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Best things to do in San Diego California

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I’m really excited to interview David Kelly of and about San Diego, California. David’s tips for the best things to do in San Diego are awesome because he’s a former New Yorker who moved to SoCal to escape the cold. Since he moved to San Diego in 2013, David has been busy exploring the city and experiencing life as a local with a tourist mindset since everything is new to him.

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San Diego waterways. Photo by Adam Thomas on Unsplash

San Diego, California

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out San Diego Travel Guides, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Oscar’s Mexican Seafood. Photo by Jessica Tan on Unsplash.

Getting around San Diego

The local airport is San Diego International Airport (SAN), which is about a ten-minute drive to downtown.

David says that, with the county being so big, it’s a good idea to rent a car. Uber and Lyft are also excellent ways to get around.

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Ride the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner up and down the California coast. Photo by Hari Panicker on Unsplash.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with David Kelly about San Diego, California. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in San Diego, California
  • Green dots = best things to do in San Diego, California
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in San Diego, California

Who is David Kelly?

David Kelly is the General Manager of AppSumo Originals, a $3 million SaaS business. I met David through our mutual friend, Noah Kagan, who I interviewed about Austin, Texas, back in 2018. We even rode bikes together for the Sumo 50 charity bike ride that raised money to buy laptops for children in Austin.

As the General Manager for AppSumo Originals (SendFox, KingSumo, and more), David’s job is end-to-end P&L, leading the team, defining strategy, executing ideas, and getting RESULTS. Before AppSumo Originals, David was the first full-time marketer for Student Loan Hero — which was acquired by LendingTree for $60 million in July 2018. He’s also been featured in stories on OKDork, Neil Strauss, and Ramit Sethi’s email newsletter (I Will Teach You To Be Rich).

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Here are a few articles that he’s written:

You can connect with David on his personal site or on social media at Twitter or LinkedIn. You can also create your own newsletter with SendFox for free.

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Sunset in East Village. Photo by Derek Story on Unsplash

Stay tuned for our next episode

Best things to do in Long Beach California - Chris BrowningListen to the next episode when Chris Browning of Popcorn Finance shares the best things to do in Long Beach, CA. In this episode, Chris shares all of his favorite breakfast spots in Long Beach, then we’ll discuss whether or not the Queen Mary is haunted. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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