Whether you have been to the US before, or your visit to California is your first one, you need to ensure that your trip is as memorable as possible. Nicknamed the Golden State, due to the fact it has a lot of heritage linked to the gold trade, California is an incredible place.
Not only does it get sunshine all year around – hello tan, but it is also home to some of the world’s most incredible attractions. From the Golden Gate Bridge and Yosemite National Park to Disneyland and Universal Studios. Home to some fantastic places, this is one state with a lot going on.
Let’s face it, California may only be somewhere that you’ll see once, so making the most of your trip is vital. To help you do that, here are my golden rules for a memorable trip.
Book your flights in advance
Depending on where in the world you are travelling from, a flight to California can be extortionate. If you end up spending thousands on your plane ticket, you’ll have nothing left to spend once you arrive. If you’re only going to be in California once, you need to ensure that you have sufficient spending money to make the most of your trip.
Book your flight at least four months in advance, to help keep the cost low. You’ll find that the earlier you book, the cheaper it will be. Visit airline websites on a regular basis to keep an eye out for any deals or discounts. To cut ticket costs, plan to fly with friends or family. By buying two or more tickets, you will save yourself around 10 percent off of the original price.
Research all the best eateries
One of the best parts of any trip is, of course, trying new foods. Instead of eating in your hotel or choosing places to eat once you arrive, do your research beforehand. Find out where all the best local restaurants are so that you don’t have to stress about where you are eating.
Look for restaurants in all the areas where you plan on going. For instance, if you are going to Monterey, it’s easy to do a quick google search on restaurants in Monterey. By finding all the best places to dine beforehand, you can make sure that your trip is memorable for all the right reasons.
Create an itinerary beforehand
Once your flights are booked, start working on your itinerary. Create a list of all the must-see attractions; San Diego Zoo, Knott’s Berry Farm, and of course, the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Use this list to work out each day of your trip, so that you can fit in as many of the things as possible.
Use a map to work out where each attraction is, and try to fit things that are close together into the same day. This will not only save time on travel but also money, in terms of transport costs. Once you know what you will be doing each day, buy your tickets for each attraction. You’ll find that buying tickets in advance will save you money, as on the door prices, are always much higher than online ones.
California is an incredible place, and if you are lucky enough to be going there, it’s crucial that you make the most of your trip. To do that, take note of my golden rules above, and you should have the most fantastic time!