Posted by Chris
After months of build up and excitement it is all over. No not Christmas!!!, my holiday to the USA. I do not think I have ever been so excited about a holiday in my life, I am sure I get worse as I get older. Unfortunately as we know all good things must come to an end – but I wanted to let everyone know that despite the weak pound there is still some fantastic value to be had in the states.
We started our trip in Las Vegas – where believe it or not, it was snowing (in the middle of the desert!). Now because of the economic situation Vegas was reasonably quiet as many Americans stay close to home. As we all know there are tens of thousands of hotel rooms to fill in the city, therefore the hotels are offering some amazing discounts to entice people to stay. If you are a gambler, I recommend joining the players clubs that each casino operates – as well as earning cash back on your spend they will usually give you loads of coupons to use in the bars and restaurants with some great savings. We found a 3 course Steak dinner (with one of the coupons) for just $5.99 – and it was amazing. Of course, if you want to blow the bank it is really easy to do so in what they call ‘Sin City’ however we did discover that Las Vegas on a budget can be just as much fun – everyone always says “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, make sure its not all of your money!
After 4 days of too much eating, drinking and not enough sleeping we moved onto New York for, well … more of the same. The Big Apple is renowned as being an expensive city, but at the moment they are almost giving things away to encourage you to spend your dollars! I spent hours in Macys, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, Century 21 ….. in fact anywhere there was a sale taking place. Many items were 75% off the already reduced prices and I bagged bargains galore. For attractions, The New York pass is your best bet – gives free entry into everything you want to see like The Empire State Building, Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty, Intrepid and Madame Tussauds to name just a few and we saved absolute fortune over the individual entry prices.
Then we rounded off our trip in Connecticut, spending a fantastic (and very white) Christmas and New Year with family and thankfully, still with enough money left in our pockets to consider doing it all over again!