1. Dec 14, 2012

A package deal for $800/wk including airfare is tricky, but one could check airlines and online travel sites like Expedia, Travelocity or Priceline (no endorsement expressed or implied). One could search for "vacation packages" or "travel deals". 4. Dec 14, 2012 ### Hepth Do some work and price it out. Sometimes packages are better, usually for inside-the-US trips they aren't, but its possible. Things to look at: For Flights, my favs are: cheapoair.com fly.com For hotels check http://www.betterbidding.com/index.php?showforum=71& Better bidding is a forum where people post what deals they got on priceline and hotwire, thus giving you a great chance at a cheap rate for a specific star rating in a city. There are also tricks to priceline to figure out which hotels are what, and to get multiple bids in a single day. Betterbidding is GREAT. Looks like for janurary there are some 4 star hotels for$70-$100 a night. check cheapoair.com for car rentals too. San Diego looks cheap: economy size from$10/day + fees in mid-late jan. Very cheap.

5. Dec 14, 2012

### leroyjenkens

I'm going to several different places, so I thought I'd probably need a vehicle. Never been to San Diego before, though. Maybe I could take a bus to different places?
It's not for a week, only for 4 days and 3 nights. And I don't mind how cheap the hotel is. I only plan to sleep there.
Great info, thanks.
My departing airport is Jacksonville International Airport. And I'll be leaving January 4th, 2013 and I'll be returning January 7th, 2013.
Thanks again.

6. Dec 15, 2012

### Hepth

I think because of how close that is to new years and how soon it is (LT 3 weeks) flight are going to be your biggest hurdle. Everything seems to be $600ish at the cheapest. Out of JAX flies JetBlue (looks expensive), AirTran/Southwest as well as the regular delta,united, USAir, etc. Check ALL of these, including times to find your best deal. Southwest has :$635.70

Also check http://www.bing.com/travel

One you have that its a matter of hotel. Peruse the betterbidding forum to see what people are getting in certain areas (not sure where youre staying)

I've been to SD twice. For lodging: The mission beach area is nice, but sort of far from downtown and the parks. The Gaslamp district has a lot of shopping/retaurants and bars, easy public transport to the zoo/etc (could even walk it). La Jolla is really nice and you should get up there at least once to walk around (like 10 miles away from downtown).

All depends on if you get a car. If you get a car, you'll be able to go to a lot of different places easily (la jolla, beaches, cliffs, downtown) but you'll be paying parking as well. So if you're staying downtown, probably don't get a car (I think parking was \$20/day). Where as if you stay in mission beach or la jolla, get a car and drive everywhere.

7. Dec 15, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

San Diego has a pretty good public transit system. They have light rail (called the "trolley" although it's a modern system, not an old-timey one), buses, and a commuter-rail line up along the coast to Oceanside.

http://www.sdmts.com/home1.asp (light rail and bus)

http://www.gonctd.com/coaster (commuter rail)

Download the maps and check out the locations you're likely to want to visit to see if you can get to them easily by public transit.

8. Dec 16, 2012

### Abstr7ct

Make it a walking trip.

:surprised

9. Dec 16, 2012

### leroyjenkens

Thanks for the information guys, I'm going to need it.
I'm also going to switch my vacation to the weekend before MLK day. I noticed that was quite a bit cheaper. I'll have that Monday off school, so it works out better. If I took the vacation at the beginning of January, I would have missed the first day of school. I'm going to make sure I can get that Saturday off work, and then I'll buy the ticket. It's best to buy as early as possible, right?

10. Dec 19, 2012

### leroyjenkens

To those of you who have been to San Diego, do you know what the weather is like in mid January? There are quite a few outdoor activities I want to do while I'm there, like going to the zoo, but if it's going to be cold, I don't know how fun that will be. Is the zoo even open when it's cold? Because you can't keep animals out in cold weather.

11. Dec 19, 2012

### Travis_King

Highs in the mid 60's to 70's. Lows at night in the high 40's low 50's. Sunny, mostly.
Relative humidity is generally low, between 20-30%. Low enough that it's nice and comfortable, but enough of it that the heat doesn't wick away from your body as it does out in the desert.

It's southern california...I think you'll enjoy it.

12. Dec 19, 2012