It’s that time of year again, time to start planning an upcoming holiday. This year, I want to see how to live large in the US!
I’ve been to the States a number of times before, so I’m already across some of the tips and tricks for maximising the benefit of bookings etc. I covered a few ways to save money last year.
This year, I want to continue to save money, but also maxmise the experiences that I have, especially given that I’m taken Ikonz Sr this time and he’s never been.
Adding the wow factor
I’m looking to take my dad to a number of cities, including LA, Anaheim (Disneyland), Las Vegas, Washington and New York. (Whilst neither of us are gamblers or big drinkers, LV certainly provides some major wow-factors that we can’t experience here in Australia).
So I’m currently looking for ways to maximise our time there, but not spend a fortune.
Again, I’m looking to stay at the in Vegas(a must if you’ve never tried it) and will be trying to get the best price possible for my room. I have found that some of the best deals actually come from Bellagio themselves, via their social media outlets (especially Twitter).
I’ve already started booking a couple of cities through the Priceline “Name Your Own Price” function. I find this is AMAZING when trying to get the best possible rate for a desired hotel star-rating, especially if you’re not fussy on a specific hotel.
With New York however, it’s not worth the risk of ending up with a really poor hotel, as I’ve found even some of the higher-rated, big name brand hotels in Manhattan are VERY tired.
I’ve signed up to a few coupon/group buying sites to see if there are any great deals that come up in the cities that we’re bound to stay in.
I’m trying to organise a couple of big dinners for us during the trip, whilst doing the rest on a very reasonable budget. Saving some money on breakfasts in particular is a great way to save money. Eating MacDonalds rather than an expensive hotel buffet breakfast is a great way to save a few dollars.
Disneyland, Disneyland, Disneyland!! It’s a must, even though both my Dad and myself are WAY to old to be going there. Thankfully there are lots of ways to save money, whilst enjoying the magic kingdom. There are great sites such as Mousesavers that give very useful hints and tips.
I’m now starting the search for discounts on helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam for when we’re in Vegas.
I need some help!!
What are some tips that you have on how to live large in the US?
Any tips on how to be comped hotels or meals in Vegas?
Post in the comments below and I’ll reply!
Awesome that you’re taking your dad over there, leaving Mrs Ikonz at home are you?
I too would love to hear some tips on Vegas and travel in general within the states.. I found it was reasonably cheap in Vegas anyway, although we did spend about $200 on a Grand Canyon Helicopter ride and ~$200 on a Cirque Du Solieu show at the Bellagio, which was well worth it..
I found the buffet at the Luxor was great and cheap, from memory less than $20, although maybe this wasn’t this cheap for the US..
Project Ikonzon 20/01/2015
Mrs Ikonz is getting to enjoy her own little break. With my dad getting older, this is one of the last big chances for a boys trip before Ikonz Jr gets a LOT more expensive.
Vegas is remarkably cheap for the experience when compared to money you would spend in Europe or even in Australia!!
Might have to try the Luxor buffet and post about it, expecially considering it’s so much cheaper than Bacchanal at Caesar’s!
Thanks for the tips Jef!
You’re welcome and April is less than 4 months away really, sounds like you’ll have a great trip
Project Ikonzon 20/01/2015
Hi Jim, I intend to be there some time in late April. Not sure if that is peak season or not.
Great rate on Mandalay Bay!
Rich Uncle ELon 22/01/2015
By vacationing you are already living large, but yes you have to be strategic to hit the best cities when visiting from abroad. You cant go wrong with Miami, LA, Las Vegas and NYC. A lot to do and see, and as soon as you’ve arrived you can get good deals by checking amazon local for things to do.
Emily @ SImple Cheap Momon 23/01/2015
It seems my last comment here wasn’t posted. I have a tip for comped rooms. My mom’s friend called up a hotel and asked. And they gave her one! Can’t hurt to try!
Project Ikonzon 23/01/2015
I’ve never asked for a comped room, but I regularly ask for free upgrades and get it! I find tipping the front desk/concierge person really helps!
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