We all feel like we know LA, through magazines, gossip columns, newspaper exposes and the movie world. Tinseltown is a part of our lives, and has been for many, many years. They don’t call it La La land for nothing; this truly is like somewhere unique and unreal. To visit Hollywood, to star-spot and walk down the boulevard, donning huge sunglasses, skinny latte in hand and Chihuahua on lead, is many people’s dream. It can come true!
Flights to LA aren’t cheap, and a holiday in this unreal part of the world will probably set you back a pretty penny, however, this is one of those destinations worth the saving. Cut costs wherever possible, and the money saved can be put to good use in planning your trip. One of the ways to eliminate unnecessary costs is by pre-booking airport parking. I do this now every time I travel, and I’ve become addicted to the convenience of travelling in my own car. Of course, the cost doesn’t hurt at all! I recently used Stansted airport parking, and found a fantastic deal. I’d recommend anyone who drives to look into what’s available at their airport, such as the Long Stay parking at Stansted, and see how much you save compared to expensive taxis and public transport.
The Hollywood sign looms high in the hills, overlooking proceedings in a town too crazy to be real. It’s no surprise that this city makes movies, an escape from reality, and if you’re wanting to star-spot, then you have the best chance here than anywhere. Beverly Hills is somewhere you’re quite likely to find a celeb, but if you’re not too bothered about counting stars, then head to the beach and see a completely different side of unreal.
Venice Beach is famous, and rightly so; it’s here you’ll see more plastic than a credit card factory, with muscle-men pumping iron in the sun. Alternatively, Santa Monica is slightly less crazy! This is a great place to hang out during the day, people-watch and chill-out.
photo source: Wikipedia
Onto a bit of retail therapy, one of my favourite things. Remember Pretty Woman? It’s all about Rodeo Drive. If you have an endless budget, then go knock yourself out at the designer shops, with many being closed at certain times of the day due to a celebrity deciding to go on a shopping spree! There’s no way I would ever be able to afford the price tags at Chanel or the other big name labels, and thankfully around the city there are places that offer goods for half the price – hallelujah! A walk down this famous street has to be done though, simply to say you’ve been
Shopping is one of my favourite things, but unfortunately we do need to money to be able to do it! Remember what I said before, save, save, save! Airport parking, hotels and other extras really do go a long way to giving control over travel plans and saving money along the way. Luton airport parking is great value when heading out of the capital, so check that out and see how much stays in your pocket.
When night falls in LA, you won’t be short of a glittering club or bar to don your high heels, sharp suit or foxy dress, and head off out with the glitterati – just remember your ID, remember you have to be 21 to drink in the USA.
For something that has to be seen to be believed, and somewhere you’ll continue to shake your head at, long after you’ve left, it has to be LA – welcome to La La Land!