If you can get away by the end of the month, you can drive down California's Highway 1 for under pounds 50 a day with Travel Warehouse (071-414 8808). You fly out to San Francisco on Virgin Atlantic, pick up a rental car for a week, drive south to Los Angeles, drop off the car and fly back for a total of pounds 335. Once you have returned the car, you can extend your stay until any time before 31 July.