Trip report introduction: the trip report that almost didn’t happen

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01. Introduction: the trip report that almost didn’t happen
02. United Airlines A320 economy class San Diego to San Francisco
03. San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
04. United Airlines A320 economy class San Francisco to San Diego

This trip was kind of a big deal to me in a way that you might not expect. No, a weekend trip to San Francisco in United Airlines A320 economy class is not something I’d personally consider a big deal, but that’s just the point. The entire itinerary was so dull that I was convinced that I was not going to even bother writing a trip report for it. I just wanted to go to San Francisco for the weekend, enjoy some time off, and not worry about having to take pics of everything and document the entire process.

Whoa. I haven’t skipped writing a trip report of any of my flights since I started getting serious about this in December 2013, and it felt so odd (and so good) to walk into the airport that morning as a civilian traveler. I felt so free and liberated!

It was a great flight up to SFO that morning, and I felt on top of the world and relaxed as I walked off that plane. Ahh, this is what travel used to be like for me!

But then a funny thing happened. I was standing in line for a rental car, killing time playing with my iPhone, and I realized that without even thinking about it I had shot enough pictures during the trip up to put together a full trip report of that flight if I really wanted to. I wasn’t even thinking about taking pictures, but I guess it’s just a natural habit that the photographer in me can’t resist doing. Interesting lighting in the airport? Take a picture of it! Breakfast while I’m waiting for the flight to board? Take a picture of it! Takeoff from SAN? Take 50 pictures of that! You get the idea.

Anyway, I guess that means I’m writing the trip report.

Let me back up for a second and explain how this weekend trip to San Francisco came to be:

As I mentioned at the top of this post, I felt like I needed a quick weekend getaway sandwiched between my big Taipei trip and a family trip to the Las Vegas area I had coming up in late March. I like to travel at least once every four weeks or so, and there were exactly two months between the time I got back from Taipei and before I would leave for Vegas. That meant that the last weekend of February would be perfect for a quick trip somewhere (preferably somewhere close) to get my travel fix.

Like it happens so often, price was a definite concern and I wanted to do keep costs down as much as possible. That Taiwan trip was really expensive, and the trip with the family coming up in March was starting to add up as well. I definitely needed to be frugal about this. Fortunately, pretty much anywhere on the west coast is cheap from San Diego, so it wasn’t hard to find good deals on any airline to nearly any city for a fair price.

I also felt like I wanted to make this a driving trip (at least partially). I’m a car guy through and through, and nothing makes me happier than hopping in a car and setting off on the open road with the wind in my hair (lol, what hair?) to check out all the places I’ve never been.

With those constraints in mind, I settled on San Francisco. It was easy and quick to get to, very cheap, and I thought it might be fun to cruise Highway 1 down to Monterrey to soak up the sights. No, this is definitely not the most exciting of trips, but being chill and relaxed is exactly the way I wanted it. Taipei was busy. My trip with my family coming up in March would probably be even more busy, so an easy weekend driving through some of the most beautiful scenery in the US was just what I needed.

Here’s the full itinerary:

02/25/17 UA400 economy class San Diego to San Francisco (A320)
02/26/17 UA1900 economy class San Francisco to San Diego (A320)

Since I wasn’t even planning on writing a trip report for this, consider it bonus content. 😃 And because I realize that reading about United A320 economy class (a product I’ve already written about) can be about as exciting as reading the fine print on a box of laundry detergent, I’m going to try and post all of this in a more aggressive schedule than normal. Two posts a week is my goal. I’m going to try as hard as I can to stick to that, but please don’t kill me if it slips a little. Believe me – I want to get through it as fast as possible so that I can get on to more interesting trip reports, which are coming soon!