Fueling Travel Dreams in Las Vegas (Plus a CRAZY Hotel Sale)

Flipping through my recently expired passport, I became nostalgic for my last ten years of travel. Stamps and visas opened the memory floodgates to the five continents and countless countries I’d visited. It was like I was looking through a vintage View-Master toy. However, there was no stamp for the place that most foreshadowed my future travels—Las Vegas.

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As odd as it may sound, Las Vegas is not only one of my most favorite places in the world, but it’s likely impacted my travels the most. At the age of 21, I’d left the United States twice—spring break in Mexico and study abroad in Costa Rica. At age 22, I discovered Las Vegas. Not only did I develop a blackjack obsession, but also the city fanned the flames of my travel curiosity. In Las Vegas, I saw Roman statues and the canals of Venice. The Eiffel Tower and pyramids of Egypt felt larger-than-life. Never was I naïve enough to believe that what exists in the desert is an adequate substitute for the real thing, but it did serve as inspiration for my wanderlust.

My first trip to Las Vegas was in the spring of 1998, and I’ve probably visited the city close to 30 times. Though, it has been a good five years since I last stepped foot on the Strip. I wonder if I’d have the same fondness for Vegas. Having stood in Rome’s Colosseum and walked across the Rialto Bridge, would I still enjoy Caesars Palace and the Venetian? Living in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower for three years, would I still find the Vegas version of Paris charming? Sin City is dynamic, always innovating and keeping up with the latest trends. Hotels, bars, and restaurants have come and gone in the last half decade, and a return trip has been floating in the back of my head for quite some time.

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If you’re a Vegas junkie like me or simply have thought about visiting, there’s no better time than right now to plan a trip. Starting today {November 16}, Hotwire is offering a ridiculous rate of $50 per night on five-star hotels. I’m not joking…$50!!! Hotwire has invested $1 million in order to offer these $50 Hot Rates until the entire $1 million is spent. These obscenely low rates are good for travel between December 8-28, 2017 and can be used for two consecutive nights. Forget about cooking Christmas dinner. Belly up to an all-you-can-eat buffet instead!

So, what’s the story with these Hotwire Hot Rates? Well, Hotwire regularly partners with premium brands that we all know. These hotels want to be at full capacity, and Hotwire helps with that through Hot Rates. Rooms get filled, without the brands themselves discounting their prices, and you get an unbelievable rate.

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Before I was a Vegas ‘high roller’ with comped rooms, I regularly used Hotwire for my hotel bookings. So, if you’re new to Hotwire, let me explain how it works: The hotel’s name isn’t revealed until you’ve booked the room. You do, however, know the area, customer ratings, star rating, amenities, the name of the last hotel someone booked in that neighborhood, and whether it’s a boutique or chain hotel. Given that this Hot Rates deal is only for five-star hotels, you really can’t go wrong. And, it’s VEGAS. Take a gamble!

If you even have the slightest inkling of a thought about visiting Las Vegas then I’d hop on this deal fast. It’s sure to sell out soon. And once you’re there, please give my regards to Caesar, Cleopatra, King Arthur, and Elvis.


This post is presented by Hotwire, but all opinions are mine. This is a site that I regularly use and recommend.

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