Budgeting tips for Vegas-
If you didn’t have the money to go on vacation this summer, you may be itching for a little time off to play. What better place to cut loose than Las Vegas, where you can often visit for a fraction of the cost of your regular vacation budget? Las Vegas is often quite cheap to travel to since you are expected to spend your money on gambling, but here are some helpful tips to make sure that you get the lowest prices in all of your travel fees.
Las Vegas doesn’t really have an “off season”, but many people travel outside of the summer months because they are so darn hot. You will also want to avoid spring break and major holidays, so search based on flexible dates to find the cheapest prices from your area.
Hotels are dramatically less expensive during the week, and the weekends will also make the strip crowded and hectic. Try to visit within the week to save money, and make sure to search on the Internet for the most competitive hotel deals. These will often be packaged with your airfare to save you even more money. As an added bonus, you can save an extra percentage on your hotel fare if you stay slightly off the strip, yet there are cheaper options on the strip available, like Excalibur or Circus Circus.
Las Vegas is famous for its elaborate buffets, which all range greatly in price. However, there are many more restaurants to choose from, so if you are on a budget, you may do best eating at fast food places like Subway and splurging on a nicer meal in the evening. Overall, you will not want for food wherever you decide to eat since many of the nicer restaurants also feature all-you-can-eat options for the money that you spend.
Your best bet is to walk as often as possible, which will also give you a little exercise with all of the eating and drinking you will be doing. The length of the strip is 4 miles long, and it takes an hour and a half to walk from one end to the other. To be smart, make sure that you wear very comfortable shoes, and if necessary, use the bus system that runs the length of the strip and is only $5 for a 24-hour pass.
The truth is that you can visit Vegas on a budget, but remember the golden rule of not gambling more than you can afford to lose, and you will be set up for a stellar weekend getaway!
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