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Old 04-08-2009, 04:52 PM   #1
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So my girlfriend (or I guess I should get in the habit of saying EX-girlfriend) and I split after living together for 3 1/2 years. This has been very hard on me and my life seems to have changed dramatically. I have since had to move back in with mom (never fun going back, especially when she lives in an 1000 sq. ft house with my 18yo sister too..).

I have a vacation from work and I would be off from school next week. I am wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what to do. I have a 2008 ford focus and get great gas mileage. On top of all this, my friends have jobs and probably can't get the time off. I don't tend to do well on my own, but this might be a good growing experience. I have a buddy in Portland, OR (Beaverton specifically) that I MIGHT be able to hit up..

Anyway, given this current situation, what would you guys do?

NOTE: I am not rich and most of the money I have saved is for a downpayment on a house, I would like to keep this around $500. It doesn't have to be the whole week. Still possible? Let me know ASAP so I can try to plan. I would like to leave this Friday.
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Old 04-08-2009, 04:57 PM   #2
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Some sort of road trip is in order.

You could probably head up the coast and hit up a few breweries on the way. If you decide to head into OR, maybe start a seperate thread with an trip plan. I'm sure some of the OR HBT members would be willing to throw some hospitality or at least some beer in your direction.

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Old 04-08-2009, 04:59 PM   #3
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Borrow a tent and camp while on the road. Not sure about CA but elsewhere ~$12/night. And you get some thinking time in as well.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:00 PM   #4
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A road trip is DEFINITELY the road I am most considering. I am just wondering how I would handle being alone, when I am so used to having someone around me for the last close to 4 years.. But I guess since I don't feel too comfortable in my new "home," I won't get the usual home sickness that I typically get.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:01 PM   #5
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Tent + beer + grill/meat = happiness!
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I used to be very shy as well until taking a job requiring to travel 95% and always alone. I grew a great deal as an individual and am much more comfortable with myself and around strangers. I know a few days is different than a couple years, but time on your own is a great thing. Plan a trip up the coast meeting different HBT members. I bet you'll even find a few willing to put you up for the evening!
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:08 PM   #7
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There are some great cruises out of San Fran for $249

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Old 04-08-2009, 05:10 PM   #8
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Drive to Vegas, head on over to the Bunny Ranch, and get some strange!
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Road trip to Oregon sounds awesome to me. Just load up your favorite tunes and hit the road...

You'll do fine...betcha if you start a Stad's Hbt roadtrip thread, you will find some members looking to meet up on the way.
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I have only been out of California twice, and neither were via car. I've been to Hawaii 3 years ago, and Mexico last summer, I am very out of my element here.. Also I would feel weird inconveniencing people.
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