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Survival Tips For a Successful Las Vegas Vacation

Planning a trip to Las Vegas? Check out these tips from Kat Mykals.

Close-up of a slot machine in Las Vegas
Yarek Gnatowski

The City That Never Sleeps. It is a sight to see, for sure. After a recent visit to Las Vegas, I thought I would share some insight into making your next Vegas vacation a success!

Booking Your Hotel

Book a hotel in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard. You will want to see all of the sights, and you will be doing that mostly on foot. If you’re in the middle of The Strip, it will make it a manageable experience and your feet will thank you.

Carry Some Singles

When you are out walking The Strip, you will encounter street performers and folks dressed in costume for photo opportunities. They work on tips, and you don’t want to miss a chance to grab a photo with Dr. Evil or a Vegas Showgirl just because all you’ve got are twenties. Also, when you see a photo opportunity – take it! You may not be able to catch that particular performer or character later.

Find The Free Stuff

Most everything in Vegas requires a little green to pave the way, but there are plenty of free experiences in Sin City as well. Do your homework, and you’ll be able to find them. A couple of my favorites: The fountains at the Bellagio, the volcano eruptions at The Mirage, and the light display on Fremont Street.

Visit Fremont Street

The Fremont Street Experience is a must see when in Vegas. Fremont is the original downtown of Las Vegas. These are the old school gangster casinos. A quick internet search will show you the rich history of The Golden Nuggets and Binions. There are tons of street performers, and some really great penny slots on Fremont. If you’re looking for souvenirs, this is the place to get them too.

Take The Bus

There is a great public transport system in Vegas, and for $8 a person, you can ride for a full 24 hours to and from any stop on the route. It’s a whole lot cheaper than taking a cab, and not only will it take you from one end of The Strip to the other, but it will take you to Fremont Street and back as well.

Take In A Show

The shows in Vegas are incredible. There is literally something for everyone from big name performers to drag show impersonators. Check with your hotel. You may be able to get free or discounted tickets for being a guest of the hotel.

Plan Your Spending

Las Vegas and gambling go hand in hand. If you do plan to do some wagering, set limits. How much money are you willing to lose? Remember the odds are always in favor of the house. Those billion dollar hotels and casinos were not built because tourist win money when they are there. At best, hope to win enough to keep you playing for a while. When you’ve spent your allotted amount for the day, call it a day, and try again tomorrow.

Be Comfortable

While it may be important to you to look good in Sin City, you also will want to be comfortable. Like I said, you will do a lot of walking. Even the hotels that are right beside each other, are still a hefty walk, especially in heels, and nobody wants blistered feet.

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