Located in the middle of the Nevada desert is the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas! Hotels, casinos, nightclubs, and restaurants all vie for space among the neon and glitz in this city of sin. A lot of people don’t like Vegas – the party, the glitz, the luxurious resorts, the fancy “see and be seen” atmosphere. But those are all negative opinions. For me, I was constantly blown away by the city – the amazing mix of celebrity restaurants, diners, people, concerts, shows, and events. There is much more to Las Vegas than the Strip. And despite all the expensive prices up for show, it’s actually pretty simple to pick up free things in Vegas. Free drinks, meals, show tickets, and reduced accommodation can all be easily had, only if you know where exactly to look!
Graduating from secondary school in Singapore basically meant one thing, celebration! And where better to go than Vegas? My family and I took a road trip up to Vegas from L.A and it took slightly more than 4 hours via Highway 15.
In an expensive city like Vegas, what you need to do first and foremost is to equip yourself with strategies to save money, so that you can ball hard on necessary items. With that said, here are my top 3 money-saving tips in Sin City!
1.Head down on a weekday if you can
Most people visit Las Vegas on a Friday or Saturday and stay for the weekend which means this is the most expensive time to visit. By visiting the city during the week you can avail of the significantly reduced room rates and restaurant prices. For me, I headed down on a Wednesday if I didn’t forget and the prices of the hotel room and restaurant prices were lower than I expected!
2.Eat at a buffet
I wish I knew this while I was still there but Vegas has some world-class food. With all the money flowing in, it should be no surprise but if you really want to save money on food, stick to the all-you-can-eat buffets. They will cost you about $20 a day.
Well, if you really want to gamble, you’ll want to risk just a few dollars at a casino, but don’t go wild and spend your lunch money! Only gamble what you can comfortably afford to lose because the chances that the house will win are extremely high. Even though I don’t gamble, I know that it feels disappointing to lose money for nothing.
Well, now you know how to save money during your trip, so now, its time to be a professional tourist! Like what I said, there is more to Vegas than just the strip, so be prepared to venture out. With that said, here are my top 3 things to do during your time in Vegas!
1.Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon
A visit to the west coast of the US is definitely not complete without a trip to the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, so yes, you are traveling out of state by doing this and it is about a 250-mile drive. It’s all worth it though, if you are a photographer like me, here’s a golden opportunity for you to unlock one of your many achievements in your life, to snap a picture at one of the 7 wonders of the world! I have unlocked mine, it’s your turn now!
2.Watch the Bellagio Fountain Show
Soaring as high as 460 feet into the air, The Bellagio has a fountain show that performs a magnificent light and water display set to music. It happens every fifteen minutes and crowds form about five minutes before the light show starts. I think it became a little overrated(maybe because of Ocean’s 11) and while I wouldn’t make my night revolve around it like some people do, it’s worth seeing if you are nearby. The fountain will literally dance to Michael Jackson songs like you have never imagined!
3. Simply take a walk down Las Vegas strip
I guess it’s true sometimes, the best things in life are completely free. Las Vegas Strip is 4.4 miles long and it is always bursting with life no matter what time it is. It can be either 9 in the morning or 11 at night and the energy level along the strip never changes. After eating at a sumptuous buffet, you might want to exercise a little bit. When it’s cold outside, it’s even better as it’s much more refreshing and it’s difficult to get tired. Combine that with the hype the atmosphere has been filled with and you will just want to spend more time walking and you will enjoy strolling down the strip. It’s all free and it might probably be your favorite thing to do here anytime.
To be honest, I really enjoyed my trip to Vegas, it was an unforgettable experience as it showed me that you don’t have to gamble in Vegas at all and yet, you can have an amazing time there. If you have different views of Vegas and you would care to share them with me, do go ahead and leave a comment below and I would definitely love to hear from you! Till Next Time!
Peace & Love,