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08/06/2010

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California or Bust!
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As American football fans head to California for Super Bowl 50, the strains of this refrain keep ringing through my brain:

"San Francisco! Open your Golden Gate, you'll let no stranger wait, outside your door ..."

Between now and Super Bowl Sunday I will be sharing some insider tips on how to make the most of your stay in the Golden State.

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Top 5 San Francisco Travel Guides
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These are the top 5 best-selling San Francisco Travel Guides on Amazon.com.
This Week’s Top Travel Tip

San Francisco has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the United States, and many of the food and beverage outlets most popular with locals do not take reservations.

The reason is simple: why hold a table for a party that might show up late or not show up at all when you've got paying customers willing to wait in line for a table?

And that line is ALWAYS a good sign! The locals know which restaurants are worth waiting in line for!

So don't be surprised if your request for a reservation is turned down. Show up early and enjoy a glass of wine while you wait. Sometimes it will be on the house (but there's no guarantee).

Click here for more Top Travel Tips: Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips.

Who I Am

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Michael Taylor at the W Resort & Spa in Bali.

Hi! My name is Michael Taylor, I live in Hong Kong, and I'm a self-described Accidental Travel Writer.

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Where I Am Now
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Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai on Hong Kong Island.
I'm in Hong Kong at the moment, taking a vacation from my travels.
What Camera I Use
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Olympus G-4 16 MP Waterproof Digital Tough

I’m tough on cameras, so I chose an Olympus G-4 16 MP Waterproof Digital Tough. Here’s why I like it:

  • It’s easy to use (I'm technologically challenged);
  • It’s shock proof to 7 feet (I’ve already dropped it several times);
  • It’s waterproof to 50 feet;
  • It’s freeze proof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit;
  • It’s crush proof to 220 pounds.

AND it takes pretty good pictures! Best of all, I can slip it in my pocket. No need for a camera case.

Click here to buy it on Amazon: Olympus TG-4 16 MP Waterproof Digital Tough Camera

How to Pack Like a Flight Attendant
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Packing Tips even a Football Fan Can Follow!

Roll, bundle, or fold? Is there a best way to pack?

Click here to watch a cartoon that will teach you How to Pack Like a Flight Attendant!

Where I've Been

What I'm Reading

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What I've Read
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As Japanese troops close in on the ancient imperial city of Peking, the daughter of a retired diplomat is brutally murdered. The case is left unsolved until a footnote in a book attracts the attention of an investigative reporter.

Midnight in Peking is proof that fact really CAN be stranger than fiction.

Read my review of the book here: Midnight in Peking

More Book Reviews

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When I'm not travelling, I like to read. Click on the following links for some of my book reviews:

Coming Events

A highly opinionated list of exciting upcoming events to challenge your mind and your body follows. Click on the pix for complete details.

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Hong Kong Arts Festival - Hong Kong, 19 February - 20 March 2016
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Raiders Fundraising Cruise for a Cause - 18 - 21 March 2016
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TBEX'16 Asia - Manila, Philippines - 13 - 16 October 2016
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Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Ubud, Bali, autumn 2016, dates to be announced.

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