7 Steps to Surviving Las Vegas, NV, USA

Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Strip

Being a Las Vegas native, what better way to start this blog then by giving you an insiders guide on how to survive your wild trip to Vegas. Renowned for the big casinos, pretty lights, exquisite restaurants, and over the top nightclubs, Vegas can definitely be all that you expected and more! The stories you’ve heard about partying until the sun comes up or waking up naked and broke in your hotel room are most likely true. But there are also plenty of scary stories that you should avoid having to tell your friends when you get back home. Follow these tips to make the most of your trip and go home with only awesome stories that will make all your friends back home jealous.

1. Stay Hydrated
Whether you’re going for Spring Break, New Years Eve, a Bachelorette Party, or just a wild weekend away from home, one thing’s for sure, you will be drinking. Make sure to stay hydrated to help avoid the dreaded hangover so that you can keep partying the next day. Staying hydrated will also help you in the 115°f (46°c) summers Vegas has. No one wants to wake up in a hospital bed because of heat exhaustion or dehydration.

2. Ignore the Hookers
A big misconception about Sin City is that prostitution is legal. Although there are cities outside of Las Vegas, which have legal brothels, prostitution is illegal in the city of Las Vegas. So beware of the lovely ladies walking the streets asking if you need a “date,” or you could find yourself in a jail cell by the end of the night. That’s never a good story.

3. Become Friends with Your Hotel Concierge or Nightclub Host
Las Vegas has some of the best clubs in the world, but they can be pricey and full of long lines if you don’t “know somebody.” Females have it easier and can usually get in free if they don’t mind waiting in a long line to get in. Guys on the other hand will usually have to pay, but there are ways to get reduced admission. The easiest way of doing this is by befriending your concierge or host and getting on the guest list. Most of the concierge services in the hotels along the strip are free and open to the public.

4. Be Wary of Street Hustlers
The most common “hustle” on the Las Vegas strip is selling nightclub passes. Hustlers offer free passes for complimentary admission or VIP access to nightclubs and request a “tip” as payment. Most tourists don’t realize that these passes are always free and easy to find around the strip, free of charge. Many times tourist buy passes for clubs that are not open the evening they planned to attend, but by the time you figure this out, the hustler is long gone.

5. Set a Gambling Limit
It’s easy to lose track of how much you’re spending when you’re in Las Vegas and the casinos know this all to well. To make sure you don’t go home broke, set a limit on how much you can spend gambling and stop once you’ve reached it. Trying to win your money back rarely works. Another good tip is not to gamble when you’re drunk. You’re likely to spend more then you would sober.

6. Be Mindful to Long-hauling
Long-hauling is rampant in Vegas as cab drivers look to make a few extra dollars. A good way to avoid getting long-hauled is by searching your destination on your phones’ GPS and requesting that the cab driver take a certain route. Many cabbies state they are taking a quicker route, when in actuality they take you on the “scenic” route.

7. Wear Comfortable Shoes
Most of your time in Vegas will likely be spent on the Vegas Strip, which is a stretch of about 4.5 miles (7.25 km). The Strip is a lot larger than it appears and the casinos and buildings are huge. You will be walking from your hotel room, through the casinos, along the Strip, to and from nightclubs, theatres, and restaurants so bring comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk a few miles per day. You don’t want to have to do the walk of shame down the boulevard with shoes in hand.

Tip: gratuity, donation, reward
Hustle: swindle
Long-hauling: taking a longer route for profit
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