Since I've been going to Vegas since the early eighties as an adult I thought to myself: Going to Vegas used to be cheap flights, inexpensive hotels, good cheap meals, nice shows and one of our favorite activities... Gambling It has now become: 1. Expensive flights (for the obvious reasons, oil prices or whatever) 2. Hotel prices (and Resort Fees) are though the roof especially now that some of the big corporations are in financial trouble like CET filing for bankruptcy. 10 years ago, nobody ever heard of resort fees. It's a new way to bleed you for more money and since you're going anyway, what choice do you have? 3. Granted the food has got much better over the years but it has restaurants can now get VERY expensive and even buffets approaching $30 a person and more. Even eating a sandwich at the food court is pricey now. 4. The shows are still there but with tickets averaging over $100 pp it can also add up and is it worth it? 5. Gambling limits are way up and payouts are way down. Take BJ for example, what the chance of finding a 3:2 game for anything under $50 or $100? 6. Oh, and one more thing.. Vegas it seems is evolving into more of a party town, High end night clubs (for the younger crowd), Pool/Day parties where you have to spend thousands to hang out. Bottle service, Cabana's etc. For some it's great and the "right" place to be, but for most of us "regular" tourists from across the country and other parts of the world, the trips to our beloved sin city are fast loosing their appeal. You kind of have to ask yourself, why keep going?