Vegas and the 4-day long weekend
I did something a little bit impulsive last night: I booked a mini holiday with BF. We knew that we wanted to do something over the April long weekend, so after tossing around a few ideas – Portland, Kansas City, Tofino, Kelowna – we came to a pretty easy agreement on Las Vegas.
I know, I know. After last year’s trip, I said I was never going to go to Vegas again. But Allegiant Air makes it so easy. The hotel/trip packages are affordable, and the flights line up perfectly with our time off. Anywhere else Allegiant flies would require us to take vacation days. And while Portland was my first choice, I think it’s a better idea to go in the summer.
But I’m actually really excited for this mini holiday. Even though I’ve been to Vegas more than a few times before, there are still a few things I’ve always wanted to do: go see a Cirque show (everyone tells me that O is the best), do one of those crazy rides on top of the Stratosphere, and explore Red Rock Canyon more. Every time I’ve been to Vegas, it’s been go-go-go – either on a work trip, or it’s been crammed full of things to do. I’ve never had a super relaxing stay there, so I think that’s what this will be like. We’ll lounge by the pool (if it’s warm enough), take it easy, and enjoy the Nevada sunshine. :)
We also did something I’ve never done before on a Vegas trip – splurge on a “fancy” hotel. When I was with work, we stayed off the strip. And during past trips, I’ve gone budget and stayed at Harrah’s or the Flamingo. This time, we went fancy-ish and are staying at the Paris. I couldn’t bring myself to book anything more expensive than that, but it will be a nice change I think.
The cheapest I’ve ever gotten a flight and 3 nights accommodation in Vegas is $330 over a long weekend back in 2008. This time around, it will cost me $591. That’s a difference of $261, which I guess is a pretty fair price considering it’s 5+ years later, and a nicer hotel.
I don’t have a set budget in mind, because it varies on a lot of things: the price of show tickets, whether I actually do the Stratosphere SkyJump, a potential car rental, etc. But I’m hoping to keep the entire trip to $1,100. Under $1,000 preferably. And I definitely think that’s possible. BF and I are on the same page in regard to what we want to spend our money on: we’ll save on food (no buffets – neither of us eat enough to make it worth it), and splurge on experiences and entertainment.
Recommendations on delicious, cheap eats in Vegas?
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a writer, personal finance blogger, and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.