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Old 10-23-2016, 03:33 PM
Location: State of Transition
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Originally Posted by sponger42 View Post
Why is everyone's first suggestion to always spend more money? The man asked about sleeping outdoors or in your car, not whether he should check into a Hostel. That's 10-30 bucks a day he could save.

I do not know if the overall state of CA allows or disallows sleeping in your car. I've done it on numerous occasions, both on the side of the road and at rest stops. Rest stops on the major freeways are your best bet. You are allowed to park and sleep for up to 8 hours (more, in reality, as nobody keeps a close check.)

Rest stops are NOT recommended, as some can be unsafe. Especially for women (Ingrid is a woman's name, not a man's.) Crime happens. Hostel's can be expensive, anyway, in places like San Francisco. There are plenty of regional parks where overnight stays/camping are allowed; these are on the edge of many cities or towns in CA; all over the Bay Area, for example, and many of the redwood parks. Visitors could map out an itinerary that would allow them to stay in those approved areas. And there's always Air B&B, isn't that pretty cheap?
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