Las Vegas Trip Planning

So you’re heading to Las Vegas.  Awesome, right? I mean it is basically a playground for adults. Or at least that is how I feel about it. I bet you have a hundred questions running through your mind.  Where is the best place to stay? How should I pack? How many days should I go for? How do I avoid the nudie card slapping dudes (hint: can’t avoid ’em on the strip)? How am I going to get into all those clubs? How will I not go broke? And so on.

I may not be a yearly veteran to Las Vegas.  But I have had a handful of great trips there and am already entertaining a visit to go see Britney Spears next year.  The first time I went was for a bachelorette party. The second time I went was for a weekend jaunt with Ryan. And the third time I went was for a quick girls weekend with a friend.

The first time I went to Vegas was obviously when I had the most difficulty figuring plans out.  There were a lot of things to consider and a good amount of people to get input from.  Thankfully the group of girls I went with are all laid back and I found some super helpful web sites top aid in planning.

But I still found that Las Vegas was one of the hardest trips I’ve ever been involved in the planning for.  Why is that? 1) There is just an overwhelming amount of things to do 2) Las Vegas has a reputation and you don’t want to be the lame-o that ruins it. In this post I will cover the basics to get you started. I’ll jump more in depth to other considerations in future posts.

What I found helpful was figuring out one key question before I even thought about the 5 things to keep in mind when planning a vacation.

How do you want your trip to go?
Deciding this one important question will help plan the rest of your trip. It will help determine how long you will be there, where you will stay, who you go with and how much money you feel comfortable see flying out of your wallet. Las Vegas can be as crazy, raunchy and taboo as you want it.  Or it can be as chill and low-key as you like.

Option 1: Rock out with your c**k out. If you decide to go balls to the wall I can promise you three things. Two nights is more than enough time in Sin City. You will spend A LOT of money. You will most likely stick to the strip.

Option2: Relaxation & Shopping. Another one where two nights is probably enough, although a third night might not hurt.  You will also spend a lot of money. But not all your activities will take place on the strip.

Option 3: Family (read kid) Friendly.  I thought that this is worth a mention, although I cannot speak to this as I am not a parent and haven’t had a family friendly experience in Vegas. You may have to venture a bit off the strip to not get bombarded by nudie card-slapping creepsters, but you’ll find plenty for the fam to do in the city for a couple of days.

How long should you stay?
I think the magic number here is 2. 2 nights and you should be good, unless you want to do site seeing out off the Strip for hiking or to see the hoover dam during the day, in which case I would recommend a longer stay.

Coming up next:  An Overview of The Strip.  A basic overview of the strip will come in handy when determining where you want to stay if you’ve already determined how you want your trip to go.

What do you think is the most helpful thing when it comes to kick-starting a plan for Las Vegas? Let me know in the comments!

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