It’s another Joe Schmoe Tuesday, and once again you’re sitting at your desk daydreaming about your next vacation. Then, it suddenly becomes a nightmare. You think to yourself, “I have bills to pay,” “What If I miss meeting my soulmate when I’m gone” and the uje, “Who would go with me?” Don’t look at it like a nightmare, but as an opportunity to explore the world and get to know yourself. And we’re here to give you the nudge you need. Coincidentally, we know the perfect place, Vegas baby! The only place you can get the whole world on one street.
First Excuse: I don’t have the money
Now, now no need to be dramatic, we’ve all been there. There are countless times we spent way too much money on alcohol (or avocado toast) and had to eat off the dollar menu for a month straight. We’re not asking you to put on a sequin dress and become a “lady of the night” on that questionable corner in your hometown. We’re just saying these travel tips will save you so much money, you won’t have to bet your last dollar on keno like the Grizzwalds.
First off, if you haven’t been in a cramped seat on a budget airline or laid on a hard mattress in your hotel room, now’s a perfect time. Joking aside, start looking at Las Vegas flights and hotels six weeks in advance to get the best travel deals. *cough* for a cheaper price book your trip in the Vegas off season like summer or winter time *cough*. Once you get over that painless money dump, you’ll be well on your way to walking off the runway in Sin City.
When it comes to keeping the hotel bill to a minimum (we’re talking around 35 bucks a night) you want to look at Flamingo, Bally’s, Luxor, Excalibur or any other 3-star hotel. If the Strip is too “mainstream” for you, change things up and look downtown at The D, don’t lie, you just giggled a little bit (so did we). Get your mind out of the gutter, it just so happens to be the name of a hotel in Vegas that has affordable digs.
To take saving a buck a step further, there are a few things you can do once you’ve touched down in Sin City. Welcome to Extreme Couponing: Vegas Edition (there aren’t physical coupons, but you get the point). Instead of spending a few bills at a fancy schmany restaurant for dinner, go during lunch. Your eyes will pop out of your head when the bill comes and you see the prices cut in half. Next, drink as many beers, cocktails or wine bottles during happy hour. It’s half the price (usually) and by the end of it, you’ll be so drunk your buzz won’t wear off till the next morning. And lastly, check out our deals page for the best Vegas deals. Vacation is like thrift shopping, the only difference is you leave with a bunch of kickass experiences instead of possessions.
Second Excuse: I don’t have anyone to travel with
Traveling alone will never get easier, but you’ll feel like a badass riding on a Harley with a hawk on your shoulder after you do it. And to ease your mind a little more, last year 42 million people came to Vegas, so you’re never really alone. And with modern day technology or as Apple likes to say, “There’s an app for that,” there are easy ways to meet other solo travelers. Check out Flip the Trip or SoloTraveller. These two resources guarantee that you’ll find other people like you to party with.
Orrrrrrrr you could do it the old-fashioned way and meet new people at a Las Vegas bar (gasp). Then one day when your future kids are glued to their technological devices you could tell them a ‘back in my day’ story – it’s like going full circle from when our parents used to tell us they walked five miles in the snow to school. So, here are a few places with easy ice breakers.
You don’t have to venture far to find a bar with public games like shuffleboard, beer pong and life-sized Jenga. ameriCAN at the LINQ Promenade or Gold Spike in Downtown Las Vegas are the perfect bars for solo visitors. Get a few games in with a rando group of people, take some shots and the next thing you know, you’re besties. All drunken adventure stories start with shots of tequila, so here’s your chance to make new friends. You don’t have to go full “Hangover” experience on them, but drunchies at a hole-in-the-wall at 4 a.m. is a great way to bond with someone for life.
Third Excuse: I don’t have time off
We don’t know what burns faster: a Popsicle on a sidewalk in June or your vacation time. There’s never enough of it, but we’re here to give you the next best idea since the invention of alcohol itself– holiday weekends. But not all holidays are created equal, book the ones that are meant for family, not your bros. Sorry fam, we’re skipping out on Christmas and going to Vegas to make some new friends. Tell them to mail that 25th pair of snowman socks because these three to four day weekends were built for people who need some extra vacay hours. And if three days aren’t enough there’s always the classic *cough cough* “I’m sick” excuse (don’t worry, your secret is safe with us).
A drink in Vegas sounds better than that mound of paperwork waiting on your desk right now. So stop dreaming about your vacation and book it. The time is now, and your life will flash before your eyes if you keep making excuses. Don’t look back at your life and be full of regret because you didn’t travel. Look back at your life and regret that thing you did with that bartender in the back alley behind the Stratosphere. Here’s a shameless plug to our website to check out our Las Vegas travel deals. We’ll be seeing you real soon.