The lights, the attractions, the reputation – Las Vegas has it all. Vegas has played host to some of the biggest names in the history of entertainment and is the dream vacation destination for many people around the globe. However, Vegas is a monster of a city and it’s very easy to get bitten, if you allow yourselfto get lured in by the razzmatazz and the grandeur of your surroundings.
So before you board your plane to the City of Sin, it’s essential that you do your research.PartyPoker released this Las Vegas Survival Guide– looking at important aspects like flight preparation, dress code in casinos and how to overcome the dreaded jetlag. But here are a few more hints and tricks you should keep in mind, when you venture out into Las Vegas for the very first time.
Pack the Right Clothing
Vegas is a desert city, which means sweltering hot days and cool evenings. Of course, exactly how hot and how cool it gets will depend on the time of year you’re visiting, so be sure to check the forecast before you pack. As a rule of thumb however, you’ll want plenty of comfortable breathable clothing, your swimming kit for cooling off in the hotel pool and a sun hat. Covering your head in the Vegas sun really is an essential, and far too many visitors have ended up ruining their holiday with sunstroke after a morning of daytime drinking in the sun.
Of course it’s all very well being practical, but this is Vegas and you’ll definitely want to dress to impress. If you’re planning on visiting the casinos and bars in the evening, most venues will have a dress code so make sure to pack some smarter options (shoes not trainers) and a jacket for those cool Vegas nights.
Take The Bus
Traipsing around Las Vegas, especially in the midst of a summer heat-wave, can be energy sapping, laborious and even detrimental to your health. Luckily, there is a local bus service called “The Deuce”, which is available to transport sightseers around the city. You can find more information about routes and timetables here, but “The Deuce” runs 24 hours a day and stops off at every popular casino and hotel along the Vegas strip.
It Pays to Tip
There’s a widely acknowledged practice at Las Vegas hotel front desks called the “$20 trick”. Ask the hotel receptionist if there are any upgrades available when you are handing over your credit card to pay for the room. Along with your card, hand over a concealed $20 note. If there are upgrades available, this will sweeten the deal. If there isn’t, the $20 should be handed back when they return your card.
When entering restaurants, always tip your waiter/waitress before you are seated. There’s no chance you can enjoy any tipping perks if you slip it to the the staff when you’re just about to leave, but if you tip them first, you may just get a freebie or two, making your evening that little bit better.
If you split your whole Las Vegas trip between drinking, gambling and sleeping off your hangovers, you’ll run out of money and energy very quickly. There are plenty more sights to see in Vegas than a spinning roulette ball and the bottom of a martini glass.
There are plenty of articles like this one, ranking Vegas’ attraction in order of price. However, you don’t even need to pull your wallet out to enjoy some of the delights Vegas has to offer. The mesmerising fountain shows outside the Bellagio are free to watch, as are the laser and music exhibitions staged at the Freemount Street Experience. Sometimes, one of the best things to do in Vegas is to find a shady place to sit along the strip, grab yourself an ice cream and a bottle of water, then partake in a spot of people watching. There are many weird and wonderful folk who spend most of their time inLas Vegas and provide cash conscious sight seers with some free entertainment.
Best Not To Brag
You may have just won several hundred dollars after you put some chips on a random roulette number, but once you’ve left the confines of the casino and are back onto the strip, don’t start shouting about it. The majority of the people in Vegas are very warm and accommodating towards visitors, but there are people out there looking to exploit the inebriated and are willing take things from you by force. Keep your voices down when talking about winnings or any other monetary matters, stick to the well populated areas if you are carrying a lot of cash and always keep your wallet in your front pocket – as there are many skilled pick-pockets roaming the Las Vegas strip during peak season.
Have a Handle on Happy Hours
Bars and restaurants in Las Vegas can sometimes be a little expensive, especially those nearest to the strip. However, most have designated happy hours where special offers on all kinds of refreshments are available for a limited amount of time. You will find articles like this one, published by The Huffington Post, all over the internet, detailing the various designated happy hours at Las Vegas establishments. Make a note of them, plan it out on your map and go on a happy hour adventure – enjoying all sorts of consumable delights, at a much more palatable price.