In Other Words… Stationery, Travel, and All Else that Matters
Vegas is near and dear to my heart since this was where the beau and I started our love story. It was more of a Black Out mess of a night, but still… we found love in a hopeless place. We try to make it out to Vegas once a year, so I wanted to share some of my tips with you all!
So let’s start where most trips start… the airport.
I would avoid, at all costs, checking a bag. For some reason, getting luggage from the plane to baggage claim takes forever at McCarran. Coming from the east coast most flights get you into Vegas at night, so the last thing you want is baggage claim holding up your party-ing schedule. Remember ladies, you’ll barely be wearing anything in Vegas anyways, so pack efficiently and you should be fine not checking a bag. I actually think that I judge you a bit if you think that you will need more clothing than can fit in a carry-on for a trip to the desert. Think: Sheer, lace & tight.
When leaving the airport be prepared to stand in a line when waiting for a cab. I say, if you are in a big group… splurge and get a limo. Start the trip off right! Remember that in Vegas money is no object.
Now for checking into your hotel.
Vegas hotels are HUGE. Room upgrades should be available… so take some cash out of your pocket and slip it to the agent that checks you in. They should be able to provide you with a better view or a nicer room. During my most recent trip to Vegas, slipping a $20 to the lobby agent got us free wine and an upgrade to a room with a poolside view. [SIDENOTE: if you are someone that is stingy with your money, Vegas might not be the place for you. Take a few bucks from your late night munchie budget and give it to your lobby agent so you aren’t stuck with a room by the elevators or a room without a view].
On the topic of hotels, here are my tips for booking:
Moving on, I am guessing that after you land and check into your hotel you will now be looking to party.
My best recommendation is getting bottle service. Drinks in Vegas are expensive anyways, so sometimes it is best to just pay the extra money so that you get the drinks as well as a designated spot for you and your group. If getting bottle service is not an option and you are going to a club, I either suggest getting pre-sale tickets or making sure that you slut it up as much as possible with your girlfriends to get in quickly and ‘fo free.’
If you gamble, get on the casino floor and do some damage. You can get your pre-game on with free drinks while you steal OR donate money to the casino of your choice.
I am also a big fan of Vegas lounges. The beau and I have made a few solo trips to Vegas and we enjoy doing crawls from casino to casino trying out different lounges. There is always a new signature cocktail to try! The people watching in the lounges is AMAZING. I like to play a game similar to Celebrity or Street Walker from Fashion Police. It is called Lush-y Girlfriend or Prostitute.
Now comes the hunger struggle… where to eat.
I do have a handful of Vegas favorites to dine at, but I will have to save those for another post to list them all out. Here is the important thing – for a restaurant to survive in Vegas, it has to be good. If it is not good, there is no way they could front the rent. If there is a wait at a Vegas restaurant, it is probably REALLY GOOD since there are so many choices. Definitely make a reservation if you are going to a popular spot. Again, you don’t want to be waiting in line when you are trying to get your eat or buzz on.
No trip to Vegas would be complete without going to a buffet. Seriously, if you have not ever been to a Vegas buffet, you need to go. I suggest going for a brunch buffet after sleeping in. Cure your hangover by eating all the greasy food you want then go ahead and get the next day of drinking starting by ordering unlimited drinks along with your buffet meal. Also remember that not all buffets are created equal. Bucchanal at Caesar’s is a personal favorite… even their food presentation is amazing.
So now what else?
I personally could not stay in Vegas for more than 3 to 4 days. I don’t know what it is, but Vegas kicks my butt every time that I go. One time I went, I my digestive system did not work properly for about a month.
There are other things to do around Las Vegas if you need a breather from the party-ing:
Needless to say, the possibilities are endless in Vegas. I know that I will already be making a trip out there next year for March Madness. Leave a comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to come on that trip OR if you have any other questions that you want me to answer about Vegas!