Living Local—Mini-Retirement Trip to Las Vegas

Las Vagas Strip

Located within hours of USA’s west coast and in the midst of the dry desert, Las Vegas continues to be one of the largest tourist cities in the country. This city, also known as “Sin City”, draws in millions of people year-round, from quick, scandalous getaways to long, “stay-cations”. No one can get enough of Las Vegas, which is why some choose to live a little and take Tim Ferriss-like mini-retirement vacations in the heart of Sin City.

In his book, The 4-Hour Work Week, Tim Ferriss suggests that instead of taking one, long retirement at the end of our lives, we instead take one moderately long vacation every now and then. Las Vegas is a great place to spend one of your periods of mini-retirement.

With a wide variety of luxurious resorts, activities, and one of the most booming night lives in America, Las Vegas is always a great vacation spot. However, staying a week versus staying a month is a different story. More than likely, your life style and spending habits will be much different if you are seeking Las Vegas as a mini-retirement getaway. Learn how to live like a Las Vegas local and begin a temporary life in this city.

While it is common to assume all of your exercise will come from merely walking through the massive square-footage of Las Vegas casinos, locals usually seek out physical activity elsewhere. There are a number of gyms to join in this city to keep up with your fitness or begin a fitness routine. A lot of locals enjoy swimming to achieve their fitness goals, as well as hiking in the hilly ranges of Nevada. If you’re visiting in the warmer months, make sure your apartment/condo has a pool that’s big enough for laps.

Caesars Palace

The center of the action is the Las Vegas “Strip” (Las Vegas Blvd), which we actually love. If you want to stay on or super close to the Strip, just remember, the cost of living here is going to be pretty high with that option. If you have a car, the best value accommodation is going to be renting an apartment a few miles away from the Strip. When you do want to go to the Strip, you can take advantage of the fact that most casinos offer free parking. If you’re not comfortable renting an apartment sight unseen, we recommend planning your visit to start at the beginning of the week. You can then stay in a hotel and have Monday-Thursday to find somewhere longer term before the hotel rates skyrocket for Friday and Saturday nights. You’ll also get to have an on-Strip experience to start your stay. A mid-Strip hotel is going to offer the most convenience.

In terms of entertainment most advertising publications shed all the light on The Strip. However, to locals, The Strip is just one of the options for a night out. If you are looking for a social scene, there are great places on Main Street in Las Vegas and plenty to do outside of The Strip.

As far as grocery shopping and fulfilling your day-to-day needs, there are many shopping options to choose from. Locals tend to find the best bang for their buck at Wholefoods and Trader Joes’s, both of which have three locations in the Las Vegas area. If you don’t feeling like grocery shopping and cooking for yourself, Vegas also offers Von’s delivery service, a service that allows you to order and have your meals delivered.

Las Vagas Forum Shop

Besides entertainment, housing, food, and shopping, Las Vegas also has your transport needs covered. It has a good public bus service called the RTC which caters for both the residential areas and The Strip and Downtown. The bus that runs up and down The Strip and Downtown area is called the Deuce. There are different options of bus pass that you can purchase from 2 hours to 30 days that will save you money. Of course there is also the option of taking a cab or renting a car.

If you’re thinking that a mini-retirement, extended stay vacation in Las Vagas sounds like you, then it is important to spend some time online searching for good deals on apartment rentals and deciding where in town you want to be.

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