Planning your first trip to Las Vegas? Think you’ve got it all figured out because you’ve watched all The Hangover movies as well as the entire Oceans series? Think again. All the sights and activities available in Vegas may provide myriad draw cards for the City of Sin, but they can also be rather overwhelming for the first-time visitor.
If you want to prevent your dream holiday from turning into a disaster, take a few minutes to consult our Top Five tips for Vegas visitors:
Do your Homework
This tip applies as much to gambling in general as it does to Vegas itself. Long before you board the plane or start up your car’s engine for that ultimate road trip, you need to familiarize yourself with both the layout of the city and the ins and outs of the casino games you intend to play.
You’ve already started this homework by reading this article and can easily obtain more important information online. There are numerous websites that offer easy-to-understand gambling tips and there are almost as many that can tell you everything you need to know about Las Vegas. We even recommend a careful Google Maps look at the city from the sky so you can really get the lay of the land. This research will also help you to choose the right hotel for your needs.
Don’t Underestimate Distances
While you’re doing that map analysis, take note of the actual distances between places. At first glance, buildings may appear closer to one another than they actually are because they are packed in tight along the Strip but you would be wise to remember that this famous Vegas street is actually seven miles long.
Fortunately, Vegas has plenty of convenient public transportation options, including trams, the Monorail and the Big Bus (which provides a narrated tour).
Schedule Refreshment Breaks Carefully
Over 40 million visitors travel to Las Vegas every year. So you can imagine the queue at the hotel buffet! Our advice is to avoid peak meal times at your hotel and outside so that you can easily get a table and avoid crowds.
Also, where you choose to drink can have a major impact on your Vegas experience (and your wallet). Instead of purchasing drinks at the casino bar, wait for the cocktail waitress to come around to your machine or table. You’ll find that the drinks on the casino floor are often cheaper (or even free) to keep you playing.
And remember… always, always wear sunscreen.