No matter how many times I visit Vegas, I always manage to re-fall in love with it. It’s unlike any other city on earth. That being said, it can get quite expensive (especially with the exchange rate being so terrible). But not to worry – with these simple tips you can still enjoy Vegas on the cheap without missing out on anything!
Consider Flying Out Of The U.S.
My first tip for Canadian travellers is to consider flights leaving from the U.S. It tends to be cheaper, saving you upwards of 30%. Spirit Air always has deals leaving from DTW for as low as $19 one-way. Also, think about traveling during the slow season during June, July and August. Sure, it’s extremely hot in the summer, but without the humidity we experience in Canada, it’s not that bad. I was there in July, and it hit record breaking heat (50 celsius) and we survived.
Try Not To Spend Money On Alcohol
Those frozen cocktails on the strip may look tempting, but they can run upwards of $20USD. Derek and I fell for it our last trip, and although delicious, we could have got the same drinks at any casino for free. While you’re gambling, even if it’s just the penny slots, waitresses will come around and offer you free drinks. We always tip $5 to start, otherwise you’ll be waiting awhile. This is also the perfect time to cool down, rest your feet and enjoy a beverage or two.
Don’t Fall For The Fancy Hotels
Unlike all-inclusive resorts where you’ll want to stay in a 4 star+ hotel – as that’s where you’ll be spending most of your vacation, Vegas is all about experience and getting out of the hotel. There’s honestly no bad hotels on the strip, so I highly suggest considering cheaper hotels like Excalibur, Luxor, Flamingo or Mandalay Bay to save a few bucks. As fancy as the Bellagio, Caesars Palace and The Venetian may seem, you can still enjoy their beauty without spending the night.
Get Show Tickets For Less
You can’t visit Sin City without experiencing a show or two. Cirque Du Soleil and popular music acts can get quite expensive, but not with Tix4Tonight. Simply stop by one of their 10 booths found on the strip the day of the show and get a major discount. Plan on arriving early for best options and availability. Anything from magicians, comedians, impersonators, showgirls, chip and dales, hypnosis, burlesque, Cirque Du Soleil and concerts can be scored at up to 50% off.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to food options. There are a ton of restaurants found within each hotel and along the strip. Take advantage of happy hour for half-priced drinks and appetizers. There are also a lot of fast food options to fit any budget.
Don’t forget about the free attractions. You don’t have to spend a ton of money in Vegas to get the full experience. There are a ton of spots on the strip, where you can have fun without opening your wallet. Watch the volcano erupt at The Mirage, enter the world of elaborate arrangements of plants at Bellagio conservatory and then watch the spectacular fountains fill the quarter-mile-long lake in front of the Bellagio. Jugglers, trapeze artists, acrobats and unicyclists can be found at Circus Circus. If you have a sweet tooth, visit Ethel M Chocolates, Hershey’s Chocolate or M&M World for all your chocolate needs. It took us 3 trips to Vegas to finally make our way to South Strip to score a photo in front of the “Welcome To Las Vegas Sign”. The wildlife Habitat at The Flamingo allows you to get up-close and personal with pink flamingos, exotic ducks, koi fish and so much more. Have fun with all these stops without ever buying a ticket.
Don’t Forget The Sign!
Although not on the strip, no visit to Vegas is complete without a stop at Fremont Street. You’ll have to take an Uber (but for under $15 each way), depending where you are on the strip, the Fremont Street Experience is totally worth it (and free once you arrive).