I took an impromptu vacation, and it was to.. Las Vegas!!
I had been talking to the boy about places we wanted to go, and it came up that neither of us had ever been to Vegas. So, that Sunday, he proposed that take a weekend trip.
Which was a wonderful idea until I got the flu.
Thankfully all the reservations could be moved around, and we ended up staying at a better hotel on the strip. So I suppose everything happens for a reason– even if it means getting terribly ill. I’m still drinking the gatorade I stocked my fridge with..
As someone who has no interest in gambling, or desert heat, or nightclubs or dancing, I never thought I’d want to go to Vegas. And certainly the backbone to this trip wasn’t “experience Vegas” but “see and do everything over the top because it’s Vegas and ridiculous and we can see a lion in a hotel.” It’s the only place in the world that I would not only agree to, but insist upon, purchasing a half-a-yard daquiri. Which was a poor, terrible, awful decision and which I’m so glad I did. Being a tourist is a bit embarrassing but in a city like Las Vegas you might as well embrace it and go the whole yard. Or yard and a half in this case I suppose. (haaa? haaaaaa?? these are my jokes.) I’m already dream-planning another trip, but this time, probably, with my lady friends. And for my future reference..
—DO go to a buffet no matter how long the line seems because it’s decadent and you’ll eat under gigantic floral arrangements and get to listen to European bros talk about their work out routine. Maybe for you I’m not really selling it but for me it was a definite high point.
—But DO NOT get the sushi or Asian food at all. Maybe I went to the wrong place? Maybe I’m a snob? But Las Vegas clearly didn’t understand what an udon noodle really is.
—DO stay on the strip. Naturally I hated that I got sick and caused such a massive inconvenience, but I’m so so so glad that we ended up on a hotel on the strip as opposed to the first choice. It was nice to be able to just stumble into bed right after being done rather than mess with taxis and terrible traffic, my feet thanked me.
—DO go to a spa or do some sort of ridiculous over the top treatment. I didn’t this time around because, well, boys, but you can bet that it’s one of the first things I’ll insist upon come round two.
—DO dress up. I could write scores and pages as to how you should always look your best regardless but really always make the effort when you’re on vacation, no matter how much you might be walking, no matter how tempting white tennies and fanny packs may be. YOU will feel better when you look great, and people respond so much more positively when you do. He and I dressed to the nines at elevensies and it was all part of the experience.
—Although that being said DO NOT wear heels, or at least carry flats with you. I nearly made this mistake, since I have the perfect sparkly Vegas heels- but after reading repeated warnings that the strip is much bigger than you’d imagine, I grudgingly opted for flip flops and flats. And boy was I glad of it! Everywhere we went poor girls were walking bare foot up and down the street with their heels in hand.
—DO drink lots of water, carry band aids, asprin, and lotion. I had to fight with my luggage to get all my lotions and face care into a TSA friendly bag, but I was not about to go to without in the middle of a freaken desert. Although, if you’ve forgotten, not to worry, the ritziest Wallgreens in the world is smack-dab in the middle of the strip.. Just take care of yourself, okay? I know I was supposed to be partying to the point of black-out drunk, but I really wasn’t into the possibility of a hangover.
—DO search for deals deals deals! My boy handled all the reservations and cash (lucky girl) so I didn’t have much (read: any) to do with the planning. However, Vegas is infinitely cheaper if you go mid-week as opposed to week-end, not to mention all the reduce priced ticket outlets, buffet and dining vouchers and what have you. Plan and search! Because there are way too many amazing shops to want to blow your money on airfare.
—And lastly DO do everything over the top, ridiculous, touristy, just plain silly that you would never in a million years think you were undignified enough to do. To hell with it- you’re on vacation! It’s Las Vegas! Just try not to end up on Vegas PD: Caught On Tape or what have you and you ought to be alright.