Societea Travel Q&A: Booking London Through and Agent

by TheSocietea on February 2, 2014

“I am considering doing possibly a small group trip to London June/July 2015 and I was wondering if you had any tips. I’m thinking the planning might have to be a little more involved since others are included. I was also wondering if you would suggest getting a travel agent for something like this. I’m open and appreciative to any kind of information you have to offer.”


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Road Trip: San Francisco

by TheSocietea on January 26, 2014

(This is part three of a three part series on taking a 5-day roadtrip through major sites in Northern California including Napa, Yosemite, and San Francisco)


From Mariposa, California to San Francisco is approximately a 4 hour drive. Therefore, I hit the road for the last leg of the road trip at approximately 8am. Which got me to the airport at 1pm to drop off the rental car. In San Francisco, due to the high costs of overnight parking ($20 per night is the cheapest) its best to return the rental car to the airport and rely on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to get around.

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I stayed at Hotel Triton, which is Kimpton property immediately outside of the Chinatown Arch in downtown San Francisco.

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I took in a quick lunch at a sushi spot close by (there are plenty to choose from), and then headed in for  nap. I was beat!

Day #1: After a quick nap, I headed downstairs to the hotel’s manager reception for some wine ;) I mean San Fran isn’t too far from Napa after all. Today, I kept it short and sweet. A walk through Chinatown was all I had in me. But I did come across a neat little find. Off the beaten path off into a little alley was a …..San Francisco 2013 112 San Francisco 2013 111


Fortune Cookie Factory! For $2.50 you can get a bag with regular fortunes or $3.50 for some 21 and up fortunes…hehe. At this point I was pretty hungry so I headed back to the main street. But I made a huge mistake in where I chose to eat. One word of advice, if you see a tour bus pull up, immediately head in the opposite direction. Before selecting where to eat peep in the window and find places where locals are eating. Or ask your hotel for advice.


Day 2: Was much more action packed. I caught a cab to the Golden Gate Bridge. Maybe helpful to take the address to the Golden Gate Bridge visitor center with you. The first cab dropped me off about 1.5 miles from the bridge in a residential neighborhood. Thank God for Uber! San Francisco is where I learned not all cabis are created equal.

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I had a reservation for a night tour of Alcatraz, so I headed to the wharf for some fresh seafood. As a lover of all things crustacean, I was in heaven!

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With a full stomach I headed over to the pier designated for sailings to Alcatraz (you will need to book a tour atleast 2 days in advance).

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Alcatraz has phenomenal views of the San Francisco skyline. It was a great way to end my Cali Road Trip!


Road Trip: Yosemite National Park

January 5, 2014

(This is Part Two of a three part series on taking a 5-day roadtrip through major sites in Northern California including Napa, Yosemite, and San Francisco)   Napa, California to Yosemite National Park has got to be the MOST scenic drive that I have experienced thus far in life. Although I must say that if […]

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Road Trip! Napa Valley

December 29, 2013

(This is Part One of a three part series on taking a 5 day roadtrip through major sites in Northern California including Napa, Yosemite, and San Francisco) It was a nonstop 6-hour flight out of Washington Dulles (IAD) airport to San Francisco, California (SFO). This was my first time flying Virgin America and I was […]

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Societea Travels: 2014 Revealed

December 22, 2013

2013 was a pretty solid year in travel.  As I’ve started pondering  goals for my career, savings, and relationships over the last few weeks; I couldn’t help to mentally begin compiling a list of places that I plan to visit in 2014. The three places selected were inspired by either a part of the world […]

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The 2013 Travel Year Recap

December 15, 2013

As the end of the year approaches, travel plans for the new year have begun to pop up on my radar. But before I get too ahead of myself, I thought I would recap my 2013 travels in commemoration of another year of safe travels and new experiences. The year started in March with industry […]

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Travel + Leisure Magazine Giveaway!!!

December 8, 2013

Travel + Leisure has been one of the industry’s go-to magazine’s for travel information for decades. Featuring information about travel destinations around the world, amazing hotels, and more this magazine is a traveler’s guide to what is current in travel. A year long subscription to the magazine can be yours for showing your support of […]

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Smell, Swirl, Spit…Wine Tasting 101

July 16, 2012

Here’s a crash course in wine tasting with all the S’s that are involved in the process. Step #1: Smell, Swirl, Smell Biologically speaking, if you can’t smell, you aren’t able to taste. Smelling wine is naturally the first step for various reasons. Numero uno, smelling allows you to determine if the wine is okay […]

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“The Taste”: A Signature of Chicago

June 12, 2012

Deep dish pizza, cheese cake, ribs, kabobs, and the list goes on as you stroll through Chicago’s Grant Park during the Taste of Chicago. This yearly event (typically scheduled the last weekend of June and First weekend of July) brings out the ”Windy City’s”  best cuisine. A combination of food stands, cooking demonstrations, and live entertainment […]

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Societea Travels: Nassau Bahamas

May 29, 2012

Top 5 Things to Do In Nassau 1. Conch Fritters at Twin Brothers Restaurant, located at the Fish Fry (Arawak Cay)…they definitely had the “conchiest conch”. 2. Head over to Paradise Island to the Atlantis Marina (about as far as you can get without an Atlantis Day Pass). $10 bucks will get you a roundtrip ferry ride […]

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