I moved to Los Angeles January 2015, with a goal to travel, that didn't happen. I knew I had to make some changes, so January 2016 was my first solo travel to San Francisco. I took an overnight Megabus which only cost me $30 for a round trip. Left LA Thursday night an stayed at the Hi Hostel in Fisherman's Wharf. I chose a hostel not only because it was cheaper than a hotel room, but also because I wanted to meet other travelers from around the world. In addition to staying at a hostel to meet friends, I joined a meet up via CouchSurfing. I met attendees from India, Korea, Seattle, Portland, Harlem NY and London .
The hostel was perfectly located in the Fisherman's Wharf area, which was central to all the restaurants. My first full day in SF was very wet, it rained the entire day. Which was a little refreshing since it barely rains in LA, but it got a little annoying as it made exploring very difficult. I still managed to walk around, the neighborhoods and the Golden Gate Bridge. I visited Painted Ladies, Union Square, Mission District, China Town, and Downtown. I knew San Francisco was gonna be the extremely expensive, but no, I wasn't ready. As a foodie, this was very upsetting especially being on a "backpacker" budget. So instead, I at breakfast at the hostel which was free, and budgeted carefully for the rest of the day. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't impossible either.
Beautiful neighborhood, although crowded. Took public transportation which took about 20 min from Downtown.
I left SF on Sunday, but before I could go, I had brunch with a South African friend who I met the night before. After brunch, I had a few hours to spare before heading back to LA, and the only place I recommended to me that I hadn't gone to was Sutro Baths. It took me about 30-40 min on the bus to get here, and it was worth it. It was a little windy but very sunny which made the walk around the beach very pleasant.
My first meal in SF happened in Fisherman's Wharf. Every local told me to eat some clam chowder, which sounds good. But it is also overwhelming and too creamy in my opinion. So I opted out for the second best thing which was this Calamari vinaigrette salad and it was delicious.
The bridge is accessible through public transportation and only about 25 minutes from the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood. I got there at about 2 pm, and you guessed it, it was very crowded. But crowed with people more interested in taking pictures rather than walk it, until I realized why. I walked it, all 3.4 miles rt of it. It was a very nice day, calming and picturesque. I think this is a great workout, I call it sweating with views.
I enjoyed San Francisco, happy I picked it as my first solo travel destinations. I liked the vibe, the food that I did get to taste, people were extremely nice and public transportation was awesome. I would love to go back to SF, to eat more food, and explore the nightlife. If SF isn't on your list, add it. It's a great place for everybody especially foodies.