amazing! Make sure to triple check the weather reports. If you’re lucky you can catch them.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming 

Looking for the ultimate winter wonderland head on to Jackson Hole during the winter. Slashin_(13229908703).jpg

Imagine yourself skiing, snowmobiling and taking in the mesmerizing views.24509859173_f9122de113_b.jpg

There you go- now you have some options for your next vacation. Or you can just spin a globe and randomly point where to go next.

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5 Reasons why (Not) to visit San Francisco 

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Please don’t visit San Francisco you don’t want to see this!

View of the Golden Gate Bridge. Can you spot Karl?

1. San Francisco is the absolute worst.. said no one ever. San Francisco is amazing it’s simply beautiful with it’s Victorian houses and clean streets. Yes, New Yorkers you heard right clean streets! San Francisco is very involved in being eco-friendly. Unlike New York City bags cost ten cents no biggie- it’s a nice way of making you aware of all those unwanted bags. The people are friendly and down to earth. I even learned some phrases such as dude, bummer, and catch my drift. It is a safe city to stroll around with common sense just like in any other big city. One of my lyft drivers told me to avoids City Hall at night, because it becomes into a “The Walking Dead scene” so just keep that in mind. Yes, you’ll see a myriad of homeless people but they are harmless just ignore them. If you feel threatened just call the police (911). I felt completely safe throughout my week stay in San Francisco. Hence I’m here offering my travel tips to you guys.

The famous Painted Ladies 

2. It has nothing to offer. During my week there all I had was places to see and people to meet. The best way to get around was definitely using Lyft and the City Sightseeing Tour bus (the best tour is offered by BB Hayes). Especially if it’s your first time in town. Using the Bart was fairly easy just make sure to insert you’re money first and check you’re stop on the vending machines. Insider tip: when using the Bart your fee depends on what stop you get off. Lyft is available in all of San Francisco and if you’re a first time user you get a sweet deal by getting $10 off your first five rides. But don’t be stopped by those transportation options. There is also the MUNI San Francisco’s bus system, they also have ferries (which I heard are one of the best ways to see the Golden Gate Bridge), taxi service, city bikes, trollies, and cable cars. Or you can just walk those steep hills to get a good work out. Can you feel those buns of steel forming?

img_5354San Francisco’s City Hall  

3. The weather. Enough said the weather has a mind of its own. When Karl( San Francisco’s fog) happens to stroll by it gets much cooler around 50- 65 degrees Fahrenheit. So be sure to bring a sweater, hoodie, scarf, jacket and/ or a windbreaker. I only brought a cardigan and sweater. However, I ended up buying another hoodie because it gets pretty cool in the mornings and nights. I’ve read that this city has Indian Summers so maybe you can rock those sundresses and shorts in September through November. But then again I saw many tourists walking around in both. My tip is to use layers that will definitely save you.

Sausalito’s #1 ice cream spot

4. The food is alright. Lies the food was exquisite. If you are in San Francisco you have to explore the food scene especially the Asian cuisines. I had a blast eating Thai and Chinese food. And if you’re a vegetarian like me you’ll find an array of places to eat at. My favorite Thai place was House of Thai 2 which is relatively close to the Painted Ladies. Check out the best ice cream in Sausalito I wish I had one right now.

The 16th Tiled Stairs 

5. There is only touristy things to do. Yes the Fisherman’s Wharf is fun and all. But here are some cool spots to visit as well. Such as the Golden Gate Park (which is bigger than Central Park) this park is open to the public and contains traditional a Japanese Tea Garden, Bison Paddock (where Bisons chill out man), and the park is right across from Ocean Beach. If you want a unique experience why not visit Japantown it was definitely one of my favorite parts of town. In Japantown you’ll find Dragon’s Breathe a fruity pebbled treat with a smoke effect. But if you’re not in the mood of trying nitrogen fruity balls then check out the shopping scene. You’ll be sure to find something for everyone here from cultural artifacts to food and Sailor Moon makeup kits. Don’t forget to visit places like Cupid’s Arrow for all you lovebirds and newly weds this is the perfect photo opportunity. Or why not get you’re workout mode and walk up Twins Peak, 16th Avenue Tiled Stairs, and Land’s End Trail by Ocean Beach. Don’t forget to take a day trip to Muir Woods and Sausalito, I highly recommend it.

Japantown 

Let’s just say you’ll have too many reasons of why you should visit this lovely city. San Francisco offers the best of both worlds the city life and a more calm way of living. There is no city like this one with all it’s marvelous steep hills and cool folks. Every part of San Francisco is beaming with pride of its uniqueness. So what are you waiting for dude go check out San Francisco! And if you’re in a double decker bus don’t touch those cables above you’re head like one of my tour guides’ said “you’ll have a bummer day dude”.

Look at that view from the Grand View Park