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How To Road Trip California, Be Cheap, And Still Have A Good Time

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After finishing my California Road Trip video this summer, I realized I still had a lot of extra footage that I hadn’t used. So I decided to put it to good use in a new video. This video is the result: How to Road Trip California. It’s more of a narrative and slower in style than its predecessor, but I’m hoping you still like it. Here’s a link to the first video if you haven’t seen it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9m-F6pnph0 MY MAIN GEAR: Camera Body - http://amzn.to/2sNIhiE GoPro HERO 4 Black - http://amzn.to/2sNLw9R Rode Mic - http://amzn.to/2sNgQ8J Canon Lens- http://amzn.to/2sNPcIq Tokina Lens- http://amzn.to/2va7eWn GlideCam Stabilizer - http://amzn.to/2sNLwXj Camera Bag - http://amzn.to/2va3cgj Many people ask, “How much will it cost to road trip California?" “What are the best places in California to visit?” and “Where is the best food?". The answers to those questions depend on a lot of different factors. California has so much to offer. To truly experience the whole state could take over a month. And you still wouldn’t see everything. Time, money, and personal preference should all be considered. My main question wasn’t as much “How to Road Trip California” as it was “How can I explore California in one week, with two friends, a camera, and a modest budget?” I think I answered it. Please subscribe if you'd like and want to see more videos like this in the future. Go trip yourself! -Randy --------------- CONNECT with me: - Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RoadTripRandy22 - Twitter: http://twitter.com/RoadTripRandy22 - Instagram: http://instagram.com/RoadTripRandy22 - Subscribe to this channel: http://bit.ly/1yGCzvI - Plan your road trip: http://roadtriprandy.com/2015/06/02/the-ultimate-road-trip-planner-internet-resource-guide/ MUSIC from YouTube Audio Library: -Secrets Secrets - Silent Partner -Over Time - Vibe Tracks -Rhodesia by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/ Road Trip Randy is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.
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Vinod Asokan (1 day ago)
Sorry for that missed Death Valley!
Christopher Brown (16 days ago)
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Created By Doug (1 month ago)
wow how long does it take you to edit these videos?
Road Trip Randy (1 month ago)
Usually a few days or a few weeks, depending on how busy I am with work and stuff.
Danny Jr (1 month ago)
Cool video
Road Trip Randy (1 month ago)
Thanks Danny!
The Adventurers Club (1 month ago)
Love this!
Road Trip Randy (1 month ago)
Thank you!
ArnoGoldfinger (1 month ago)
It's a state with a lot of natural variety, the accents are a bit grating. I would definitely not bring a hippie - they should be dumped in Laurel Canyon.
gusrojo88 (2 months ago)
Been there done that... and Im happy I did!
colleen t (2 months ago)
turn down the music
Driss El Faiz (3 months ago)
J'ai visité ville s'appelle San Diego Belleville Las Vegas Tijuana Mexique Flash
Driss El Faiz (3 months ago)
J'ai passé des vacances en Californie c'est une belle ville venir Beach mais il a vu que je préfère s'échange Lego et Hollywood
Rasa Meškauskienė (3 months ago)
I loved your story :)
Road Trip Randy (3 months ago)
Thanks Rasa!
Jack hendron (4 months ago)
Is eating out once a day considered budgeting?
Road Trip Randy (4 months ago)
When you’re on vacation, I’d say so? Sure you can do it cheaper but grocery store or gas station food every day gets old fast.
Patricia Ibanez (4 months ago)
I'm leaving for Cali on this Friday from Wrightsville Beach , North Carolina and I can't wait. Its such a beautiful place I just want to cruise on the Pacific Ocean highway and make it to see some gigantic trees 😍😍😍
Road Trip Randy (4 months ago)
Have a great trip!
odeez nuts (4 months ago)
Beautiful video , you made my home state look like the California dream everybody's dreams about 🌅
Road Trip Randy (4 months ago)
Thank you very much!
Ellä Dünhäm (4 months ago)
I’m visiting Cali in a few weeks plz tell me where I should get an airbnb at and things to do and such 🙏🏻
Mark Fisher (5 months ago)
my wife and kids did not enjoy watching full grown men taking a shit on the sidewalk or people shooting up drugs. I tried to explain to them how the liberals in charge tax people until they are homeless                               what a shit hole cali is now
Good video, short, but pretty accurate. Summertime on the Pacific coast is a variable climate, much cooler on the coast, 65-75° about 10 degrees more for every 10 miles inland, to about 95-110° plus..as a native, you're right, we are pretty proud of our state, except the piss poor shape the politicians have left our paradise with horrendous decision making. There is no balance here ( 70-30%) democrat controlled, cities of homeless, sanctuary status, and a draining economy. The natural beauty makes up for the other nonsense..
Dimitri Tyan (5 months ago)
Beautiful video! Could you provide an itinerary of your roadtrip? I’d be interested to see what your time management was!
Road Trip Randy (5 months ago)
Thank you. 1 day in each: Yosemite, Tahoe, Shasta, Avenue of the Giants, San Francisco, and Big Sur.
Drunk ninja (5 months ago)
Music is to loud, can't ear you sometimes!
Richard Hernandez (5 months ago)
Just the thought of driving for long periods of time makes my butt hurt lol specially when you only stream music 😂 get it? Cuz no service 😉
TuBeMaN5609 (5 months ago)
Please make a video on how to edit as good as you do! Your editing is great. As far as the California being the best place on 🌏You bet it is.
Road Trip Randy (5 months ago)
Thanks a lot!
Ron Rowan (5 months ago)
Hippie? More of a psuedo-hippie. Any real hippies today will be in their 60s or 70s. Hippies are gone, and unless one was part of the awesome time in the late 60s, one cannot capture what being a hippie was. You younger generations can try, but it always be just that, someone trying to be what they cannot. We were the greatest state, until the Democrats ruined it.
Ella Pitu (6 months ago)
@ 4:23 what beach is that??
Road Trip Randy (6 months ago)
McWay Falls in Big Sur. You can't actually go down there, but you have pretty sweet view from the road/walkway.
Limitless Ride (6 months ago)
We plan to visit CA in november ( long trip from Cyprus island in Europe) how is the weather during this month. I just hope it wouldn't be too rainy or cold because we would like to do a motorcycle road trip
Road Trip Randy (6 months ago)
In SoCal November is when the weather starts getting chilly, but not cold. Northern Cal, I'm not exactly sure. Rain is pretty rare here. Usually we get the most rain in the winter/spring. Hope you have a good trip!
UFGator1972 (6 months ago)
Again, great video. The only thing that I would suggest is that you lower your background music because it makes it very hard to hear what you are saying. Most of us are here because we want to learn how to do things from other people's perspective. Thanks for posting so many great videos.
Road Trip Randy (6 months ago)
Thanks for the feedback. I have heard that feedback before on this video too, so I know it's legit, but on my end the music/voice levels sound okay (on phone and computer). I wonder if it's certain speakers? I definitely keep it in mind for future videos though. Thanks for watching.
Arshad Ali (7 months ago)
Awesome trip and video!! Love it.
Road Trip Randy (6 months ago)
Thank you!
John Smith (7 months ago)
Recognized the sundial bridge and dam south of mt Shasta
Michaelastic (7 months ago)
I live in California
Russian Bot from Russia (3 months ago)
UFGator1972 (7 months ago)
The music is louder than your voice!
nemos422s (7 months ago)
um i might just be spontaneous and go next week
Road Trip Randy (6 months ago)
did you do it???
Sophia Wisdom Writer (7 months ago)
So doing this sooooon, even if alooone, sounds so much fuuun, ex tv business too, now freelance, nobody is my boss but I am still poor :), but free, yay can't wait...and yes, you have the most beautiful place in the world...planning to move there, can't wait ! THank u guys...ur hippie tag is kind of cheesy...being in the moment is hippie, such a funny world. Thank u, it was fun ! :)
Road Trip Randy (6 months ago)
Thanks for watching, Sophia. Hope you get to move out here too!
Paul To (7 months ago)
Loved the video!! I have a question. Whats the place at 4:23-4:24
Road Trip Randy (6 months ago)
McWay Falls - Big Sur!
bahhaziz (7 months ago)
Don't plan too much is they key of unforgettable trips...
Sophie Belinda (7 months ago)
Absolutely love this! Just done the same trip :)
Road Trip Randy (6 months ago)
Thanks, Sophie! How was your trip?
Kay Cola (8 months ago)
I really wish I could do what you do! This was a great and interesting video to watch. I just don’t live in California. I live in Rhode Island. But I hope in the future things will work out for travel.
Kay Cola (6 months ago)
No problem! :)
Road Trip Randy (6 months ago)
Thank you! What about an east coast road trip??
The California Review (8 months ago)
Yes totally contact me your wallet will love me but your arteries will hate me from all the butter cheese and yumminess I subscribed to your channel if you can subscribe to mine love what you're doing
Ken Allison (8 months ago)
Under plan. Great advice, loved your video!
Road Trip Randy (8 months ago)
Thanks Ken!
The California Review (8 months ago)
, yes find the cheapest hotel is one option or you can contact me I know management and I'm a travel reporter I can get you great deals on nice hotels what you would pay on cheap motels
Road Trip Randy (8 months ago)
Sounds like I need to call you before my next road trip! ;)
The California Review (8 months ago)
Tyrone Smith (8 months ago)
Worst trip I ever took was to California.  the traffic is a nightmare alone.  I had countless people claiming to be homeless asking me for money outside my hotel  outside the mall.  Even outside the dinner I visted.  Where are all these homeless people coming from and are they actually homeless or are they just saying they are.  the cities we vistited smelled like I don't even know what but it wasn't pleasant.  If you want to book a vacation I would never recommend California.
Road Trip Randy (8 months ago)
Sounds like you had a terrible time Tyrone. I can say with confidence though, it's not all bad.
Freddy Medina (8 months ago)
At 4:11 where is that?
Road Trip Randy (8 months ago)
Just north of the San Simeon elephant seals I think.
pris1223 (8 months ago)
We leave to California in a week. Road trip from wyoming
Road Trip Randy (8 months ago)
have fun!
FindYourWild (9 months ago)
just awesome. no words <3
Road Trip Randy (9 months ago)
Thank you!
Antbeast23 (9 months ago)
About to go to Cali.we were going to road trip but are flying. So we just need to make an itenary and figure out place to stay and transportation. This helped lol. Figured out the cost and spending money.
Road Trip Randy (9 months ago)
Awesome! Enjoy your trip.
Aslan Sınav (9 months ago)
Dude ditch the crappy American & Korean cars. Get a Honda or Toyota, they won't leave you in the middle of Death Valley. Oh, and a rule of thumb get a fresh oil change before any long haul trip.
Rick van der Valk (9 months ago)
bring a hippy lol
BEACH LIFE78 (9 months ago)
GREAT video would like to do this journey my self :)
BEACH LIFE78 (9 months ago)
Road Trip Randy thanks i may go next year , im off to florida this may and will be vlogging it for the first time cant wait :)
Road Trip Randy (9 months ago)
Thank you. I'd highly recommend it!
Siddharth Chordia (9 months ago)
Solo vacation to California possible? I'm probably gonna book a flight.
Road Trip Randy (9 months ago)
Yeah! I think travel is always better with other people, but you can definitely do it solo. Lots of great things to see.
farklemybrainsout (9 months ago)
California is beautiful, but there are too many people. Like Yosemite gets 4 million annual visitors, I'd never go to Yosemite unless to backpack, so I could stay way from the crowds.
Road Trip Randy (9 months ago)
Yeah the valley floor in Yosemite gets crazy. Literally bumper to bumper traffic. I did backpacking last summer and it was great. Barely saw anyone.
Carolin Z (9 months ago)
Love your videos 👍🏻 what program do you use to edit them?
Road Trip Randy (9 months ago)
Thanks. Adobe Premiere Pro
dayna & michael (9 months ago)
great video!! :) we work in film as well.. just in ontario lol!
Road Trip Randy (9 months ago)
thank you!
TheSmokin419 (9 months ago)
I just clocked to say stay out of that shithole
Jovani es (10 months ago)
Great video
Road Trip Randy (9 months ago)
Andrea Ryan (10 months ago)
Great video! Just moved to California. Although, I've done a Cali road trip 3 times I'd really like to see more of the state.
Road Trip Randy (10 months ago)
Thanks Andrea. Me too. It's too big, so much to explore.
iPlasmaV2 (10 months ago)
San Jose is 40 minutes away from San Francisco why did you not go there?
Road Trip Randy (10 months ago)
Just didn't have time unfortunately. Wanted to spend as much time as possible in Big Sur.
Digital Stuff (10 months ago)
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juan l nieto (11 months ago)
That's my friend cherry ? I work with her in the restaurant Manhattan steak and sea food in the city of orange😊😊😊
Road Trip Randy (11 months ago)
Tosunra Astron (11 months ago)
...SUPERB! I like the story telling, the music, the shots, the group, and just ALL OF IT!!! THANKS for sharing your VIDEO....I was searching about California and happen to see ur vlog. . .i'm coming to Cali this February!!!! can't wait to see... NEW SUBSCRIBER HERE..
Road Trip Randy (11 months ago)
Thank you very much! Hope you enjoy your trip. California is a great state to road trip.
TravelerInTraining (11 months ago)
I loved the video Randy. Great storytelling - I'm always lacking this element in my videos. Do you think a road mic is necessary to record a good story? Thanks! Please check out my US Road Trip on my channel. I didn't hit CA, but hope to do it on my 3rd tour of this county!
TravelerInTraining (11 months ago)
I wasn't sure either! I don't know what I was thinking :D Cheers, thanks for the advice Randy!
Road Trip Randy (11 months ago)
Thank you! I'm not sure if you mean the brand Rode, or road mic as in mic used on the road? Lol. So I'll say Rode is a great brand of microphone that I use on my trips. But a good story isn't made from the microphone. It comes from the creator. So get your story down first, and then spend the money when you can afford it. Hope that helps.
Bats Records (11 months ago)
Great. Thumbs up
Road Trip Randy (11 months ago)
Mark Embry (11 months ago)
Under plan!!!
Road Trip Randy (11 months ago)
Sometimes that's the best plan
Ralph Garrett (11 months ago)
NIce Video!!!
Road Trip Randy (11 months ago)
Thanks Ralph! Glad you liked it.
Flight Of Spice Blog (11 months ago)
Love travel guides
Road Trip Randy (11 months ago)
Thank you!
RobRae (11 months ago)
I want to go to California so bad but I live in Rhode Island
Russian Bot from Russia (3 months ago)
find a sugar daddy and fly
Kai Mainz (6 months ago)
You think that's far? Try living half way round the world and planning for this.......
Road Trip Randy (11 months ago)
Road trip 😎
Delightful Travellers (11 months ago)
Amazing vid. Well done! We really enjoyed it!
Road Trip Randy (11 months ago)
Thanks a lot!
returnoftheredeye (11 months ago)
I don't feel there were any particularly insightful tips, but I still enjoyed the photography and the absolutely stunning scenery. I live in the UK, but was briefly in Cali last year, and the landscape completely blew me away. Really hope I get to go see a little more some day.
Road Trip Randy (11 months ago)
California's landscape definitely does not disappoint. Thanks for sharing!
Moo Mooing (1 year ago)
Sweet vid
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Thanks Jared!
John Brown (1 year ago)
Next time stop at my house.
John Brown (1 year ago)
I thumbed up. You missed... Trees of Mystery, Shasta Caverns, Patrick's point, Burney Falls, Mount Shasta ski hills, Half Moon Bay, Fisherman's wharf SF, Winchester museum, my house... Even Crater Lake in Oregon is priceless. YOU even missed Highway 36 west from Red Bluff to Fortuna. Look forward to seeing more in next video... Cool trip. 😏 I'm happy you got to see Redwood and Sequia and Yosemite is Yosemite... GORGEOUS AS ALWAYS!!
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Lots of good things to see in California! Thanks for watching.
Alex Aesthetics (1 year ago)
In Russia,in the Crimea,the same beauty)only there's such a huge and powerful trees.
Jesse Kettunen (1 year ago)
https://youtu.be/7Xsk7dlGUm0 check out my road trip clip from Cali!
Lance Gascho (1 year ago)
Absolutely loved this video! You didn't rely on flashy editing or trendy transitions (while the editing was awesome), but you focused more on the story and it was incredibly refreshing. You definitely gained a subscriber! :)
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Thanks Lance! It was fun to make. Story was definitely the goal with this one.
Max the mind (1 year ago)
who else already lives in California?
Andrew Moore (21 days ago)
Yo me
Russian Bot from Russia (3 months ago)
Me but it's still a lot that I haven't seen yet
buyerofsorts (7 months ago)
Hmmm... I guess nobody...
Ahmed Yamany (1 year ago)
That moment when the best thing you saw all day just wraps up.
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Buba Jebo te (1 year ago)
My dream is to go in la
John Brown (1 year ago)
MR. Giraffe remember L.A. is scary compared to more relaxed cities in California.
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Oh yeah, that's rough. Well, I hope you get to visit LA someday!
Buba Jebo te (1 year ago)
Road Trip Randy wheel nature is beautifull but its the wery poor coutry 65% people dont have job but thank god my dad and me have job so its good..I was looking to go in la last year and the tickets was worth 350euros so it to much for me
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Fair point. Montenegro sounds pretty nice though too.
Buba Jebo te (1 year ago)
Road Trip Randy yo im in montenegro i nead money thats the problem
Henry Hayes (1 year ago)
RevMatchTV (1 year ago)
Love the storytelling, voiceover and wonderful footage!
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Próxima Parada (1 year ago)
Your videos are awesome, i love them all I did a road trip in california as well, look at the video I made https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqXjzE9G6F8
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Cinthia Bustos (1 year ago)
cuanto cuestan los hoteles?
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
I'm not sure. Probably $2.50/gallon
Cinthia Bustos (1 year ago)
gracias! y la gasolina?
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
$90-$140/night if I remember correctly.
VroomVroomVroom (1 year ago)
Cool! We love your California road trip video. Those helpful tips for travelling are really awesome. We can't wait to see more of your videos soon. Thanks for sharing Randy! :D
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Thanks for watching!
Anna Khayyat (1 year ago)
hahah i loved this i watched it before my two week road trip through cali and it was lots of help😁
Anna Khayyat (1 year ago)
It was actually ventura beach is the least busiest and it was gorgeous :)
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Glad it went went! Two weeks sounds great. What was your favorite part?
Anna Khayyat (1 year ago)
we also went camping/stayed at a hostel and slept in our car to save money
Jai Bhatia (1 year ago)
Hi, I have made a new channel for posting my California travel edits, it would mean a lot if you check it out! Thanks!
dankster (1 year ago)
Next time mix the narration higher in the mix. Music is way too overwhelming
Maria Forfang (1 year ago)
I love it!
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Thanks, Maria!
Michael Farah (1 year ago)
Americans think they're poor but go on road trips. Lol. They don't understand the meaning of that word.
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
lol. I hear you Michael. For me, it was just a more efficient way to say we didn't have a lot of money to spend on this trip.
Supriya Negi (1 year ago)
those clicks u captured her n surroundings so well..
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
thank you!
tom mccaughan (1 year ago)
Jesse St Louis (1 year ago)
Cool vid.
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Travel To The World (1 year ago)
Thanks for upload. Useful video. Really I ♥️ it
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Thanks! Glad you liked it
I will be there this week .. my Birthplace
Oshinanigans (1 year ago)
It's easy because there is such beautiful scenery to enjoy. Good video!
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
daniamz (1 year ago)
I was so worried about my Kia making the trip and I'm so glad that's what you had! It's same model and everything. Nice to know my Kia can handle it if I decide to take her :D
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Oh yeah, it drove fine :)
CasualYoutuber (1 year ago)
could you recommend a good place where I can rent a car for 1 - 2 weeks?
PolskaaupairwUsa x (1 year ago)
Hi ,What program you use to edit videos? thank you :)
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Hi. Adobe Premiere Pro!
Stephanie Shepherd (1 year ago)
What was the total spent?
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
I think just over $1000.
Christine Akers (1 year ago)
Hey! I love your video!! I'll be going up there in san francisco in a month. I'm from san diego and I was wondering what your itinerary was cause I'm planning to do the same since I'll be driving up there. 😁
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Hi Christine! Thanks. I did Yosemite, Tahoe, Shasta, Redwoods/Ave of the Giants, San Fran, and then Big Sur.
Smaagal (1 year ago)
loved the storytelling and edit!
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Thank you!
joeylantis22 (1 year ago)
Why would you have the music be so loud? How could you not realize this was such a glaring error? You say you work in television.
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Rough day?

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