Road Trip Tips
WIFI / SIM cards
The first thing we do on any holiday is to get WIFI. Try to get this sorted out at the airport itself, WIFI shops there cater for tourists and usually have the best deals. We always get 2 WIFI/SIM cards, so that it is easier to communicate with each other.
What works best is to bring 2 spare Android phones with us on holidays to fit the WIFI/SIM cards into, then the whole family is able to hotspot to the shared WIFI. We find that Androids work better than iPhones for hot spotting because they don’t timeout after a while and cut off your connection.
On arrival, we head to a supermarket for a grocery run for essential items: Bottled water, Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower gel, Snacks, Fruits, etc. No point packing shampoo and stuff really, and it’s part of the fun to see what local brands they have and try them out.
Insider Tips to San Francisco
The weather is COLD
No matter what time of the year we visit San Francisco, it’s ALWAYS chilly. So make sure you bring extra layers with you, like a jacket, sweater or a cardigan. Summer in San Francisco is still going to be cold, so be prepared.
Stay at Union Square
It’s just so much more convenient to be able to walk around to the tram stops and take in the beautiful sights of Union Square. Staying near Pier 39 could be another nice option.
Visit Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf
No trip to SF is complete without a visit to these beautiful spots. Spend at least ½ a day here, you won’t regret it.
See the Golden Gate Bridge
There are a few ways to enjoy the Golden Gate Bridge. In previous trips, we’ve also cycled to the bridge, which was really fun too. This time we drove across it because we had the car and we travelled with our kids. Make sure you visit it in any case!