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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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Lệ Lê (4 days ago)
California nine
Boois Hoois (8 days ago)
This video pisses me off. "Take the right clothes for the trip. Take a camera." This is some of the most patronizing advice I've ever heard. Most people know how to dress, and own a smartphone. We're here for useful information on traveling to SoCal.
Martina Di Gianfelice (14 days ago)
I agree. Greatest place on earth. On my 4th road trip in a week!
Bruno Franco (21 days ago)
Great Video. May I know which program for editing you used? Thanks
Stan G (22 days ago)
Great tips and very true, well done video. Thanks!
PhotoGeorge (22 days ago)
ONE week to see California??? I could spend a Lifetime on a Road Trip in this State and never see the same thing twice. 100 Million acres of diversified land and water that has the most amazing National parks, State parks, Wilderness areas, theme parks, attractions, beaches, cities, towns, villages, industries, people, wildlife, flowers, weather and whatever else one can think of to see and do here. Don't rush it, take your time and see it all a little bit at a time.
PhotoGeorge (22 days ago)
Road Trip Randy Don't get me wrong, I love your videos of California. I'm just saying if people have the time to do it then there are a thousand places that are worth seeing here and each one has a uniqueness unto itself.
irwin jimenez (1 month ago)
I my experience, the vehicle chosen for the road trip has a much bigger impact on the trip than shown here. Any 4WD SUV will greatly open your experience to camping vs. hotel or "sleeping in a KIA".
Road Trip Randy (26 days ago)
Sure, but gotta make do with what you have, right?
Nguyen Dang (1 month ago)
Hey, thanks for this info I am about to travel from Dallas Texas to Redding California for the first time. I have been researching for free things to do I am very frugal as a student. Right now I just book a room using Air BnB for my first time booking it was very overwhelming process trying to cut cost. The room booking with Air BnB when using a gift card there still a small fee with it even with you have the full balance of it on the card balance. I was like really mad why there a gift card with Air Bnb and still require to charged other amount with my debit card is not right so I been on the call with them for a few days now finally they credit me 125 dollars promo but still not what I want so I called back to get it to fix so they waive the 14 dollars I was like wow. I will be going in May of 2019 after the semester is over so I can relax. I have social anxiety a lot I am trying to push my limited and hope I am able to enjoy the trip long distance doing free and cheap things. The first thing when I get there is to rest and check out the famous church called Bethel Church than from there I do not know yet.
Road Trip Randy (1 month ago)
Hope you have a great trip!
Emilie Pamina (1 month ago)
I took pretty much the same roadtrip last summer and loved it so much that I’m flying to California again this summer! I’m flying from Europe for 300€ round trip :) We slept in Airbnb only which was MUCH cheaper than a hotel - especially if you are more people! Also on the first day in San Francisco we couldn’t see the bridge neither 😁
Road Trip Randy (1 month ago)
Sounds great! Hope you have a great time again.
Chow Down TV (1 month ago)
Great editing
Road Trip Randy (1 month ago)
Thanks
AngelTime Sweet (1 month ago)
Thanks a Lot)👍
Road Trip Randy (1 month ago)
Thanks for watching
Germanikka Jackson (2 months ago)
its all about telling your story
Ilana Ali (2 months ago)
Nice video. Where was that clear blue water located?
Ilana Ali (2 months ago)
+Road Trip Randy thank you❤
Road Trip Randy (2 months ago)
Big Sur
Wozza’s Vlogs (2 months ago)
Great video👍🏻
Road Trip Randy (2 months ago)
Thank you
jordon garcia (2 months ago)
I just moved to California from Michigan, I did the same you did! Plus I had no idea and was bummed when I found out the water is so bone Chilling and freezing. lol NEW sub!
Andreas cool (2 months ago)
Sorry but your video is stupid just like you all
Road Trip Randy (2 months ago)
it doesn't sound like you're sorry
Yalda Khalid (2 months ago)
I’m going to California 2weeks later
MissFoxy (2 months ago)
Me too! :D
dog person (2 months ago)
Fucking millenials both in a bed and instead of talking there on a pos zombie phone
K LMG (3 months ago)
I liked "bring a hippie". Nothing is more annoying than an uptight snob.
Mr. Good-looking (3 months ago)
This video reminds me of fantastic journey in California vividly. I rent a car, traveling alone. From San Fransisco down to LA along the California Highway 1, then turned to Las Vegas and Hoover dam, after that drove to Yosemite from the east entrance and back to SFO. That is the most amazing 9 days in my life. Next time, I will come, and follow the same roads and steps again to travel in California, but with more finance support and more days. God bless United States. God bless California.
Aleisa DeMichael (3 months ago)
I have a friend in California folks
Egalitarian Ethos (4 months ago)
This is all common sense it could have just said it for any state or any country.
Glen Stephenson (4 months ago)
Thank you for the video, I enjoyed. Was in Beatty, NV this past September but did not venture into Death Valley. Now that I’ve seen your video, will have visit for sure! Fun to see the pic’s of the ghost town outside Beatty, having been there.
Road Trip Randy (4 months ago)
Thanks for watching! Yeah, if you get a chance I'd highly recommend it.
Connor Burke (4 months ago)
This video inspired me to roadtrip California. I spent two weeks traveling up and down the California coast. Check out my recent upload for the epic adventure!
Road Trip Randy (4 months ago)
Thanks Connor!
Openminded Illustrations (4 months ago)
Thanks for this video road tripping is my new found hobbie and you made it quite easier
Road Trip Randy (4 months ago)
love to hear that! have fun
Vinod Asokan (5 months ago)
Sorry for that missed Death Valley!
Christopher Brown (5 months ago)
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Christopher Brown (5 months ago)
yeeeeeee
Christopher Brown (5 months ago)
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Created By Doug (6 months ago)
wow how long does it take you to edit these videos?
Road Trip Randy (6 months ago)
Usually a few days or a few weeks, depending on how busy I am with work and stuff.
Danny Jr (6 months ago)
Cool video
Road Trip Randy (6 months ago)
Thanks Danny!
The Adventurers Club (6 months ago)
Love this!
Road Trip Randy (6 months ago)
Thank you!
ArnoGoldfinger (6 months 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 (7 months ago)
Been there done that... and Im happy I did!
colleen t (7 months ago)
turn down the music
Driss El Faiz (8 months ago)
J'ai visité ville s'appelle San Diego Belleville Las Vegas Tijuana Mexique Flash
Driss El Faiz (8 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 (8 months ago)
I loved your story :)
Road Trip Randy (8 months ago)
Thanks Rasa!
Jack hendron (9 months ago)
Is eating out once a day considered budgeting?
Road Trip Randy (9 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 (9 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 (9 months ago)
Have a great trip!
odeez nuts (9 months ago)
Beautiful video , you made my home state look like the California dream everybody's dreams about 🌅
Road Trip Randy (9 months ago)
Thank you very much!
Ellä Dünhäm (9 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 months ago)
Thank you. 1 day in each: Yosemite, Tahoe, Shasta, Avenue of the Giants, San Francisco, and Big Sur.
Drunk ninja (10 months ago)
Music is to loud, can't ear you sometimes!
Richard Hernandez (10 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 (10 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 (10 months ago)
Thanks a lot!
Ron Rowan (11 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.
Sirios Star (3 months ago)
Until the democrats ruined it ? What an astoundingly ignorant statement . Political affiliation has absolutely zero to do with how one treats their surrounding/ environment. The destruction of california's natural beauty will come from people like your self that contaminate the peace and beauty with ridged negative divison and a blaming attitude. If you don't like it anymore then f%^*ing leave it to those that want to preserve it instead of raping it for its natural resources .Arschloch !
Ella Pitu (11 months ago)
@ 4:23 what beach is that??
Road Trip Randy (11 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 (11 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 (11 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 (11 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 (11 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 (1 year ago)
Awesome trip and video!! Love it.
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Thank you!
John Smith (1 year ago)
Recognized the sundial bridge and dam south of mt Shasta
MemeProductions (1 year ago)
I live in California
Bruce Leroy (9 months ago)
and?
UFGator1972 (1 year ago)
The music is louder than your voice!
Hey Young World (1 year ago)
um i might just be spontaneous and go next week
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
did you do it???
Sophia Wisdom Writer (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Thanks for watching, Sophia. Hope you get to move out here too!
Paul To (1 year ago)
Loved the video!! I have a question. Whats the place at 4:23-4:24
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
McWay Falls - Big Sur!
bahhaziz (1 year ago)
Don't plan too much is they key of unforgettable trips...
Sophie Belinda (1 year ago)
Absolutely love this! Just done the same trip :)
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Thanks, Sophie! How was your trip?
Kay Cola (1 year 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 (11 months ago)
No problem! :)
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Thank you! What about an east coast road trip??
The California Review (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Under plan. Great advice, loved your video!
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Thanks Ken!
The California Review (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Sounds like I need to call you before my next road trip! ;)
The California Review (1 year ago)
Cool
Tyrone Smith (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Sounds like you had a terrible time Tyrone. I can say with confidence though, it's not all bad.
Freddy Medina (1 year ago)
At 4:11 where is that?
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Just north of the San Simeon elephant seals I think.
pris1223 (1 year ago)
We leave to California in a week. Road trip from wyoming
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
have fun!
FindYourWild (1 year ago)
just awesome. no words <3
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Thank you!
Antbeast23 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Awesome! Enjoy your trip.
Aslan Sınav (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
bring a hippy lol
BEACH LIFE78 (1 year ago)
GREAT video would like to do this journey my self :)
BEACH LIFE78 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Thank you. I'd highly recommend it!
farklemybrainsout (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Love your videos 👍🏻 what program do you use to edit them?
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Thanks. Adobe Premiere Pro
dayna & michael (1 year ago)
great video!! :) we work in film as well.. just in ontario lol!
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
thank you!
TheSmokin419 (1 year ago)
I just clocked to say stay out of that shithole
Jovani es (1 year ago)
Great video
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
thanks
Andrea Ryan (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Thanks Andrea. Me too. It's too big, so much to explore.
Enmity Mecha (1 year ago)
San Jose is 40 minutes away from San Francisco why did you not go there?
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Just didn't have time unfortunately. Wanted to spend as much time as possible in Big Sur.
Zeeshan Aziz (1 year ago)
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juan l nieto (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Who?
Tosunra Astron (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Thank you very much! Hope you enjoy your trip. California is a great state to road trip.
TravelerInTraining (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
I wasn't sure either! I don't know what I was thinking :D Cheers, thanks for the advice Randy!
Road Trip Randy (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Great. Thumbs up
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
thanks!
Mark Embry (1 year ago)
Under plan!!!
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Sometimes that's the best plan
Ralph Garrett (1 year ago)
NIce Video!!!
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Thanks Ralph! Glad you liked it.
Flight Of Spice Blog (1 year ago)
Love travel guides
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Thank you!
RobRae (1 year ago)
I want to go to California so bad but I live in Rhode Island
Bruce Leroy (9 months ago)
find a sugar daddy and fly
Kai Mainz (11 months ago)
You think that's far? Try living half way round the world and planning for this.......
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Road trip 😎
Delightful Travellers (1 year ago)
Amazing vid. Well done! We really enjoyed it!
Road Trip Randy (1 year ago)
Thanks a lot!
returnoftheredeye (1 year 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 (1 year 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?
Dar Mel (4 months ago)
California is a really big state, even if you live there there’s still a lot to see
Andrew Moore (5 months ago)
Yo me
Bruce Leroy (9 months ago)
Me but it's still a lot that I haven't seen yet
buyerofsorts (1 year 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)
🙏

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