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How I saved $400 on a 6 days stay in Vegas.


Recently my wife and I’ve travelled to Vegas. It was a week trip, we stayed in Las Vegas for five days with an additional day booking and in Grand Canyon for two days.

After booking flight and rental car the next point where majority of the budget is spent is for the stay. Since it’s one of the main tourist location and costs per night at hotels of all ranges were considerably high. Especially in Las Vegas, hotels near strip were approximately $85-$130 per night even in an average hotels.

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This is price as of today in other Hotels, It was more when I visited last month.

When it comes to hotel, we have very little control over the room that we’re going to stay and the reviews might not help sometimes as the review will be in general for the particular hotel in that location. For example Holiday Inn or Westin or Sheraton in a particular location has got 4.1 star review, there might be hundred rooms in that hotel and there are possibilities we might end up in a room that got one star.

When I made my flight ticket purchase through Expedia, I’ve also made hotel booking as Expedia listed a 15% discount or some discount. After I made my hotel reservation, I felt that we’ve spent more on the stay, that’s when I thought about Airbnb. I’ve already used Airbnb to stay in two different states. Once in Virginia and other time in New Hampshire. I’ve also promoted Airbnb in my blog when it was newly launched in India few years back.

I wondered why didn’t I thought about it at first and I went on to find a best home to stay in Vegas. It didn’t take me more than 15 mins to find a fantastic place which was very close to Vegas strip (the road with Casinos on both sides). And the best part was the price! I got a home for $25/night and the host had a great review and was a “super host”, a term in Airbnb for the hosts who has more 5 star reviews from the guests. I was super happy to see that and immediately made my booking with them for my day 1 and then again at the same home from day 4-day7.

I even booked an additional day with them as my flight back to New Jersey was very late at night. Since the checkout time was 11 AM and my flight was 11:50 PM, I didn’t want to keep my wife somewhere in vestibule the whole day till late night flight in that hot weather. So on whole I booked this home for 6 days (1+5) and my price was $177.77 with tax! It could have been even less if I’d a continues 6 days stay, as there was a break in my stay in Vegas, I’d to pay few breakage in both bills separately. This could have been easily $550-$580 with tax if I’d gone for even the lowest price hotel.

It was a villa with two rooms listed for guests. The host was at the ground floor and we’d our room upstairs. Quiet and cozy. Absolutely felt like Home away from Home! I went through the photos of the house before making the booking and went through the reviews, as the review here is particularly for the room that we’re going to stay. That’s the difference in reviews between hotel rooms and for the home listed in Airbnb.

And that’s how I saved $400 in my 6 days stay at Las Vegas! You can definitely save a good price if your destination is a prime spot or if you’re planning for different number of days. If you haven’t tried Airbnb yet, get a $40 for your first booking when you make a trip for more than $75. Visit this link and create an account www.airbnb.com/c/bkesavan

Do send this link to your friend who is planning for a trip!

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What’s on your list?


I can remember from my childhood memories that my parents have always told me to go around places. Since my childhood they have always supported me whenever I said I want to go for a trip. Even at worst financial situation they haven’t said no to me. My mom had always told me to visit as much places as I can, be like my dad who had visited so many places in his childhood. Those words keep me going. Even if not frequently but more often.

There was a time when many places around the nation have become tourist spots and several places were considered to be good for stay only through person to person communication and that is how people recommended others to enjoy the beauty which they had visited. Even an average movie will look good when it’s watched in good ambiance, and a very good movie might not interest when the atmosphere is not comfortable. This holds same for the places as well. One should feel safe. Be at sight seeing or at the place of stay.

There was a time only very few cities and several countries were tourist attracts and that were affordable only by rich. The world is different today. Many countries are trying to be tourists friendly, by leveraging visas, making it easily accessible to others. As you might be aware that India is providing online tourist visas to 45+ countries and first phase of countries have been announced for this. Being tourists friendly many countries are encouraging people to visit their nation and admire the beauty of nature in their homeland.

Visa has become tourist friendly. What else is left out? Flight ticket, accommodation!! A major role in visiting places which is depended on the wallet! Today a common man can afford to go around places, as several airlines provides discounts at affordable price. There are many websites which helps us in finding right place to stay; which are safe and affordable as we know that accommodation plays main role in keeping our mind relaxed to enjoy the place of visit by making sure that the price is affordable, and safe for the luggage.

When I thought what are the places that I want to visit! I’d visited Airbnb and discovered that there are 190+ countries and 34,000 cities! More over, the accommodation are not what I thought it would look like. Airbnb has accommodation that would make one to stay there forever. It has beautiful accommodation across all countries. I’d created my wishlist to visit places and especially the accommodation.

Visit my wish list and discover more for you :). Don’t forget to visit my Referral link, as you get rewards for your every bookings.

Here is my wishlist (Click on the link :)). What’s on your list? :)

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