I have been all over the USA and seen some incredible places. Of the states I’ve visited, California has to be one of my favorites. And not just because I’ve lived there! It’s such a diverse place, with everything ranging from beautiful coastline to busy cities. There’s so much to see that I wouldn’t blame anyone for being unsure about where to go. If you only have a week or two to see the sights, it’s a tough choice to decide what to cover. Even with a month or two, you might discover that you’re short on time. If you want to plan a trip through California, here are my top tips for making sound decisions.
Set a Budget
Before you go anywhere, you need to know what you can afford. Planning my budget is my least favorite part of traveling, but I wouldn’t skip it. It helps to know exactly how much I can spend on wherever I’m going. All you need to know at first is how much you’re willing to pay, and then you can work out how far it will get you. Doing some research on prices wherever you’re going will help. In some places, $100 is going to buy you a lot more than in other locations. Some people let their budgets guide them so they can get the most out of their trip.
Choose Your Focus
California is a big place, and there’s a lot to see and do. Deciding on a focus for your trip could be a good idea. Although, if you’re like me, you might want to do a bit of everything! Some people like to choose a central theme for their journey, whether it’s being active or exploring food and drink. If you pick something like this, it can help you decide on the best places to go. Anyone who wants to get out into nature is sure to prefer going to Yosemite over a trip to Los Angeles.
Length of Your Stay
You need to think about how long you want to travel for to help you plan your trip. If you only have a week or so, you might stay in one or two places, or you might do a whirlwind tour of several locations. Similarly, if you have plenty of time to explore, you could spend a few days at each destination or you could get to know some places better. If you want to stay somewhere for a few weeks, an extended-stay hotel is ideal. For example, Sajan Hansji of J Street Hospitality has just sold the Residence Inn San Diego Downtown – Gaslamp Quarter. The hotel is in a great location for anyone wanting to stay in San Diego with access to excellent amenities.
Decide How to Travel
There are several ways you can travel through California on your trip. Many people choose to do a road trip, but you could also travel by rail. And if you want a faster method, flying will get you from A to B in only a few hours. Think about how much time you have before you decide which method of transport to use.
You can see some incredible places in California, whether you’re looking for wine or wilderness. Plan your trip carefully to make the most of your time there.