Well it was certainly nice to return to Vegas (and visit the U.S. again) after having no opportunity to do so for the past 15 years. This was my fifth trip, but all previous trips were taken 15-25 years ago. This was a solo trip. My accommodation I always used to stay at the Key Largo in East Flamingo (cheap and not too far from the strip), but that had burned down a few year after my last trip, so I stayed at Tuscany Suites nearby this time. For what little they charged, (proud low-roller here) I was very happy with the facility overall including the room and the casino and restaurants. Not a great pool (my stay was for 7 nights in the last week in July), but a nice relaxed vibe overall at the complex, mostly friendly staff, and an easy walk to a nearby 711 and the central strip. Rooms were very spacious, and included an empty fridge and a coffee maker and daily coffee and tea supplies. Unfortunately no microwave, but this could be supplied free upon request. Zero included eating utensils in the advertised kitchenette in the room was not a welcome sign, but at least they supplied paper and plastic cups, which was better than nothing. Housekeeping was solid, from my experience. The in-room flat screen TV was very small though. My daily routine The USD is currently very expensive for us Australians (it takes 1,500 of our dollars to buy 1,000 USD). So since I only had an allocated budget of $100 USD for gambling each day, and it was also very hot (I was coming from a Southern Hemisphere winter) I mostly hung around and relaxed in the hotel complex during the day (including the pool), and then gambled at night. Hence the kitchenette came in very handy (one of the reasons I chose Tuscany), because I could basically eat breakfast in my room, and also come back to the room to make a wrap/sub or something for lunch, and then head out to gamble from about 6pm, and have a take-out burger or something for dinner in one of the casino food courts. Being a solo trip I didn't really want to eat at Restaurants. And my wife cooks pretty healthy at home so it was also nice to have a bit of a junk fest for a week. There was an Albertson's supermarket on East Flamingo where I was able to stock up on food, snacks and drinks, at the start of the trip. Gambling I really do prefer single-zero roulette. My craps was also very rusty having not played that for so many years. And blackjack has never been a game that I (personally speaking) enjoy much. So with my gambling budget also being limited, I was only gambling on the slots this trip, and only betting minimum bets per spin. e.g. 30-60 cents per spin, depending on the machine. Even with those low roller figures though, I still had to take a few breaks and walk around or change casino or machine to avoid blowing through my hundred too quickly. I was thankful that the casinos I gambled at still had drink service that was not strictly tied to the gambling spend. I joined the main players card programs, but soon figured out that they were probably not a lot of use to a low roller/occasional visitor like myself. Nice for a discount on a buffet or something though. The casinos I gambled at were: Tuscany suites, Ellis Island, Bally's, Cromwell, Aria, Mandalay Bay, Palms, and Rio. I also saw the 'Blue Man Group' at Luxor and 'Love the Beatles' at the Mirage. Off-strip and other experiences I also rented a car on 2 separate occasions from Enterprise at the Westin, so I could visit some further away off-strip activities. I was able to visit the Gun Store and enjoy (under safe supervision) trying some target shooting on various types of guns (an almost impossible thing to do in Australia). And I also visited SpeedVegas to experience driving a fast car that I would probably never be able to afford to buy in my real world. I also visited the Red Rock conservation area, which was beautiful in its own unique desert type way, and the Red Rock Resort for lunch and gambling, which was a very nice resort indeed. I headed downtown one evening to check out the Fremont Experience, and also to gamble at El Cortez. Having not had the chance to shop in the U.S. for such a long time, I visited what used to be called the Belz shopping mall (now called South Premium Outlet), which was air conditioned and absolutely fine for buying clothes for myself and presents for others back home. And of course I also took a walk (really early one morning before it got too hot) along the full length of the strip. All in though, even travelling as mostly a low roller, my cost for a week away with cheap economy flights (United), low cost accommodation (Tuscany), gambling $100 per day, a bit of shopping, some Ubers, a few experiences and shows, and just eating cheap food, was still about $6,000 Australian ($4,000 USD). Quite expensive for me based on my current income and life stage, but everyone needs a holiday to refresh every now and then, and I sure enjoyed mine . What I enjoyed the most * Just being back in Vegas - what more can I say, It's Vegas! * Visiting Red Rock and El Cortez. - I loved the beauty of the Red Rock natural area, including the very nice resort. And I loved the old school retro 1960s/70s vibe of El Cortez. * Loose slots at Ellis Island - I won well on most machines both times I went there, unlike many other newer, larger and flashier casinos. The cocktail waitress service was also very regular and their brewed beer and cheap meals were both delicious. * My accommodation at Tuscany Suites - Honestly, I was so happy overall with everything there, based on the very reasonable low season summer prices in late July. * Being able to catch Ubers at half the price of a taxi - and they didn't try to 'long-haul' me either What I enjoyed the least * Paying resort fees for the first time - well documented already in various gripes by other travellers I'm sure. * Vegas traffic and crazy drivers - no doubt I was also one of those crazy drivers, seeing as I have been driving only on the left side of the road for the past 35+ years, LOL! All in all though, I'd just Uber next time, as the rent-a-car was pretty stressful for a an older guy like me from a tiny town who is used to zero traffic. * Tipping and various extra Taxes - it takes us Aussies a bit of time to get used to that. * Panhandlers and Scammers on the Strip and downtown - this speaks for itself What had changed * A few old casinos had gone down and a few new ones had gone up in the past 15 years. - as any visitor to Vegas would know, change is the only constant. * Prices and fees had gone up significantly for basically everything. - e.g. resort fees, e.g. general increase of food and beverage and entertainment and experience prices to diversify casino income away from the older model of subsidising everything and then just trying to earn profits from gambling. * The proud embracing of retro and old-school in the downtown area - Quite a few of the properties downtown seemed to realise that some gamblers/visitors are attracted by the cheap and retro and old-school vibe of old-Vegas and had embraced this. My view is 'don't change a thing'. So that's my trip report for those who were interested, and thanks for reading. All the best, and keep smiling and god bless to all.