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Things I Wish I Knew Before Going To Las Vegas

I write this with a heavy heart.

I went to Las Vegas just one week before the mass shooting took place at the country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip where at least 59 people were killed and more than 500 were injured.

The purpose of this blog post is to inform people about Las Vegas, where to stay in Las Vegas, what to do in Las Vegas, etc. It is not intended to be insensitive towards the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tragedy that took place on October 1, 2017.

Last month, I went to Las Vegas for my friend’s 26th birthday. I had been to Las Vegas before, when I was maybe 12-years-old. But, as everyone says, that doesn’t count!

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Las Vegas isn’t really my scene. I’m not a big partier, I don’t love clubbing, I go to bed around 11 p.m. on the weekends.

However, I do think that most people should “do Vegas” at least once in their life. Ideally, go with a group of friends who love and respect you and your boundaries. Without further ado, here are some things I wish I had known before going to Las Vegas.

Where to stay in Las Vegas

Seriously, if you’re doing Las Vegas right, it doesn’t matter what hotel you are staying in. You’re hardly ever in your hotel room anyway. We stayed at Bally’s Las Vegas and loved being near the strip. There are so many hotels to choose from and each one has something cool to offer. If you’re serious about your hotel selection, check out this guide by Zeke Quesada. Otherwise, just aim to stay on or near the strip to save some serious money on transportation.

Hotels on the Las Vegas strip

How to Gamble in Las Vegas

If you are exhausted, drunk, or, in my case, just extremely confident, you will be sucked into gambling. There are penny-slots-a-plenty and everyone at those blackjack tables just looks so dang friendly. Plus, the servers bring you free drinks as long as you are actively gambling. Jokes on them, I got two free drinks and won $12.00. Made out like a freakin’ bandit.

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Things to do in Las Vegas in a weekend

Las Vegas Dress Code

Apparently there are no flip flops allowed in the clubs. We didn’t run into any issues with this, the places we went were fairly laid back about the dress code as long as you looked nice. However, they reserve the right to turn away anyone wearing logos, hats, flip flops, baggy jeans, etc. Funny story: My husband called the VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub and Lounge and asked if we were allowed in the club wearing flip flops. Not only did the bouncer say that was fine, he put us on the guest list and waved our cover charge. *hair flip*

Where to stay in Las Vegas

How to Save Money in Las Vegas

I kind of saw this coming but it was still jaw dropping to have a buy-one-get-one coupon for well drinks and still owe $20.00. Everything is expensive. My eggs benedict was $17.00, the beer at the hotel pool was $9.00, most mixed drinks were $18.00. You can get around some of this by eating at off -the-beaten-path restaurants, or, going on a weekday rather than a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. We actually saved a ton of money by stopping at the CVS and Walgreens on the strip and stocking up on drinks and snacks. When we did go out to eat, we tried to share to cut down on cost.

What to eat in Las Vegas

What Shoes to Bring to Las Vegas

I didn’t bring gym shoes on this trip and I regretted it. The strip is huge. If you plan on sightseeing bring sensible shoes. We went for a casual stroll through the hotels on our final afternoon in Las Vegas and walked over five miles. If you are one of those girls who only wears high heels to clubs (I applaud you, but I am not one of you), plan on taking a Lyft everywhere you go. You think that the club is a block away, but a Las Vegas block is so much longer than a regular block.

The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada

Looking like a Tourist in Las Vegas

Own it. Embrace it. You’re carrying your open beer on the street, you have on sensible shoes because you took my advice, you’re too busy looking at the Bellagio fountain and you don’t realize your husband is taking a photo. Look, it’s fine. Join the crowd. Just enjoy it. You’re only in Las Vegas once.

The Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas, NevadaThe Bellagio Fountain goes off every half an hour on the hour

Overall, we had a great time in Las Vegas. We proved that you can still have a good time in Las Vegas on a budget, eating drugstore sandwiches and wearing flip flops. Next time, we plan on spending more time at the Venetian hotel. That place is R A D.

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Going to Las Vegas for a weekend

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