My Favorite Way to Travel? Spontaneously.

January 20, 2009

I’ve read a lot about ecotravel, voluntourism, staycations and flashpacking. All of those terms identify you as a member of a niche market. You want to travel sustainably, or for the greater good, or without going too far from home, or with the ability to capture and blog every moment.

Rather than focusing on how I travel though, I like to think more about why, and when. Ideally, the answers to those questions are “to enrich myself”, and “whenever possible”, respectively.

mandm_vegasAnd so, when a friend I haven’t seen in a while gives me a week’s notice that he’s coming to the States, I feel it’s my duty to myself, my desire for powerful life experiences and my need for a little fun that I hurry up and book a flight to Las Vegas.

Yep. Endless buffets, dancing on tables and free drinks are just some of the sacrifices that a true traveler must make.

The problem with spontaneous travel is that it’s not always cheap, and the logistics can be difficult to work out. Luckily, I had some extra days off to use, and getting from San Francisco to Vegas is never very expensive. So, I’m headed to the Strip this weekend to show an Englishman a good time.

Some of my favorite free things to do in Vegas:

  • Watch the fountains at the Bellagio
  • Look for pirates at Treasure Island
  • Ogle the displays of multi-colored candy at M&M World
  • Walk along the canals of the Venetian and listen to the gondoliers sing
  • People watch

One of the great things about Vegas is you don’t really have to look for student deals because the regular deals are just as good. In the winter months you can find affordable rooms in many casinos, you can eat really well for $10 or less almost anywhere, and there’s no shortage of things to walk around and look at.

Viva Las Vegas!

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