I just returned from a five-day Las Vegas vacation and let me say, I have never been so thankful to be back in good old NashVegas. I learned quite a few things during my stay in Sin City, the first being that it’s a land of polar opposites. By this I mean the fact that there is a strip of blinding lights surrounded by mountains, the people are either extremely fit or very much the opposite, and the fashion ranges from the trashiest I’ve ever seen to the most expensive designer duds I ogle in the pages in Vogue.
So, for all of you who plan on making a journey to Las Vegas in the near future, here are some tips:
1. If you expect to walk all day or all night, do NOT wear heels. If you plan on wearing heels, bring cash for taxis. Our first night in Vegas was essentially a three-mile wild goose chase up and down the strip to meet up with various groups of people. While the boys were able to breeze along in their Sperry’s, we tottered painfully in our heels until the wee hours. My poor friend had to use eight Band-Aids per foot for the rest of the trip.
2. Make sure you eat, because you WILL be drinking all day. This wasn’t such an issue for me, as I gorged myself on gourmet Chinese, Wolfgang Puck pizza, and of course, In-n-Out Burger (Five Guys is better). However, my friends and I would have been in constant shambles if we hadn’t consistently scheduled meals. Funny, my dad’s only concern about my trip to Vegas was that I’d forget to eat; clearly that wasn’t a problem.
3. Do not carry around a big, bulky bag. First of all, the strip is teeming with all sorts of odd folk, so a cross-body bag is best to keep your belongings safe. Second, it’s hard to fully enjoy VIP bottle service at clubs when you have to maneuver a satchel or tote. True story.
4.Don’t be opposed to making new friends, but do be selective about who you talk to. For example,
on our first night in Vegas, my friend and I were challengedto a game of beer pong by an Australian rugby team. Imagine their surprise when we beat them by three cups. However, not everyone in Vegas is so friendly or has your best interests in mind. Stay in groups, and if someone goes rogue, send out a search party.
Finally, if I can leave you with the single most important piece of advice, it’s this: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless it involves the police, hotel security, or strippers. So be safe, be careful, and always be stylish, because pictures of Vegas adventures are online for the whole world to see.