Apr 30, 2013

Lessons from Las Vegas

Before I get into this post I wanted to announce the Spring Fling Giveaway winner! The winner is the lovely Lindsey - send me an email to collect your winnings, and thanks to all who participated!

So I went to Las Vegas for a quick weekend. No really, a quick weekend - like 50 hours on the ground. My schedule was packed but it was really fun!
First thing I saw when I got off the airplane!
I like to learn wherever I go, so why would Vegas be any different? Here are some things my Las Vegas trip taught me.

*Spirit Airlines is not my favorite. Let me be clear - the flights themselves were fine and the staff was very nice. However, I realized the reason the ticket was so cheap is they charge you for everything they "provide." You pay to check a bag and to carry-on - so unless you're walking through the gate empty-handed you're paying something. Most airlines don't provide food on flights but Spirit didn't even provide a drink - if you wanted anything, you paid for it. (Luckily I was warned about this so no problem). However, I think my biggest problem with them was the almost minimal leg room and the fact that their seats DID NOT RECLINE. I know, I know, first world problems, right? But when you've adjusted to a time change and only been in Vegas for 50 hours and are flying back on a red-eye, not having reclining seats seems like a cruel joke.

*There's a freedom in wearing clothes in Vegas. This can be taken literally (I saw some skimpy outfits), or figuratively. Some people say Vegas is trashy and I'm sure there are parts of it that are, but the over-used "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas," exists for a reason - you get there and you're not worried about what all these strangers think of you. I saw ball gowns and bikinis - it's freeing to see people that aren't worried about something as small as their appearance.
*IN-N-OUT Burger is...good. I know, I know, some people feel about IN-N-OUT Burger the way I feel about Steak 'n Shake, and it was definitely good, but not life-changing. (Ben says this means I didn't get the right thing).

*They will bring you drinks while you gamble. I understand this is to get you to stay in one place and lose spend more money, but when you're playing penny slot machines, having a couple drinks and losing $20 is pretty much breaking even. I'll take it.

*There's not a lot to do. This might seem like a no-brainer, but unless you're going to see a lot of shows or really want to gamble, there's not much outside the strip. This is why Vegas is the perfect weekend - you have a good time, you can people watch and after a couple days you're ready to go home.

Have you ever been to Vegas? What are some lessons you've learned from trips you've taken?


Unknown said...

I'm a firm believer that only people who are raised on In-N-Out believe it's the best burger. My first one was last year and I thought it was okay, but not amazing. But people I know from SoCal think they are the best things ever so I think it has a lot to do with how your preferences were formed.

I also agree that there's not a lot to do in Vegas, but going to the Hoover Dam was fun. But that's seriously about it as far as I know!

Kate @ GreatestEscapist.com said...

I feel similarly about Vegas in a lot of ways. Like, there's not that much to DO unless you're big into drinking/gambling/eating/sinning. I'm going next month & am a little bit nervous about this! But the people-watching is so good that I feel like I'll always find something to do there...

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Haha, I just read your whole part about Spirit Airlines to Eric. He took it to a bachelor party last year and thought the whole thing was ABSURD. When I got to the part about first world problems he was like NO, seriously very valid problem haha. We will not be taking Spirit Airlines :)

I've never been in Vegas, and I'd be okay if I don't ever go. Though there are some cool things outside of Vegas I wouldn't mind seeing, so if I do go I'll probably spend only a day or two in actual Vegas. It doesn't seem like my kind of place :)

Nora said...

I LOVE In-N-Out. So much that I got all excited when I saw you were eating it and Knight was totally jealous of you. I have had a lot of good burgers in my day; not sure if it was that I was eating In N Out in LA on a patio or what, but I would kill for one of those burgers some days.

I've been to Vegas 3 or 4 times. I find something new every time I'm there so it's kind of fun in that respect but I'm not a big gambler or show person. If I go back I want to go to the desert, hit up the neon sign museum and a few other things.

I will NOT be flying Spirit airlines. No leg room and no reclining? No thank you!

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

I think people from Vegas would beg to differ on your last comment. I've been to the Hoover Dam twice and that's a fun half day trip. There are day trips to the Grand Canyon. There's shopping, gambling, shows, people watching, pool hanging and more. I'm not a huge fan of Vegas, but I do think there's more to it than gambling and shows..

Bummer about Spirit Airlines. I've heard about them nickel and diming you on costs, but seats that don't recline is definitely absurd!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

That is crazy about Spirit Airlines! Kind of sounds like the European budget airline model where there are all kinds of hidden fees and such...

I have never been to Vegas and don't know that I would ever go unless I had to for work or something!

Amber said...

Oh that's funny you say there isn't much to do as I constantly hear there is SO MUCH to do in Vegas and something for everyone even if you're not a drinker or gambler!!

I have never been to Vegas but I could see Eric and I going for a weekend getaway one day. You can get there pretty cheap from our area and it would be a nice getaway in the dead of winter I think!

Stephany said...

That's so interesting about Spirit Airlines! I've always wondered about them and heard their flights get delayed/cancelled a lot.Their prices are SO cheap so that always makes me nervous. Good to know what they're really like!

I really don't think I would enjoy Vegas. I mean, I'd like to visit once with friends and see what it's like but it just doesn't seem like my kinda scene. Good to hear your thoughts!

Lesli said...

I am going back & reading your old posts! I would so never fly Spirit again--I flew out there last summer on that airline to Vegas, in fact, and no, never again! We had flight delays. As for Vegas itself, I do go there about once a year for 3 days no longer--it is sort of sensory overload and then I am ready to fly home. And I am NOT a gambler, but i like shopping, people watching, shows & penny slots. :-) It is not for everyone--definitely, a trash, seedy side to it. But you are right--it is very freeing. Just wear what ever--everyone else does!

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