Super Tired Trying to Find Parking in an Illegal City 😩🚫 // San Diego

Super Tired Trying to Find Parking in an Illegal City 😩🚫 // San Diego

I’ll show you how I find parking spots in San Diego to sleep overnight (allegedly). Plus my van life night routine before parking for the night.

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Van Life Parking Where Sleeping Overnight is Illegal 🚫 // San Diego
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Allison Sharpe is a California native who gave up her home in California to live a nomadic lifestyle. In the USA she lives out of her van, Simon the Snackmobile, and while abroad practices slow travel. Wherever she is, she’s always looking for delicious food, scenic places, unique adventures and cool places to stay (on a budget). She’s also the host of the Travel Snacks Podcast.

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  1. Therese Shine on April 27, 2023 at 11:04 am

    You’re funny! 🤣 I have a unicorn 🦄 too but I didn’t name her.

  2. frang boy official tv on April 27, 2023 at 11:05 am

    Wow nice van i love driving watching from philippines

  3. TXEROXT on April 27, 2023 at 11:07 am

    Anyone else have the experience where you wake up early only to find that the cars in front and behind you are literally touching your bumpers and your stuck there until one of them moves? Happened to me recently and now I’m so hesitant to street park. 🥴🥴

  4. John Donohue on April 27, 2023 at 11:08 am

    not easy

  5. Matthew Turner on April 27, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Every single one of these sounded like a “you” problem… ignore it or move…

  6. AnomaLe over T.I.M.E (Trash Into Mountain Empress on April 27, 2023 at 11:10 am

    Would you consider moving to a different city…as a base? 💚💚💚💚

  7. Jeannine Comeau on April 27, 2023 at 11:13 am

    Shelter Island?

  8. Elicia Burton on April 27, 2023 at 11:13 am

    This would be my breaking point living in a van. I just couldn’t be moving around at night like that. I’d be so uneasy, I’d never get good sleep. I’d be sleeping during the day too. Very stressful and tiring. I wish you well, and good and easy places to rest from now on.

  9. Barbara Tyler on April 27, 2023 at 11:15 am

    Couldn’t hear you at first

  10. james walker on April 27, 2023 at 11:19 am

    If one talks to one’s self does that make one a good listener?? 😄

  11. joseph corcoran on April 27, 2023 at 11:20 am

    You’re a legend 🎃 this stuff is not easy

  12. jeanmarie missale on April 27, 2023 at 11:22 am

    Get a book and put where you park in each city

  13. Vanessa Henry on April 27, 2023 at 11:26 am

    I had heard that the city is fine with van dwellers as long as you’re respectful and clean up after yourself (yes well aware there are those out there ruining for the rest of you)

  14. Augustblue on April 27, 2023 at 11:26 am

    Could you have parked at the garage that was doing the work on your van?

  15. NanaD & SissytheGSD on April 27, 2023 at 11:26 am

    Perhaps you could shut YOUR window if his coughing is bothering you so bad. I have coughing fits every morning thanks to respiratory issues & humid weather is horrible for me in the mornings. Drs haven’t been helpful in my 30 years of trying to find one to help me. I deal with it the best way I know how but I’m sure you’d be complaining about me I’d I were next to you yet it’s nothing I can control. Bashing people for medical issues isn’t very kind. Perhaps offer some help but complaining on YouTube is a bit ridiculous. You chose to live next to people in their cars too, so a bit of understanding would be nice. And my goodness stop complaining about people smoking pot where it’s legal. If you don’t want to smell it, YOU can move. Ugh all the griping & complaining by everyone these days….I just can’t even with everyone’s entitlement.

  16. ana g rodriguez on April 27, 2023 at 11:30 am

    In San Diego there’s casinos in the park there there’s camping spots around

  17. Sneil on April 27, 2023 at 11:31 am

    I go to San Diego quite often. Not only can you not park between 2-4AM in public lots, but during the summer you cannot have a dog in many parks between 9AM and 4PM (I think its 4PM). I understand the no parking at night, but no dogs during the day. At Mission Bay Park there are many RV’s and vans and I wonder where do they all go at 2AM???

  18. Donna Jones on April 27, 2023 at 11:31 am

    I can only hear about 1 in 3 words.

  19. Thepanther 007 on April 27, 2023 at 11:31 am

    The cost of housing these days is tremendous! The majority of homes on the market a just far fetched pricing. I reside in the Midwest there is this community that shut the DMV because nobody would pay their property taxes in the whole town.

  20. Susan Maguire on April 27, 2023 at 11:35 am

    San Diego is tough !

  21. ANTOINETTE COLE TV on April 27, 2023 at 11:38 am

    Theres a parking lot for car dwellers that’s near the old San Diego Charger Stadium 🏟️

  22. Nelson a Moreno on April 27, 2023 at 11:39 am

    Never parking close to the ocean because you never know who’s coming in pushing you inside when you sleep in droe 😂😆

  23. Jacqueline G on April 27, 2023 at 11:40 am

    California living… ❤

  24. Oh Jeez Mom on April 27, 2023 at 11:41 am

    Thank you so much for showing the struggle to find a place to park! ❤️ Very few people show this on their channels. So when I first started out, and I had a hard time finding places to park, I thought I was failing! I thought I was doing something wrong. But I wasn’t. This is just the reality of van life. Newbies and people thinking about getting a van need to know these things. Thanks for keeping it real and honest in all your vids. I really appreciate you!

  25. Michelle Leinonen-Valdez on April 27, 2023 at 11:41 am

    This by far is my favorite episode of hers.

  26. kim rinehart on April 27, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Great video!

  27. KC2BOB on April 27, 2023 at 11:42 am

    You can park down at the dock on Shelter Island. Make a left at the roundabout and there is tons of parking. Overnight parking is allowed. Do not park in the carpark opposite Ruperts as overnight parking is technically illegal but people park anyhow.

  28. sodamiclown2102 on April 27, 2023 at 11:44 am

    It’s touch and go up here in Northern Cali when it comes to parking and sleeping..some cities encourage it while others shun you away.

  29. Locd4life 707 on April 27, 2023 at 11:44 am

    No matter where I park people will park next to me. I can be a whole 100 vacant spaces in a parking lot. BUT NO it’s like really! Why? When there’s so many spaces. Every day LOL 😆 😅 🙃 So I can relate to what you’re saying. I like being alone & not bothering others and respecting their privacy and space.

  30. The Nox Box on April 27, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Really sad that Americans are struggling on the street in some of the richest cities

  31. Sita Gal on April 27, 2023 at 11:45 am

    Pacific Beach is hard enough to find parking anyway, let alone in a van, at night! Glad you found something!

  32. Chantel Labonne on April 27, 2023 at 11:45 am

    God bless you that you can do this, because I know that I just wouldn’t be able to unless there was just no other choice in my life. Van life looks fun to me when people are traveling in wide open spaces, like in Wyoming or rural Virginia or whatever, but stealth car camping in a city or fairly large town seems stressful to me. I do enjoy watching your channel & I wish you all the best in your adventures & to be safe always!❤️💙💖💛💗🧡🫶🏻

  33. Fifty Fifty on April 27, 2023 at 11:46 am

    Wonder what your thoughts are as a Christian on this new girl that is blowing up on YouTube. Lives in Cali and went on here posting about how she’s homeless and lives in her car. Super attractive, supposedly has all this prior drama, and hates her job. Real “poor me” vibe. Then 3 weeks later, quits the job and shopping for Mercedes with all the donations she’s got. She has 80k subs in less than a month and last look was getting nearly $700/month in Patreon, and God knows how much people have given her on Cash app that she’s Mercedes shopping. I feel like she’s scamming good people. I hope not. Oh yeah today felt the need to post about how she’s not dating so stop asking her out! Is that necessary?

  34. Ox Sixty One on April 27, 2023 at 11:49 am

    Yep in CA u sleep on sidewalk is preferred instead of sleep I. Ur vehicle. F stupid laws.

  35. Alf1963 on April 27, 2023 at 11:49 am

    That’s probably what he was thinking too !

  36. night fangs on April 27, 2023 at 11:50 am

    One of the best advice I heard about a guy who lived in his van, was he put business handyman repair service signs on his front doors, he would park in a business lot nobody payed his van no mind, ( cops and everyone else figured he was there for business) but of course no lights on at night after 10 pm he went to sleep

  37. Eric Potter on April 27, 2023 at 11:50 am

    Been there done that. Sadly, driving around a promaster, I think I spent like 8 bucks in gas every night trying to find the right spot, and even when finding the right spot, I’m still a bit paranoid I’m gonna get a knock and makes it hard to sleep. I’d live the 2~4 sign. That would mean, you set your alarm clock at 2AM, then come back at 4:30. lol. Perfect … I always set my alarm clock at 5AM anyway, and get the heck out of there to go find a daytime spot to park and nap. 🙂 Once I did get a knock, I parked with like 50 other vans, that I thought, hey, if they are all here, must be ok, not… cops knocked on EVERYONE’s door at 1AM and said gotta move. Fun times. I guess 8 bucks in gas beats 100 dollar hotel room. too bad hotels didn’t just charge 10 bucks to park in the parking lot. I’d do it! 🙂

  38. Donkey Kong on April 27, 2023 at 11:53 am

    City don’t want people to live in public places. I certainly don’t that in my neighborhood

  39. Ldygzlle on April 27, 2023 at 11:53 am

    No worries I won’t be using up a parking spot in San Diego. I don’t go where van dwellers are not welcome. Plenty of places in the country that appreciate my tourist dollars.

  40. Nelson a Moreno on April 27, 2023 at 11:56 am

    What happened if any cop catch you sleeping in your car 🚗 ? if he’s a nice cop you explain the situation but if not good cop probably asking move , correct Allyson

  41. John Alarcon on April 27, 2023 at 11:57 am

    Hey snacky if your ever in the Los Angeles area and need a hot shower and a place to park and crash you’re welcome here at our house ! And believe me you are safe here !!!!! No one messes with my families home !!!!!!!

  42. jeanmarie missale on April 27, 2023 at 11:57 am

    Park in apt parking lots

  43. Dani McMahon on April 27, 2023 at 11:57 am

    Just found your channel, so maybe you’ve covered this, or maybe you had an appointment, but why did you wait so late to go looking for a spot? I’ve heard "arrive late and leave early" when trying to "stealth camp" <—as if there’s such a thing, but if you stayed in the van, is there a reason you couldn’t arrive early evening? I’m not hitting the road until later this fall, so I’m just super curious. Thanks!

  44. jimgam730 on April 27, 2023 at 11:57 am

    I’m sure you know this but if you don’t, you can always park at Cracker Barrel or a truck stop. If there are any nearby.

  45. Szuzu817 on April 27, 2023 at 11:59 am

    Omg! Ur hilarious 🤣

  46. Linda Lai on April 27, 2023 at 11:59 am


  47. Annie on April 27, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Yeah … this among other major cons made the final decision for me … being a bit older and single and becoming ‘accustomed’ to certain comforts like .. a real bathroom and access to it 24/7 lol and security and parking and the amount of all me time in nowhere … sounds/appears exciting on SM … but everyday all day …. No way but I love it for you for now XOXOOX

  48. Thomas on April 27, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    for the life of me I can’t understand what the problem is about sleeping in your vehicle! enough that they make laws against it! Driving back from florida with my gf and her son, I made it PA BUT was too tired to safely carry on so I pulled off and parked in a mall parking lot. What are we supposed to do? continue driving until we have a crash? ridiculous!

  49. sharon m on April 27, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    I never wait til dark to look for a spot to sleep… never. Why stress yourself.. you have all day to look.

  50. A.Galindo on April 27, 2023 at 12:01 pm

    Find a 24 hour store around that area you would probably be better in Downtown San Diego or the southbay area of San Diego.

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