7 Ways to Ruin Your Vegas Vacation

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Have you ever went on vacation and could not wait to leave the hotel and head back home? It happens in Las Vegas far more than it should. Usually it involves gambling, drinking, and Sin City shenanigans. It can involve marrying a girl you just met or a bad sunburn after falling asleep at the pool. But, odds are, if you follow a couple of simple instructions, your Las Vegas vacation will be perfect.

Be the person with the great stories when you get back to work instead of that guy who slept for two days straight after one evening at a nightclub in Las Vegas. This is the behavior to avoid in Las Vegas:

Go Broke Gambling

It's said that the lights of Las Vegas are paid for by the millions of people who drop coins in the slot machines. People visit Las Vegas with the idea that they will win the big jackpot and go home rich, but that rarely ever happens.

If you try to break the bank you are setting yourself up for a disastrous vacation. Get free drinks, play lower limit tables, and think less about the money you are going to win and more about the good time you are having. Vacations should be relaxing, not stressful!

There are plenty of affordable things to do in Las Vegas that let you save more money to try the good Sin City restaurants. There are also free attractions on the Las Vegas strip, so take in the art at Aria Resort, see the gardens at Bellagio Las Vegas, and walk around The Park Las Vegas and the LINQ Entertainment district.

Drink Too Much

This happens to a lot of Las Vegas visitors. You sit down at a slot machine and soon you realize that your two-dollar tip is going a long way. The cocktail waitress keeps bringing over fresh drinks and you can no longer feel your toes.

It is a common mistake people make when they head to Las Vegas. Drink until you can’t drink anymore. Pace yourself, there is no requirement in Las Vegas to have all your fun the second you sit down at your first table. Take your time and enjoy yourself. Try to remember that alcohol impairs your judgment and when you are trying to count to 21 you need to see your fingers for that high level math.

So, what if you do drink too much? Hydrate, eat, and then hydrate some more. Another good idea is walking around and spreading around your party time. The more time you spend walking, the better the party feels after a few days of endless fun in Las Vegas.

Pick the Wrong Hotel

How often do people book the wrong hotel when they travel to Las Vegas? Well, look around some hotels and you can see the couple dragging the young kids across the casino just to get to a place where they can have a family-friendly meal. Las Vegas is not the kid haven it was in the late 90s, but it is still a place that has pockets of younger attractions. When selecting a hotel for your trip, consider what you will be doing. Are you a family? Is this a girls' weekend? Bachelor party? Second honeymoon?

If you are out to have a grand time Las Vegas style, you really need to be where the crowds swell after midnight. If you want to spend time by the pool with your kids, you should probably be checking out the family-friendly hotels. If you are on a tight budget but still want to have a good time, you should be looking at the budget hotels. Things to think about when selecting hotels: location, food choices, casino, bars, nightlife, pool, and cost.

Drive Anywhere on the Las Vegas Strip

While in Las Vegas do not even think about driving. Traffic on the Las Vegas strip is always bad and you really do not need to spend your vacation looking at the sights from a car. Instead, take a taxi or utilize the Las Vegas monorail. Las Vegas is a great walking town so take advantage of all there is to see on the Las Vegas Strip and get in a little exercise while you are at it. If you must get in a car, try Uber or Lyft and they can get you to your destination quickly and without the need to look for parking.

Remember walking is always fun and as long as the Las Vegas weather is good you might as well see more of the Las Vegas strip.

Be Unprepared for the Elements

You should, however, realize that if you plan on enjoying Las Vegas during the warmer months you need to be prepared for the relentless heat. Drink water, apply lots of sunscreen, wear light clothes, and be careful as you walk the strip.

Buy into the Hype

Some things you should understand about the Las Vegas hype: if it happens in Las Vegas, it does not always stay in Vegas. Las Vegas is still under U.S. federal law, so understand that those things that are forbidden at home are probably forbidden in Sin City. Stay away from drinking and driving or unruly and illicit behavior.

Although brothels are legal in the state of Nevada, prostitution is not. Do not get caught in some bad situation that you have to explain later. In almost every Las Vegas Casino you are bound to see a few working girls; while this practice is slowly being cleaned up, it still exists and can get you in trouble.

The Club scene is very hot in Las Vegas too, so be sure to understand that when you wait in line to get in you will be paying a cover that hovers around $20 to $30 just to pay $12 for drinks. For a better alternative, you could always find a great lounge at one of the higher end hotels—like Mandalay Bay, Mirage, Venetian, or Wynn—and have a lot of the same action for a fraction of the cost.

Know What to Expect

If you have a problem with smokers, drinkers, and loud drunks, you will want to stay away from the casino from about 10 p.m. until 3 a.m. For those taking children, just be prepared to explain a few things about gambling, drinking, and bad behavior. Don't be surprised to see people drinking in public, strip club advertisements, and smokers completely disregarding their personal space. That’s what makes Las Vegas what it is. If you love to have let loose and have fun, you should be in for a good time.

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