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  • Little Saigon

    Little Saigon and Tendernob

    Little Saigon and the Tendernob are two Tenderloin neighborhoods that are home to large immigrant populations and some of the best food in the city. Join us as we take you on the only food tour of this district and explore the flavors of Asia, the Middle East, and beyond!
  • The Mission

    The Mission District

    San Francisco's 1st neighborhood, The Mission District is still the heart & soul of this vibrant city. This area is so rich in culture, that we have 4 Mission food tours & 2 neighborhood walks.
  • North Beach

    North Beach

    North Beach is that rare thing -- a neighborhood that manages to be a perennial hit with tourists, and also to remain beloved by San Franciscans. It's San Francisco's Little Italy and the home of the beatniks.
  • Scenic Running

    Scenic Running

    Just a short run from the urban landscape of San Francisco's busy city streets you will find numerous trails and parks offering phenomenal views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the City Skyline and other gems.
  • Chinatown

    Chinatown

    Established in the 1840s, San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia. Our food and walking tours are 2nd to none.
  • Parrots!

    Parrots!

    Wild Parrots in San Francisco? Yes there are officially at least two flocks of wild Parrots here. These Parrots have evolved into a brand new species of parrot indigenous to San Francisco.

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Ways to Stay Relaxed on Your Next Trip to San Francisco

WAYS TO STAY RELAXED ON YOUR NEXT TRIP TO SAN FRANCISCO

Written by Stephanie James

Taking a vacation and leaving work behind can be harder than it sounds. The average American spends more than 40 hours a week working. We work anywhere and everywhere and find it increasingly difficult to switch off. This drive to keep on top of our workload can make it even harder to relax on vacation. As hard as it can be, relaxing on vacation is good for us and can give us a greater drive and enthusiasm for work when we do return to it. Below are some sure-fire ways to unwind and stay relaxed while on vacation.

 

Take a relaxing tour

When we’re visiting somewhere new, it can be tempting to try to see it all and book a tour for every day we are away. Rather than racing around collecting photos for Instagram or show friends and family back home, consider giving yourself some time out. This could be achieved by simply giving yourself a few days off to sit poolside sipping cocktails, or trying a tour that includes spending time in a local spa or having a massage. Deliberately including relaxation days will keep the reason why you headed off on vacation front and center of your mind.

Ocean Beach, San Francisco

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Use your time wisely

If you’re flying to your holiday destination, consider using the time on the plane to unwind and set you up for your vacation. Wear comfortable clothes for your flight, choose a window seat so you can easily rest, drink plenty of water and pack a travel pillow in your carry-on. Many planes now have mindfulness meditation apps available on the inflight entertainment packs, so browse to find something that soothes you. Taking the time to unwind on the plane will have you arriving at your holiday destination calm and ready to enjoy the time away from work.

 

De Young Museum Observation Deck, Golden Gate Park

Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Do not disturb

Before you go, let your clients and colleagues know you’ll be unavailable. Set up automatic out of office replies for email, switch to vacation mode on project management apps and let key people know that you won’t be checking emails or messages for a specified period. Doing so gives you permission to switch off from work and be present on your vacation so you can really relax.

 

De Young Museum Observation Deck, Golden Gate Park

De Young Museum Observation Deck, Golden Gate Park

Schedule reading time

Take a few books you’ve been meaning to read. Or if you’re packing light, load up a kindle or e-reader with some titles you’re keen to consume. Whichever format you choose, reading requires you to sit still, pay close attention and be quiet – the perfect conditions for relaxing. What’s more, reading is very good for you. You can learn something new, increase your emotional intelligence and even prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

With a little preparation and determination, a vacation doesn’t need to leave you frazzled and needing a break when you get back. Take the time to prepare and be mindful to slow down and adopt a relaxed pace while you’re away. You’ll thank yourself for it and return to work feeling refreshed and ready for new challenges.

Enjoy exploring a new place, but don’t get caught too up in the hustle and bustle of visiting a new place. Vacationing is about self-care, so make sure you’re giving your mind and body a rest too.  Now that you know how to stay relaxed during your trip, it’s time to start planning! Visit http://www.exploresanfrancisco.biz/ for the best tours, attractions, and hotels in the San Francisco area.

Written by Stephanie James
Stephanie James is an up and coming freelance blogger and lives in North Carolina. She specializes in Travel-Blogging and other topics, she can be reached here

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This Sunday, come Explore San Francisco and create some wonderful Mother’s Day memories to last a long time.

Take Mom out for a food tour and a cruise on the Bay for only $64!
Choose any of these food tours:

  • North Beach at Night
  • Mission Vegetarian
  • Little Saigon
  • Mission District South (24th Street)
  • The Real Chinatown

Paired with a Bay Cruise on San Francisco Bay!


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“Explore Pride Tours 2012”

 

Pride 2012

Gay owned and operated,Explore San Francisco is pleased to announce Pride Tours 2012. Want to see the city above and beyond the parade, festival and the clubs? We offer the GLBT community tours and sightseeing within our community but outside of the box. Food tours, walking tours, running tours, 1970s Folsom District walk, or even porn studio tours. We accomodate groups and we offer sightseeing with transport provided by van service, SUV or town car. You may find the perfect choice from our regular itinerary or let us create something special for you. Please call the Pride Desk at 415.793.1104 or email pride@exploresf.biz

Scenic Running

Scenic RunningSan Francisco is the perfect city for running, incomparable scenery, varied terrain and mild temperatures. Take one of our scheduled runs or let us lead you on a custom run.

 

North Beach & Chinatown

North Beach & Chinatown at NightThis tour is very social, we have fun and friendships are made. Maybe its the wine or exotic teas, good food, the company or the vibrant area, but if youre looking for a great evening, you cant go wrong with this fun event.This is part of our regular line up, 4 or more and well have a GLBT outing.

 

Neighborhood Tours

Side StreetsSan Francisco, California is one of the most walkable cities in the country. We have walking tours all over the city. Choose from our regular line up of tours, or let us design something for you. 415.793.1104

 

Folsom- Armory

Folsom DistrictRelive the 1970s Miracle Mile and The Folsom District in all of its glory. See just the Folsom or combine this with a tour of the SF Armory, home of Kink.com. Select tours go to Treasure Island MediaUpon Request

 

Upon Request

Anniversary or birthday celebration, Pride Party to never forget, personal milestone, marriage proposal, business proposal, romantic evening or just something new and different. Give us your vision and let us expertly and meticulously make your extraordinary event a lifetime memory. 415.793.1104

Shuttle, Van, Towncar

Shuttle, Van or Town CarANapa, The Russian River, Black Sand Beach, or San Gregorio are all popular GLBT destinations within driving distance. We have transportation for any size group. Please call the Pride Desk for these spots or anywhere else you might like to see! 415.793.110

via “Explore Pride Tours 2012”.

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