Bay Area dwellers travel like they do everything else—passionately and competitively, with a willingness to go to the ends of the earth. Here are expert tips from four San Francisco traveler personality types.


The Road-Tripper
TaggyLee Mermis Bowers, 34
Oakland; elementary special-education teacher
The Chowhound
Clay McLachlan, 38
Sausalito; food and wine photographer
The Spiritual Seeker
Ami Mehta, 39
South Beach; director of innovation,
Hinduja Group
The Adventurer
Harlow Salvador Newton, 38
Noe Valley; owner, Tico Guide Travel and Buenaventura eco-lodge and retreat; cofounder,