Unfrugal Places To Visit

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Good morning, Club Thrifty Enthusiasts!  Today I am participating in an awesome giveaway with some other awesome bloggers.  In fact, we’re giving away $900….just because it’s fun.  To tie in with the theme of today’s giveaway, I thought I would write a little about my favorite unfrugal places to visit.  Although I’m currently on FALL FINANCIAL LOCKDOWN, I can still reminisce about some unfrugal places to visit, am I right?

New Orleans, Louisiana- The Big Easy is by far my favorite place to party and people watch.  I love seeing absolutely crazy people on their home turf, and New Orleans is the perfect place to do just that.  Sure, New Orleans is slightly disgustingly dirty, but it’s a complete blast if you’re willing to occasionally walk through puke on the street.  Greg and I love to get a hotel on Royal Street and saunter over to Bourbon St. with giant alcoholic beverages in hand.  Once we walk around for a while, Greg usually likes to listen to some jazz.  And if he gets drunk enough, he might even start scatting.  This can really be a special treat for those who enjoy awkward moments like I do.  New Orleans is definitely one of my favorite unfrugal places to visit and we cannot wait to go back!

Las Vegas, Nevada- Have I mentioned that I’m a freak magnet?  No matter where I go and what I do, the strangest people seem to be drawn to me.  Anyway, Vegas is another fun place to people watch and see all kinds of crazy things.  And the cool thing about Las Vegas is that there are plenty of free things to do if you look hard enough.  Greg and I both like to play poker (with a pre-set budget, of course!) and Greg recently learned to play craps.  If you don’t gamble, there are still plenty of free shows and sights to see.  Hell, the casinos themselves are absolutely amazing to look at…and that doesn’t cost a dime!

Playa del Carmen, Mexico- If you haven’t read about it, I just visited Mexico last week and we had angreg holly playa absolute blast.  The town’s main tourist area, 5th Avenue, is a lot like Bourbon street except for the fact that it’s a lot cleaner and nicer.  In fact, it’s a lot more upscale than I had ever imagined.  The bar scene is super cool and there are a ton of cool looking restaurants as well.   I drank Tequila, played with a monkey, rode a jet ski in the Caribbean, and tried to talk Greg into adopting a Mexican baby…so you KNOW I had a good time.  This is one place that we will definitely be going back to- on a budget, of course.  We did book this vacation through Expedia and got an awesome deal!


So…there you go.  These are some of the unfrugal places to visit that I happen to love.  Make sure to take a moment to participate in this awesome giveaway.  Remember, this giveaway is worldwide so anyone can participate.  All winnings will be paid via Paypal.


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  1. Haha a freak magnet? Oh boy. Vegas is a fun place to visit and can be as inexpensive or as expensive as you want it to be. I definitely want to go back there sometime. Happy to be co-hosting with you!

    1. Exactly! I love the free light show at Freemont St. and the water show at the Bellagio. Those are both free and I could watch them for hours!

  2. I’m going to New Orleans this month and I’m so excited!

  3. I love New Orleans too. I met my wife there and had my bachelor party there. Bourbon Street is definitely dirty, but the food is great, the music is great, and the city never closes. Lots of fun.

    1. The food is awesome. My two favorite restaurants are Royal St. Oyster House and La Bayou on Bourbon! I love corn and crab bisque.

  4. I’ve never been to New Orleans, but really want to visit there someday. We love going to Vegas – you can just people watch all day! We just finished up our last credit card, so we’re going to be getting our free plane tickets in a few weeks for our trip in a few months. 🙂

  5. I am off to NOLA in October, and I’m very excited. I am sure it will be very unfrugal. I didn’t know it was that dirty, though – I hate dirty cities. I didn’t really like NYC because it it’s grime.

    1. It is so dirty that you won’t believe it. It actually smells like trash. You’ll know exactly what I mean when you get there!

  6. I always seem to end up spending more than I intended when I visit new places with the family. So nowadays I make sure I have twice as much money available as I expect to spend and then I always know that I will be able to afford my trip!

  7. I loved Australia, Hawaii and Alaska!

    1. Never been to any of those but all three of them are on my list!

  8. You really do attract some weirdos – that 3rd pic especially! Jk! =).

  9. Those are some great places. I’ve been to Las Vegas and Playa del Carmen before, but never to New Orleans. I really enjoyed Las Vegas, but I could only handle it for a few days. My favorite vacation so far has been my honeymoon to Sandals in Jamaica. That was a great resort and a ton of fun.

    1. I totally agree! We went to Vegas last March for a work seminar and we were there for five days. It was fun but it was waaaaaaaaaaaay too long. I was totally overstimulated by the time we left.

  10. I did the whole backpack in Europe thing many moons ago. We did it cheap, and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

  11. I’m not a gambler and Vegas was pretty cheap for me. Flights and hotels are pretty affordable because I think they will make up the money on your gambling there. Plus they often have cheap eats at a lot of places. I could spend a lot of time just walking around the casinos and there are plenty of free entertainment.

    1. Totally agree! It’s a fun place to just walk around….but there’s so much walking! Everything is so spread out!!!

  12. NOLA is definitely one of those places I’d like to visit. New Zealand was probably the most expensive trip I’ve ever taken, and it was worth every penny!

  13. I visited Vegas twice, never been to New Orleans and Mexico but I am definitely planning to visit the Caribbean some time.

    1. There are a lot more places I want to go in the Caribbean!

  14. My wife and I love Vegas. We are a 1 – 2 times a year couple. Of course since my father in law just got a job with MGM properties and moved out there we will probably be more like 5 – 6 times a year people. The good news is the free place to stay and if we want to stay in a casino one night his discount will make things much more affordable… heck I may finally be willing to stay in the Bellagio!

    I agree with most, we do Vegas for three days (usually Friday evening-Sunday Night), go hard, come home.

  15. Last year, My wife and I finally visited New Orleans. It has taken many years (over 35 years), but well worth it. Great food and entertainment.

  16. New Orleans is definitely fun! I grew up 30 minutes outside of the city and it is crazzzzy. 🙂 Glad you had a good time there. Also, thanks for cohosting today!

  17. Nick @ AYoungPro.com says:

    I’ve never been to New Orleans, but I would love to visit there some day!

  18. I’m definitely a huge Mexico fan! Playa Del Carmen is gorgeous! We’ll probably end doing Hawaii for the next few years when we need sunlight because I think it’d be easier with the baby. Hopefully I’ll get back there soon, though!

    1. I’ve never been to Hawaii…..but I would love to!

  19. As it happens, I’ve been to each of those places more than once.

    Las Vegas…yes…those were certainly non-frugal experiences. I think I helped pay for the volcano attraction outside of The Mirage.

    But my ultimate non-frugal place to visit was Lake Como. Holy @%%!

    1. You aren’t the only one who paid for the volcano attraction!!!!!

  20. i honestly think every travel situation isnt frugal! It is how u spend the time!

    1. So true. Traveling usually isn’t all that frugal.

  21. These sound like some great places to visit. We want to visit New Orleans, so this has ignited that passion. Thanks Holly!

  22. Nice, I’ll be heading to Playa del Carmen later this month, so hopefully I’ll have just as much fun. I’ll pass on the monkey, but jet skiing sounds good to me!

  23. sarah sar says:

    I’ve never been to New Orleans but I’m adding it to my list now!!

  24. My favorite vacation was when I had the opportunity to travel with my wife to Italy!

  25. Vegas has indeed a lot of ways to make you spend a lot. But there are also a lot of things that won’t require you to spend too much. And this is definitely one of the best places I’ve been.

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