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7 Ways to Have a Bad Time in Las Vegas

The Best Way to Ruin Your Vacation


7 Ways to Have a Bad Time in Las Vegas
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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 and drinking. 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 night at a nightclub in Las Vegas.

This is the behavior to avoid in Las Vegas:


1)Gamble Too Much

My father always pointed out that the lights of Las Vegas were paid for by the millions of people who dropped coins in the slot machines.


“Don’t fool yourself; you’re not going to get rich gambling”.

To this day I try to impart that same message to as many people as possible. I love Las Vegas but I also understand its allure. People visit Las Vegas with the idea that they will win the big jackpot and go home rich, well, I’m going to break it to you, it’s not going to happen.

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!

If you try to break the bank you are setting yourself up for a disastrous vacation.

There are alternatives to gambling. My wife and I would only only allow ourselves to gamble when the sun went down. So we found plenty of things to do in Las Vegas that resulted in us having far more money to try the good Restaurants in Las Vegas.


2)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 2 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? Check out some hang over tips from Colleen Graham, About’s guide to cocktails.

Another good idea is walking around and spreading around your party time. The more time you spend walking around the better the party feels after a few days of endless fun in Las Vegas.

3)Pick the Wrong Hotel

How often do people select 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 kid friendly meal and you always run into the group of bachelors looking for a taxi as they dodge the packs of screaming kids who are heading to the arcades.


Las Vegas is not the kid haven it was in the late 90’s but it is still a place that has pockets of kid friendly attractions. When selecting a hotel for your trip consider what you will be doing. Are you a family? Is this a girls only 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.

See the guide to Las Vegas Hotels for more info.

Is this the right Las Vegas hotel for you? Check out our choices for Las Vegas hotels.

After you do that compare hotel rooms in Las Vegas with more pictures.



4)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.


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.

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