San Francisco has been calling to me. Maybe it's the fact that the temperature rarely goes above seventy or below fifty, which makes it perfect for RV living. Or maybe it's the fact that all of the smart young techies have congregated there. Maybe it's the cheap(ish) flights to Japan or the abundance of healthy vegan restaurants.
Whatever it is, I've had an itch to go check it out. I've been there a few times before but didn't explore much and certainly didn't see it through the eyes of a resident. So this time I'm heading that way in the RV.
This Thursday I'll head West from Austin, and hopefully drive 20 hours straight to Las Vegas. I love Las Vegas and have a few friends there, so it's hard to pass up an opportunity to visit. After Las Vegas I'll go to LA. I might stay for a few days, for a month, or something in between. I haven't decided yet.
Then from Los Angeles I'll go to San Francisco. I have a ton of friends there, some from middle school back in Boston, some from Austin, and a few from the old pick up days. I'm also hoping to make friends with some of the people involved in the tech community there. I've heard that parking won't be easy, but my friends have a couple ideas on places that might work.
After San Francisco, I don't know where I'll go. I might make it my new home base, or I might take the RV East to the Boston/NY area. I'm hoping to take a one or two month trip to Japan from San Francisco. I'm making an effort not to plan too far ahead anymore, and to keep my plans as flexible as possible.
To prepare for the trip, here's what I've done to the RV:
There were a few more modifications I really wanted to do, but I ran out of time and I don't want to keep pushing back my departure. The big project I wanted to do was to add a second water tank to double my total capacity. Next time.
Two days left in Austin to continue to get ready and to spend time with my family and friends.
im definately agreeing with the idea of the decals on the side, beautify it with some stars and what not, throw a link on there and definately have some sick advertising and an even sicker RV
How do you feel about The Dip these days? I want to hear your thoughts on that vs. not planning ahead (from this post). I'm kind of a casual reader, so I might have missed out on some of your evolution since last fall...
You should put a huge graphic full of stars and logo with your web URL on the side of your RV.
Would be sweet advertisement.
That sounds amazing
Not too long ago I took a road trip from Toronto Canada down to Mexico going through Colorado, Los Vegas, Los Angeles
One of the coolest things I have ever done
Not gonna lie, buying your own RV and traveling across the country is a pretty freaking cool thing to do! I will look forward to hearing about how the trip goes...especially finding parking in SF and LA, that could be interesting!
I like the star icons for the lists.
I'm about 30 min from SF, although don't really care for the city life. Prefer living in quiet suburbs.
Interesting. I'm thinking about re-locating to Austin.
Have a safe drive to LV & LA.
I moved to the bay area from Portland, OR about 9 months ago, and can personally attest that since I have been here RV living has gone through the roof here. Check out:
There are many places in SF and even more in the East Bay to park an RV, you just have to move it for street cleaning every once in awhile. Perfectly feasible. Anyway, if you do make it out here, give me a shout, I would love to meet you, I have been reading your blog for a few months now and can say I have become a fan. I also work in the tech industry (help desk), pretty far down on the totem pole, I know, but you gotta take what you can get in this day and age. I have down mostly sys admin work in the past.
Tynan, have you ever considered going with YCombinator and creating a startup?
The money probably wouldn't mean much to you, but the opportunity to meet and get feedback from their amazing community of investors and the idea of holing up and coding like crazy for 2-3 months sounds like the perfect thing to push many of your business ideas forward. Check it out.
My friend Leo suggested once that I write a post about how I make decisions. Since then I've been waiting for the right moment, one where I made a large decision in a very short amount of time. That happened today, when I decided to move to Las Vegas.
From time to time I check real estate prices in Detroit or Las Vegas. They're the two major US cities I'm aware of that were disproportionately crippled by the housing crash. Detroit more so, but it's cold up there and I've never been, so buying a house there isn't just fantasy.
On the other hand, I go to Vegas all the time, so I'm familiar with it. I like to play poker there, I have a handful of friends there, and I've been frequently enough that I have a bunch of favorite haunts. The Ethiopian restaurants are amazing.
Last night, after work, I spent half an hour looking at condos and townhouses for sale. In case you don't have this particular hobby, there are lots of condos in Las Vegas that are under $75k. The mortgage on one of these things would be less than $300.
I love San Francisco so much that every time I return here from a trip, I resolve to stay for a while and enjoy the city. That never happens. Next week I'm going to Tahoe, then Vegas the following weekend, and then to Austin for SXSW the week after that. Cabo or Hawaii follows in early March, but in late April comes the most exciting upcoming trip: a sixteen day cruise to Rome.
Cruises are full of old people. As best I can tell, that's because young people haven't figured out how awesome and cheap they can be. In fact, I can easily say that of all the travel I've done, cruises probably represent the best bang for the buck.
Before I tell you how to get them cheap, let me tell you why cruises, especially long duration one-way cruises are amazing.
One of my favorite aspects of cruises is that they can take you to places you may not otherwise visit. For example, the cruise my friends and I are taking stops in the Azores, Seville (Spain), Valencia (Spain), Barcelona, Monte Carlo, and Rome. Without cruising, I probably would never make it to the Azores, and those southern Spanish cities are unlikely as well. They're just too remote and too expensive to come up at the top of my list when choosing a trip.