It is that time of year… summer travels are fast approaching for many of us! For me it is Thailand and Vietnam this summer, but last summer I backpacked some of the US after working at a summer camp. If you’re looking at post-camp travel, or just simply backpacking L.A, this blog should (hopefully) serve as a ‘how to do’ L.A on a budget.
We arrived late on the 22nd of August 2016 to the busy city with 5 days ahead of us. We stayed at USA Hollywood Hostel and we couldn’t believe how “luxury” the hostel was. Never have I appreciated having clean bedding, a good shower, and a plug next to my bed so much! Situated at one end of hollywood boulevard, we were a short 10 minute walk from some of Hollywoods most iconic attractions. USA Hollywood Hostel was honestly amazing and I cannot rate it enough!
Things you must do if you are backpacking L.A:
– Trek to the Hollywood Sign
– Venice Beach
– Santa Monica Pier
– Original Farmers Market (really cool and quirky)
– West Hollywood (for Paul Smith Wall, “Made in LA” wall etc, also some really cool and quirky shops here)
– Hollywood Walk of Fame (although it is not as glamorous as Pinterest and Instagram depicts!)
– Live off Acai bowls…
Main Highlight: Venice Beach! Venice beach is amazing and by far one of my favourite places I have ever been in the world. Its the ultimate hippy spot and is full of really cool vintage shops.
Airport Transport: We used Supershuttle both there and back and it was $16 each way.
Hostel: We stayed in an all female 6 bedroom dorm. This was $49 a night. At first this looks really expensive for a hostel, but in L.A, specifically in Hollywood, it is quite cheap!
Food: Breakfast was included in the price. Breakfast pretty much included anything, cereal, toast, waffles, eggs. It was a big kitchen and you essentially helped yourself to what you wanted. The kitchen was open 24 hours. We cooked Ramen noodles a few times… which at under $1, you can’t complain.
Getting Around: We used public buses, hostel shuttle bus, and a hop on and off tour bus whilst we were in L.A. All were fairly cheap. The Hop on/off tour bus was around $30 dollars for the day but it is honestly amazing and takes you to places you would never really think about going, so definitely worth doing! USA Hollywood hostel also ran 1-2 trips a day and all were really cheap. We did not attend all the trips, however, we did attend a guided trek up to the Hollywood sign and a shuttle bus to Santa Monica Pier/Venice Beach, both of which were under $10!
L.A is amazing and the only thing I regret was not having longer there. Nevertheless, you can fit a lot into 5 days and we managed to cover everything that was on our L.A bucket lists!
Happy Travels, Georgia x