First Time in Las Vegas: 4 Tips You Should Know

So you’re planning your first trip to Las Vegas, great choice! You’ve seen its bright lights glamorized in the movies and now you’re excited to experience the Las Vegas Strip for yourself.

I just recently returned from my first trip to Vegas and it was an amazing experience. In order to make the most of your trip, I’ve rounded up the best tips for first-time visitors.

Follow this guide to help you know what to expect so you can save money and travel like a pro!

1.Places are not as close as they appear

Even though the buildings on the Las Vegas Strip are close together, the blocks are long and it requires a lot of walking if you want to get around.

That means you can’t expect to enjoy dinner at the MGM Grand, then walk over to Treasure Island to see an evening show – it’s just not going to happen when you’re traveling on foot.

There's also a number of pedestrian-friendly footbridges at the main intersections, which makes it a little longer to cross the street.

I recommend to plan accordingly, wear comfortable shoes, carry water, and take advantage of the monorail.

2. Don't buy drinks at the casino

Unfortunately, I made this mistake on my first night in Vegas. Ordering from the casino bar will cost you $15!

Instead, if you’re looking to have a drink, I recommend having a drink or two in your hotel room first (I usually pick up my favorite drinks when I arrive in Vegas). Also, it’s legal to have an open container on the Strip (as long as it’s not a glass container), so you can carry your drinks around in a plastic cup.

Also, To save money when drinking, I recommend looking for happy hours. There are plenty on the Strip (offering various specials at certain hours). It’s also a great way to save money on food if you don’t mind eating dinner a little early or late at night.

3. Paying for events and night life activities

There's no doubt that Vegas is the PLACE to party and the city that never sleeps. I found that with proper planning you can save money by attending day party's and night clubs for free.

On the Las Vegas trip there's allot of party promoters looking for young woman to attend their events...for free! All you have to do is be on someone's guest list. But what they don't tell you is that the drinks at these events are expensive.

On an average I spent $18 per drink at these events so I advise you to drink before you arrive.

4. Visiting Las Vegas with an open mind

When you come to the adult paradise that is Las Vegas, do so with an open mind. Things not going according to plan? Take a breath and go with the flow. It may lead you to something cool you may not have discovered otherwise.

You never know what you’ll encounter when you walk down the Las Vegas Strip. But that’s half the fun. Just don’t do anything that you’ll regret, like getting an impulse tattoo or losing your shirt at the casino.

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