95 Must-Read Books if You Love San Francisco

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Nikita Khrushchev called it the most beautiful city in the United States, while Ashleigh Brilliant noted that “there may not be a heaven, but there is San Francisco.” Anthony Bourdain said that anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to him.

But the best way to sum it up is through Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “San Francisco has only one drawback – it’s hard to leave.” And it’s true!

One of my favorite ways to ‘travel’ without actually buying a plane ticket is to read books about that place. Get wrapped up in a juicy fiction novel, flip through the photos of a coffee table book … heck, you can even get lost on the streets of a tourist guide (hey there, Lonely Planet!) or fill in the blanks of a coloring book. Continue reading

My 2017 Goals & What I learned in 2016

Happy 2017, guys!

I haven’t been making “resolutions” for the past few years because I figured my problems would work themselves out on their own (lol), but there’s something about 2017 that made me want to write up some goals for the new year. Plus, 17 has always been my lucky number – maybe 2017 will be my lucky year?

If you haven’t read my 2016 Year In Review, there’s the link. Let’s see what’s in store for 2017 :)

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San Francisco CityPASS Review: Is it Worth the Price?


Working as a concierge (or if we want to get fancy, Travel Consultant) has its perks. I’ve been invited to go on tours, personally took the Queen of England to Alcatraz, attended fun industry events, and more*. But best of all, I slowly earn the trust of my guests and other locals, who then tell me the  sparklesSecrets of San Francisco.sparkles

I can’t tell you all of them all, but I can let you know about… The San Francisco CityPass!
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2016 Year In Review: the Good, the Bad, and the WTF

9 Countries, 5 Continents, 50,000+ miles – No, this isn’t an episode of The Amazing Race, it’s my Year in Review!

And no, that title is definitely not click-bait. 2016 has been such a WTF year that it deserved to be up there. This year has been the most whirlwind one that I’ve had in a long time, in some ways good and bad. What did I do? Was it that chain email that I didn’t forward 10 years ago? Did I mess up my feng shui by redecorating incorrectly? It’s because I broke my favorite cup – right, Universe??

Whatever it is, 2016 is difficult to sum it up in words: it’s been the most unexpected, toughest, euphoric, and craziest ride that I’ve had in a while – let’s see how I did!

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