Every year, over 42 million tourists visit Las Vegas which makes it one of the most visited cities in the world. While most of the visitors are interested in the gambling games the many casinos have to offer, there’s plenty more to see and experience. So while planning your trip to Las Vegas, keep the following things in mind.
- Don’t stay too long
Despite the expectations of being able to wander Las Vegas for days on end, three days is actually the ideal length for your stay. Just two nights. Las Vegas is overwhelming and requires tons of energy. So instead of staying an entire week and feeling exhausted by day five, choose to stay ahead of the fatigue and leave energized, fascinated and definitely not broke.
- Choose your accommodation wisely
You have two options when it comes to your stay: on or off the Strip. The Strip is the number one street in Las Vegas, offering a cluster of casinos, luxury hotels and more cramped along the length of one street. Staying right on the Strip comes with advantages such as location; you’ll be close to every casino, show, restaurant and bar. However, staying right on the Strip is – as you might expect – far from cheap. Aside from the standard booking costs, resort fees can add up quickly and make your trip more costly than planned.
Staying off the Strip is a more affordable option, yet the accommodations often lack the glamour found in hotels along the Strip. Having said that, hotels further away from the strip are becoming increasingly luxurious and are gaining more and more facilities.
Moving away even further from the strip, you have the opportunity of renting an Airbnb and staying at one of the beautiful villas. Maybe even enjoy the luxury of a pool? These accommodations make you feel like a local resident while enjoying all the luxury a tourist deserves.
- Determine your budget beforehand
When you think of Vegas, gambling is probably the first thing that comes to mind. And gambling wouldn’t be gambling if there wasn’t money at stake. The fact that your trip in itself is probably not cheap, gambling away the rest of your money is probably not a great ending to your holiday. To prevent this: 1) don’t gamble, but when in Vegas, right? Or 2) allow yourself a fixed budget. The latter option is a safe bet when you do want the true Vegas experience but don’t want to end up losing all your money.
The joy at the blackjack table or at one of the slot machines is much greater when you allow yourself a fixed gambling budget and walk away when it’s spent. Moreover, aside from the casinos, everything in Las Vegas is expensive. Food, drinks, shows – you’ll need a serious budget to fuel your experience.
- Choose the rights season to travel
While you might expect Vegas to be hot all year around, as it’s literally located in the middle of a desert, it can get quite cold during winters. And it may rain. So pick your season wisely and pack for the expected weather.
Las Vegas in spring is especially beautiful as the plants start flowering and the temperature is very pleasant. Luckily, most hotel rooms are air-conditioned and maintain a comfortable climate when it’s raging hot outside.
- Plan your transportation
Getting from the airport to the Strip requires a rental car, a taxi ride or a shared ride through Uber or Lyft. Renting a car in Las Vegas is generally not too expensive. Parking, however, is. Taxi rides generally aren’t too cheap either. Starting rates often exceed $20. Lyft and Uber are therefore the most affordable options to travel the streets of Las Vegas.
Public transportation is rather limited in Las Vegas. Aside from a bus that drives up and down the Strip, there’s not much public transport in the city. However, there’s also the Las Vegas monorail, gliding above the city and getting you from one side of the city to the other.
Have you considered the above? Then you’re ready to go and have the time of your life in Vegas! Whatever the budget, you’re bound to be entertained by this enchanting city.