6 Essentials for a trip to Vegas


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Decided to head to Las Vegas? You’re in good company. Millions of people all over the world visit Vegas every year, to enjoy the party atmosphere that s different from anywhere else. However, it can be a daunting place when you are a first time visitor – not to mention expensive. We’re going to take you through a few of the common mistakes made by people visiting Vegas for the first time. And, we’ll offer a few suggestions to ensure you have a great trip.

A central hotel

First of all, Vegas is renowned for having a lot of hotels. On the face of things, it’s a good thing – but trips to the party capital of the USA can be tricky if you choose the wrong one. The idea is to go for a central hotel – somewhere that is right in the midst of the strip. Don’t just pick the cheapest one, as it will lead to a lot of travel costs when you are going in and out of the popular areas. The hotels directly outside the strip are OK, but anything further out is just too far away from the action to be worthwhile.

A lot of money

If you are looking for a cheap break away, Vegas is probably best avoided. The whole place is geared towards getting every dollar out of your hands, and although there is value available, it all costs money. You’ll need to take a considerable wedge of spending money with you, and budget your activities. And, yes, that includes your shopping!

Common sense

Everyone knows the Las Vegas reputation for being a wild place, but it can still come as a shock to some. Take the casinos for example. Whether you are winning or losing, it’s always best to have a budget per night – and to stick to it. It’s going to be hard – you might end up being given free drinks while you sit at a table, for example. But, you receive free booze for one reason only – to get you gambling more of your money. The common sense rule applies everywhere you go, too. If anything seems a little dangerous, it probably is.

A focus

Many people get to Vegas without any plan in place. It’s a mistake, as there is so much to do, and you can’t expect to see everything – even over a two-week trip. Arrange some activities for when you go, so that you have some structure to your journey. Check out events calendars and pick some events that match with your travel dates – and be quick. The National Finals Rodeo is always popular, for example, and you’ll only get hard to find NFR tickets if start searching and booking early. It’s best to go to the best shows possible, as Vegas is also home to some real stinkers. There are plenty of tribute acts and washed up old singers that are best avoided.


Finally, don’t forget to drink water – all the time. Las Vegas is smack bang in the middle of an enormous desert, and it’s hot. The combination of a desert, alcohol, and little sleep will be a harsh one of you don’t stay hydrated.


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