Visiting Las Vegas is something that many avid gamblers have on their “To Do” list. However, the Nevada “City of Lights” is notoriously expensive to visit, meaning that for some people, it doesn’t seem like a possibility. Fortunately, there are routes that you can take to enjoy everything that the city has to offer while on a budget.
There’s much more to visiting Las Vegas than simply gambling though, so even if it’s not the flashing lights and jingling of money you’re looking to experience, this city can provide. With nightlife, high-quality restaurants, exciting shows and events, nearby hiking and the historical parts of Vegas, there’s something for everyone. So, how do you go about visiting Vegas while on a budget? Well, join us and stay true to your NOMAD style. We’ve got the tips for you to enjoy this city without spending all of your money.
Where to Stay in Vegas on a Budget
The likelihood is that most people will want to stay at a hotel on the Vegas Strip or Downtown. This remains as a location that is close enough to all of the action and with the capability of allowing you to walk or travel easily to wherever you’d like to visit. The Strip is located between Sunset Road and Sahara Avenue, so be aware that just because a place has a Vegas Boulevard address, does not mean it exists on the Strip.
A few themed hotels exist along the Strip that you can check out which come with surprisingly budget-friendly rates. This is especially during certain times of the year and on weekdays. Take a look at hotels like the Luxor, where rooms can often come well below the £100 per night mark.
Some surprises can also be found with options like Circus Circus, where prices fluctuate around the £55 mark, although this does have a bit more of a vintage hotel feel to it than something more modern.
If you don’t mind being a 10-minute walk away from the Strip would be best off looking into the Ellis Island Casino & Brewery. It’s a healthily cheap location to stay, but offers a perfectly adequate setup for anyone visiting Vegas.
Another good tip when it comes to finding somewhere to stay in Vegas is to utilise sites like Booking.com. Flexible cancellation policies are in place, and it features a variety of hotels and vacation rentals that you can experience. Others to use include Hotels.com, Expedia, Hostelworld and VRBO.
How to Get There
To score some great deals on flights into Las Vegas, there is nothing better than entering your details into the Skyscanner website. Try to choose a mid-week or weekend flight, as these can very much tend to be cheaper on the whole. Red eye flights can also provide a more budget-friendly option to go for, and it is often much better for you to fly with carry-on baggage only, as hold luggage costs extra.
Kayak is another site that you may wish to check out, and this operates in a similar way to Skyscanner, seeking out the most appropriate and cheapest flights for you. Don’t forget about travel insurance, either. This is especially poignant if you are travelling from outside of the United States of America. Recommendations for such include World Nomads or SafetyWing. The latter of these two covers COVID-19, with excellent monthly policies in place for anyone with budgeting intentions.
Travelling about whilst in Las Vegas is an easy enough process, too. Rome2Rio is a great application to make use of, as it provides in-depth information about how to get from one place to the next with ease. If you intend to use a rental car instead and make your own travel arrangements, then Kayak will once again serve as a great assistant to you for this. It compares car rental companies and provides you with the best deal for Vegas.
Visiting Casinos and Playing Games for Cheap
Las Vegas is, without a doubt, the location that most people visit to enjoy the thrill of playing games in casinos. This is why it is known around the world as a gambler’s haven. Of course, if you are on a budget, gambling is not something that is hugely recommended. It can lead to a slippery slope that will see you lose more money than you can afford.
However, one way of getting a casino experience without breaking the bank is to make sure that you only place the lowest of bets. So, if you visit a blackjack table, don’t throw away $50 or $100 at a time, because that’s a senseless route to take. Check out the minimum bets of that table and stick with them. If you find yourself floundering, walk away from the game. The same is true of playing the slot machines in Vegas. These can very easily become too captivating, resulting in you not realising how much money you have spent on them. So, set yourself an alarm on your phone to chime in after 10 or 15 minutes, for example. And again, stick to the lower end bets on these machines. You can still have a thrilling casino experience by playing this way.
One other thing to point out is that if you want to drink for free, then the casinos are the places to visit. You could start out there before heading to another location for a night out. So, you can place minimum bets on a few rounds of roulette or blackjack for example, and the casinos will supply you with free drinks while you’re there. All active gamblers are supplied with such freebies, so this works perfectly with budget Vegas gaming.
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