I wanted to go for sixty days initially, then one month, but in the end around three weeks was the most workable solution with work and life being how it was.
I booked my flight from New York to London first, because I didn’t know how long I would be able to spend in the states, and booked my flight from London to Los Angeles later. Both flights were with Norwegian Airlines. My itinerary covered California, New York and Massachusetts, ticking off places and things I’ve alway wanted to do!
London to Los Angeles: 11 hours with Norwegian Air
A long, exhausting flight made worse by the fact if you don’t pre-pay and pre-book your meals, you will have to pay in flight or starve. I starved on principle.
2nd – 5th July: Los Angeles and Venice Beach
I spent two nights in a hostel in Hollywood, and one night in a hostel on Venice boulevard about five minutes from the beach.
5th – 6th July: Santa Barbara
A brief stop to see the pretty Spanish influenced town of Santa Barbara on the pacific coast
6th-9th July: Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey and Big Sur
Arriving in the evening of the 6th allowed me a day and a half in Carmel and one day exploring Big Sur and Monterey
9th-12th July: San Francisco
A few days around the time of my birthday to stroll through landmarks, hilly streets, historical neighbourhoods for gay rights and wonderful bookshops
<Delta Airlines flight>
12th – 16th: New York City
Museums, bookshops, markets, seeing friends, eating lots of food and spontaneously attending a street party in Brooklyn!
16th – 18th: Boston, Massachusetts
Visiting the pretty and quaint city of Boston, and Cambridge for the prestigious Harvard College.
<Peter Pan Bus>
18th – 19th: Falmouth, Massachusetts
A very quick visit to the coastal town along Cape Cod
<Peter Pan Bus>
19th – 21st New York City
Back to New York for my flight home: time for museums, Coney Island, Chelsea and more Brooklyn adventures!