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1. Posted by traveller123456 (Inactive 4 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!


I have about a month where I could visit California on my own. I'm thinking about San Fran and San Diego, but generally keeping the plan open. A friend said I'd probably need to rent a car, and that there are no hostels.

My questions:

- if there are no hostels - is it be easy to meet people?
- is renting a car for 1 month expensive?

Thanks in advance!

2. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 285 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Your friend appears to be misinformed. A Google search for hostels in San Francisco and San Diego turned up multiple locations, and includes ratings by credible travel websites.

I would research a bit before deciding on an action plan. Note that SF and SD both have excellent municipal transit and light rail options.

3. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

"... Is California solo worth it?..."

That's a question only you can answer. Can one of the most diverse/complicated/vibrant/interesting states in the USA be worth your travel time for a month? Your call...


4. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Is California solo worth it?

Are you kidding me? California (anywhere along the coast), Miami, New York, Dallas, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas are the easiest spots in the country to meet people. In particular, in California I'd recommend San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Davis as the easiest spots of all. (Just think college towns or beach towns and you'll do fine).

Also for those slightly older (25-40), wineries and hiking spots are good places to meet outgoing people. It is also possible to meet people at sporting events, amusement parks, and doing outdoor activities (go-kart racing, sailboats, golfing, etc.)

I personally met my wife in Huntington Beach and had former girlfriends I met in a few of the other towns I've mentioned. Even when a long-term connection wasn't made, I still met great people for a nice day at many of those places.

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Jul-2014, at 23:46 by Calcruzer ]

5. Posted by avneet (Budding Member 24 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I think be in any part of the world one can easily travel alone as traveling alone is the best way to explore the land.Moreover when you visit a place you would find many people traveling on the same boat with you so you can always gel up with them.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Jul-2014, at 03:26 by avneet ]

6. Posted by traveller123456 (Inactive 4 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Ok thanks very much for the responses, that's useful