San Francisco is a city of bicycle riders despite the fact that it’s also a city of crazy steep hills. But if you’re up for some adventurous exploring local-style, one of the best ways to do so is from the seat of a bike because you can cover a lot in one day while also having the luxury of stopping whenever you want. There are even ways you can avoid the steepest of hills, and you’ll gain a better sense of the unique little cultures of San Francisco’s colorful neighborhoods.
In honor of International Women’s Month, we bring you two different stories of fearless females traveling by bus in foreign countries to highlight the unique, eye-opening, and sometimes scary experiences solo women can have on the road. Mostly, these stories remind us that more often than not, the world is full of good and sometimes you can put your apprehension aside because there will be someone to have your back.
On the surface, the city of Sausalito might seem like a standard tourist hot-spot with waterfront eateries, pricey boutiques, and not much else for the traveler who likes to go off the beaten path. But the truth is, if you venture off the main road, you’ll find the places where the locals hang out and the bayside city’s laid-back, artsy character is revealed.
As we’ve mentioned before, San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, which HI San Francisco City Center hostel calls home, is full of underrated beauty beneath its gritty surface. There’s the stunning architecture hidden in plain sight, and then there’s the larger-then-life pieces of art on the sides of tall buildings and in alleyways that turn the city into a giant public gallery.
When Piper Sutherland heard about an opportunity to spend some time in Rwanda learning and volunteering with locals and other travelers, she knew that this was something that she had to do. The only barrier to her plans was a lack of funds to pay for the three-week program with Global Youth Connect in Kigali. But after doing some research it seemed like there were no opportunities for someone like her who was young, wanted to travel with purpose, and was already out of college.
We know that life on the road can be on the pricey side, especially in a city like San Francisco where it seems like there is an endless amount of things to do. Luckily, when you stay at HI San Francisco Downtown Hostel, you know you’re already saving on awesome accommodation (plus that free breakfast!), and you’ve got access to sweet in-house activities, which allow you to experience the city like a local.