I changed jobs at the casino I work at and for the first time in my life I am making 30k a year give or take a K (most before that was 22k) and km thinking that I should be able to save enough to make a trip in 6 months or so. In reality the only thing stopping me is being a single parent of a 12 year old. Background, been going to Vegas since 1986 or 87 (since I was 8 or 9), use to be yearly, then every 6 months through early 90s, then in 97 when I was 18 was the first time as an adult. I went in 2002, 2005 and 2011, In 05 and 11 I went during the first/second week of March and just love it at that time. My opinions I find are limited. 1st option, I could intro my son who will be 13 to Vegas, he really wants to go but it's really my last resort. Back when I was going at that age it was not uncommon to be wondering around alone at midnight between stardust (where we stayed) and circus circus, now obviously that area is a ghost town. 2nd option is really two options. The only people family wise to him that could watch him are his grandparents but they are nearly 3 hours away. Only negative is he would miss school (same as if I took him with me). Otherwise I could ask and offer to pay his current sitter a decent amount, she is local and so school would not be an issue. 3rd, I can skip going my favorite time of year and visit during the brutal summer while he is visiting his mom in Texas. For the most part that is the ideal idea but I really don't like going in July /august due to hear and it is much farther out. I feel gambling wise this could be my best trip, working as a dealer in a casino I now have a strong understanding of the games where I honestly knew very little before. Obviously I don't plan on hitting vegas thinking I'm going to get rich, I always plan on the money I take staying there, but the enjoyment maybe more knowing what I am doing. I may bring the idea up to the sitter soon and see what she says, also the grandparents, I'd love to be able to get the time off work set up and buy my ticket and reserve the room.