Last week Trip Advisor released their TripIndex list of the most affordable places to vacation in America and Las Vegas came in as the cheapest. How ’bout that?!
Among TripIndex Cities, Honolulu rings up the biggest tab as the most expensive U.S. destination with a TripIndex cost of $504.94, while Las Vegas offers the most affordable stay at $272.94.
Typically I find lists like this to be a waste for customers as they’re generated to sell something or gain traffic but Trip Advisor has been around long enough not to make me laugh at their lists. That’s not to say Trip Advisor isn’t using TripIndex to gain traffic but it’s generally the place everyone I know looks for travel reviews. Once you scrape through the 90% of reviews that are fake or people with an axe to grind there is useful information.
Prices for luxury hotels on the Vegas Strip and resort fees take the attention away from how affordable Vegas can still be for people if that’s what they want. I don’t always want a vacation on a budget but my hotel room at The D for my summer vacation is only $50 on a Saturday (My $40 room was pretty sweet). I’ll be using my fancy Platinum Total Rewards status to get free rooms at Flamingo for the rest of my time away. This will allow me to blow more money on steak and gambling. You can’t hate that!
The TripIndex list also has Miami and New Orleans on the cheapest places to vacation. I’m really not a fan of anywhere in Florida for vacation but I looooooove New Orleans and will always recommend that a place to visit. Beside great food, drink and culture they have casinos. Harrah’s is walking distance to just about every tourist area as well as Mother’s where you will get one of the best Po’ Boys in the city.
Spring Training is here and it’s time for baseball! This is one of my favorite times of the year. Since I’m so stoked I think it’s time to look forward to the season with MLB futures odds. We’ll look at the futures from sportsbook.com from division winners and then to win the world series. As always, check sportsbook.com for exact odds as they change all the time.
I don’t like to make many futures bets, in part, because I don’t like to have my money tied up for almost an entire year. That being said I decided to make one baseball futures play this year and that’s all.
The Phillies are the obvious favorite to win the NationalLeague with their amazing pitching staff. They were also big favorites last year when the SanFranciscoGiants picked them apart with their great pitching. The Giants are only 7.5-1 to win the NL this year. That’s not long enough odds to me for a team that got hot at the right time. My one and only play in baseball futures went to the MilwaukeeBrewers. I saw (and bet) them at PlanetHollywood at 25-1 to win the NL and they’re now 15-1 everywhere. The Brewers added some excellent pitchers and have Prince Fielder playing for a free agent contract next year. They should still have long odds to the Phillies, but I think they have a lot in their favor and will keep my fingers crossed watching one of my favorite teams in baseball all season.