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11. Posted by gazelle01 (Budding Member 23 posts) 6y

Quoting Sander

Quoting swalia1980

but is Los Angeles really that bad??????

Yes. It's a grey dump of misery; drive out of it in any direction, and in an hour or two, you'll see the world slowly take on color and realize how bad it was back in the city. It's a major hub, so it's a very common place for people to fly into, but I'd recommend making your way out of it as soon as you can - the rest of California (and the general west of the USA) is much, much nicer.

Don't worry too much about solo travelling. It's the way to go. You can never truly be prepared or plan everything for a RTW trip, but this is part of its beauty. You have some structure, some idea of where you'll be in a couple of weeks, and then you just fill in the gaps as you go along, getting hints and tips from fellow travellers on the road, sometimes deciding to go left or right merely based on which way the wind is blowing. You'll experience and see things you can't even imagine right now, which you'll think back on regularly for the rest of your life. Just ordinary day sights of exotic perfection. Little scenes from the tapestry of life.

The months will be over before you know it, and you'll wish you'd gone for four times as long. :)

second part of this post is beautiful, gave me goosebumps - 7 weeks today i leave! i unlike swahili im not scared one bit - im aprehensive slightly of the unknown and being a single female and all that jazz but i am ready for what ever the world has to throw at me!

PS - have avoided LA! East coast of the states only!

12. Posted by Creative1 (Inactive 6 posts) 6y

Excellent journey, may be you'll find your friends on the way.

13. Posted by emilyemily (Budding Member 82 posts) 6y

Aww- I live in LA and I love it here! You're just jealous of all our 365 days of sunshine and palm trees

14. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

L.A. can be whatever you want it to be.
I found it overdosing on posers, but then so is Paris, Rome and London. It was also a lot of fun. Night time has it's moments of nastiness (as does every city) if you don't know where you are, but on the main drag you'll be fine.
Big city 4,000,000. The actual county of L.A. has something like 10,000,000. More people than New York. I liked the coastline and found the gap from super rich to frightfully poor the most wide ranging I've ever seen.
Lovely in the summer. So hot.
Don't worry about being a solo traveller. Unless you want to be alone, then it will be just about impossible to stay that way.

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