I've been living in the US for over 7 years and always dreamed of visiting the West Coast. I've also always known that a few days vacation was just not going to be enough once I finally got out there (after all the flight time is almost as long as it is back to the UK) so when I started looking at those places in the world I really wanted to visit with my 6 months of travel, California was almost at the top of my list.
The next question was where exactly on the West Coast did I want to visit and where would I stay given the fact I was traveling solo and on a budget. California with its great weather, beaches and of course fabulous wineries came out top and I decided to book all my accommodation through Airbnb (www.airbnb.com).
I am hoping that using Airbnb will allow me to stay in some great locations, stay within my budget and to meet local people who can point me in the right direction of fun places to visit. On the other hand perhaps I'm going to just end up staying with a bunch of crazies for which I have the pleasure of paying. Who knows and let's see, my California adventure has begun.