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LA on a Budget (Part One)

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by Tan2013 (subscribe)
"I love traveling and sharing my experiences with others"
Published November 17th 2012
Experience LA's weird and wonderful while on a budget
You may think of LA as glitz and glamour, expensive hotels, fancy restaurants, convertables and plastic fantastic, and while it is all this plus more, LA is easily done on a budget without having to compromise.

1). Transport

Arriving at LAX can be a bit daunting and overwhelming, you think "oh I will just grab a cab". Mistake number one. Firstly, there are the airport cab charges and a minimum spend depending on the location you are off too.

The budget way is to catch the airport shuttle marked "C", this shuttle comes and goes every 15-20 minutes and takes you to the Metro Bus Centre, where you can then get the Santa Monica big blue bus line, Culver City bus lines and Torrance transit.

It may seem like a hassle at the time but with bus tickets for as little as $1, and a little research, you can end up saving $40 or more. (Plus catching a bus in LA is all about the experience). Information on all the city buses is available by telephone and also on the information boards in the baggage collection areas.

Using the buses can pretty much get you anywhere that you need to go. Of course, it is a little slower but if you are willing to save the big bucks it is worth every minute.

Click here to check the Big Blue Bus

Click here to check the metro bus

Click here to check the Culver City bus

2). Food

Picking up a cheap meal is really easy, but going to the supermarket is even cheaper. Most supermarkets like Ralphs, Safeway and Vons, all have a huge hot and cold food section, where you can make your own salads, grab a chicken, pizza, bread, soups and just about anything you can think of. By purchasing bread rolls, salads and meat, you can get away with a few meals for less than $6.

Simply ask around and the locals will point you in the right direction.

3). Fashion

You are in LA, of course, you want some fashion. Designer brands - without the price tag. Head to LA's fashion district. Blocks and blocks of apparel and accessories, perfumes and just about any junk item you can think of can be found here. (It may not be the real deal but we are on a budget here).

The fashion district an be reached by public transport from most locations and also offer parking at a cost for those who have access to a car.

Click here for more infomation on the Fashion District

4). Hire a Bike

A trip to Los Angeles is not complete without a beach bike ride from Santa Monica to Venice and even beyond to Hermosa and Manhattan beaches. A stretch of footpath spanning from one beach to the next means you can avoid the nasty traffic and enjoy a peaceful ride with a sea breeze to complement.

Plenty of activities, including the weird and wacky entertainment of the Venice boardwalk, the Santa Monica pier, beach volleyball and the famous Venice Muscle Beach.

If your legs let you cycle down to the surfy areas of Hermosa and Manhattan beaches - stop off at one of the many hip pubs or bars, for a happy hour beverage or two.

Click here for a detailed description of daily specials at Baja Sharkeez.

Click here for detailed specials at Patrick Molloys pub.

5). Museums

Being such a large City, there are plenty of free or small donation museums that can be reached via the bus or train system. A popular option that provides plenty of exhibits for the whole family is the Getty Centre Los Angeles - free entry and the Getty villa - Malibu. The latter are also free, however you must order the free tickets online before arriving at the museum.

Click here for more information on the Getty museums.
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