After my five day rush through San Francisco, it was time for me to move on, there was lots of California left for me to see. I booked a ticket on the Greyhound and set my sights to Santa Cruz, Monterey, a [hopeful] stop in Big Sur, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. Aside from transportation and accommodation, I had done little planning for each destination but that's the beauty of traveling by yourself, each day can materialize as you so please. I planned on taking full advantage of couch-surfing by asking my hosts for tips and advice on their hometowns, why not rely on the locals?
It may or may not come as a surprise but I have a bit of an obsession with buying airplane tickets, sometimes they're well thought out, but other times on the spur of a moment decision. To some (and their credit cards) this may come as a problem, but thankfully it's only proved successful for me. Not long after being home from my adventures in SE Asia I was tempted by an email from Southwest airlines advertising their low-fare specials. Of course, I clicked on it and soon found myself planning not only a trip out east to DC and New York, but also a California adventure. I decided to purchase one ticket into San Francisco and another home from San Diego, leaving the in between TBD.
I grew up hearing "California, you don't want to live there" but after finally visiting, it's the one place in the US I could actually envision myself 'settling down'