Plus Size Travel: San Francisco on a Budget (& solo)!



Every time I take a trip I try to do something adventurous. I’ve gone parasailing in miami, snorkeled with seals in La Jolla and each time that I do something like that I find that I conquer a fear of mine in some way. This year, when I went home for Christmas, I decided to conquer a fear that I’ve had forever– going places by myself. Its hard for me to have a cup of coffee on my own without a book or my laptop in front of me. So when I decided to take a trip to San Francisco on my own… I was beyond nervous.

The first thing I had to do was make sure that I could travel in an affordable way, I did that using two of my favorite discount sites.


Ideeli is primarily a fashion site that sells high end fashion at huge discounts. I love them because not only do they offer brands like Betsey Johnson and Rebecca Minkoff but they do regular “Plus Size Perfection” sales that are phenominal. A few months ago, they had an offering for a gift card. The gift card was worth $100 but I was able to buy it for $50. I used the $100 gift card to book my hotel, so I was able to get 4 days/3 nights in the heart of San Francisco for $200! (This site is for members only, but you can sign up for Ideeli here).


I am a Groupon fanatic! When I’m headed to a new city, I always sign of for groupon deals there. This trip I did something a little different though. I used the Groupon app on my phone and took advantage for “Groupon Now” deals for my meals. Groupon Now uses your GPS location to tell you what restaurants are offer discounts on dinner/drinks at that very moment. When I got hungry, I would see who in my area of San Francisco was offering a deal on lunch/dinner and if it was something I liked, I’d head over. It was a fun way to explore the city and find restaurants I wouldn’t know about otherwise. My favorite meal was at a restaurant called infusion, for $10 I got $20 in food and drinks (their edamame was AMAZING!) after a good meal and a glass of wine, my total was like $24. Score! (join groupon here).

All in all spending a few days in a foreign city was a lot of fun. I think 4 days was the perfect amount of time. Thanks to everyone who gave me tips on where to go via facebook/twitter, I used a lot of your recommendations.

Have YOU ever done a solo vacation?

  • Piper Maria Davenport

    I would love to take a trip! I signed up for both! Thanks for the advice!

    • Anonymous

      They have awesome deals for every city! You’ll find something soon ;-)

  • Kellie Brown

    I haven’t but I really want to!

    • Anonymous

      I was nervous… but I’d do it again in a heartbeat!!

  • Chel650

    Your braver than I am! I wont even go out to eat by myself, let alone take a trip!
    We live in San Fran, we should have had a reader meet-up!
    I LOVE reading your blog-and look forward to tuning in weekly!

    Happy travels!

    • Anonymous

      Awwww next time!! I struggle with doing things solo but each time it gets easier, baby steps… ;-)

  • Katherinesepahi

    It’s the only way I travel– a month in Africa, 2 months backpacking India, 2 years living in the UK without knowing a soul beforehand; Europe, Middle East. Solo travel forces me to be social and meet others while I feel like traveling with someone makes me more insular and can lead to less spontaneous adventuring! Way to go, Cece!! I LOVE SF!

    • Anonymous

      OMG– you’re my hero!!!

  • Amycathcart

    Soooo…maybe you have addressed this before, but I am too embarrassed to ask anyone else, so here goes. Do you have to use a seatbelt extender on the airplane? Some flights I can buckle the seatbelt with no problems, and others, it is just a smidge too short for me. I don’t know of a graceful and discreet way to request an extender if needed. any advice?

  • Lusty Sagittarian

    CeCe! Good for you!

    I went to Turkey and Scotland alone in my 20s. In my 30s I went to Bermuda. The world is waiting to be explored!

    @amycathcart Curious about the seatbelt question…can’t the seatbelt extender be purchased and carried by the person who needs to use it? That’s the impression I was always under. Now that you mention it, I can’t imagine asking a flight attendant.

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  • AlwaysForMe

    Would love to hear more about your travel adventures … even photos perhaps! You go girl!