Some of you may remember a little project of mine from a couple of years ago called the Portland Untourist. The idea behind it was simple – travel is about more than cursory tours and checking tourist sites off lists (though there’s nothing wrong with traveling like that – I’ll be the first to admit to having a very long bucket list of famous monuments, museums, and places).
If you let it, travel can be a way to live as much as a thing we do. Travel can inspire, transform, enrich, and ultimately open our hearts to the wonder of our shared humanity. And if you regard all of life as a journey, you don’t even have to leave your neighborhood to be a traveler!
So today, I’m pleased to announce that I’m resurrecting the untourist movement, and it seems to me that there are few cities more appropriate for untourist exploration than San Francisco and its environs.
We launch in Spring 2013. Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, I’m gladly accepting submissions for untourist things to do in and around San Francisco.