Right well I've recently started a new, rather handsomely paid, job out in Africa on a 3 month on 1 month off rotation and have decided that with my one month off (mid October to Mid November) I'm going to make the trip that I've been sort of half planning for years. Here's the itinerary: First week will be spent in Perris, California gaining my BPA A Licence with a company called SkyDive Extreme Skydiving School in California offering AFF courses from BPA and USPA » SkydiveXtreme I have emailed the instructor/owner there called Tony Goodman (ex British Army) and everything seams rosy. Next will be 3 nights in a rather nice looking hotel in Beverly Hills called Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotels California | Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills | Los Angeles Luxury Hotels just doing the touristy stuff and seeing the sights e.c.t. Side Note: For this first 10/11 days I am planning on hiring a car (Chevy Camero convertible or if needs must a Mustang Convertible) so that I can drive around and see everything including a trip to San Francisco. The remaining 4 nights will be spent in Vegas at the Cosmopolitan New Las Vegas Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas Strip Hotel | The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas this will hopefully be serious party time and so I will be mostly far too drunk to be in control of myself never mind a car so that will be being returned upon my arrival in Vegas. Unfortunately my mate who was planning on coming with me has just been laid off and so has had to pull out for financial reasons obviously, this means I will be solo for the big trip..... Not the end of the world as I'm sure there will be plenty to keep me occupied. My questions are, has anybody ever done any skydiving in the US? Better yet has anyone ever used Skydive Extreme or had Tony Goodman as an instructor? Has anybody spent much time in California and or Vegas? If so what activities/things would you suggest I do/try? Anybody stayed at Mr. C or the Cosmopolitan? Any better hotel recommendations in LA or Vegas? Any suggestions/comments will be much appreciated! P.S. I am getting rather excited about this little adventure especially after writing it all down!!!!