It’s way too early in the morning to be reflecting on my trip to Vegas. We got up at 3:30 am to catch our flight home. I figure though, as I’m sitting here waiting for my plane to leave, might as well start.
So Viva Las Vegas, right? Yea, I don’t get it. I’m not sure what the appeal is and why millions of people flock here. We were here for the American’s For Prosperity RightOnline conference. We were excited that we were finally going to visit Vegas. We had heard so many people raving about Vegas. Telling us where to go and what to see. I had also heard how “cheap” you can get a vacation in Vegas.
Hmmm…I don’t understand that either. I must not have looked in the right place because we were hemorrhaging money from the minute we stepped off the plane. $3 for a bottle of water? Yikes! And anyone who’s been to Vegas knows how much water intake you need to have while there. Thankfully the conference rooms had free water for us but that was the least of our money woes. Food is crazy! We paid more eating for 2 than we would for the whole family of 6 to eat out.
We landed in Vegas and looked for a shuttle. The shuttle itself was fine but in hindsight, it would have been way faster to just take a taxi. Pretty sure it would have been close to the same price too. After waiting a half hour to get on the shuttle and an extra half hour going from hotel to hotel dropping off the other travelers, we arrived at the Venetian. It is a beautiful hotel. Full of amenities and a very helpful staff. Our room was pretty amazing too. We didn’t pay extra for the “view” but it was still nice.
I do understand that Vegas is Vegas but for such a classy hotel, I didn’t expect to see the attire everyone was wearing. I’m actually not sure why people pack huge suitcases when they only wear a tiny bikini and a see through “cover up.” This was the attire for everything. I don’t get it.
The other thing that was very odd to me was the amount of children around. I might have the wrong idea of Vegas but is this a family destination? I’m pretty sure I can find a ton more vacation spots that are more family friendly than Vegas. Babies, children up till all hours of the night being dragged around the casinos. Weird.
I thought several times while we were there how I missed the smoke free air of Wisconsin. Granted I’ve never had a nicotine addiction so I’m sure I don’t understand, but seriously do people have to have a cigarette in their mouths 24/7? And if so, could they maybe, just maybe look around them and at least try to be considerate of others? I don’t know how many times, people would just light up right in front of us as we were walking. Maybe I’m out of touch because Wisconsin is now smoke free but not everyone wants to breathe in your cigarette smoke.
I’m really not much of a gambler so maybe that is the first clue as to why Vegas just wasn’t for me. I don’t mind winning but plopping in money and pressing a button just to lose all the money you put in, is just not entertaining for me.
Ok, so yes. There are a lot of things to see and do in Las Vegas. The whole trip was not a total loss. We had a great time at the conference and met a lot of great people. After the conference, we had a full day to take in the rest of Vegas.
Our first stop on the strip was to Madame Treusues wax museum. We took a lot of fun pictures. Then we found a theater on the strip and took in a movie. We thought about just spending the day there catching up on all the movies we don’t have a chance to see. For one, it would have been a lot cheaper entertainment than everything else we did and two, it was air conditioned!
Walking around in 107 degree heat was a little…well HOT! Thankfully our pale white skin did not fry while we were out. Half way through our adventures on the strip, we bought some sunscreen. Used it once and had to throw it away at the airport. 🙁
We did end our last day in Vegas at the Blue Man Group show. Now that was fun! Very entertaining, however, we had to shell out a lot of money to get in. We figured at that point though we better at least try to find something redeeming about Las Vegas. We would have loved to take in other shows but just could not justify the expense.
I know there will be a lot of you that completely disagree with me. I’m sure this opinion is in the minority. I just don’t get it! Unless we have another conference in Vegas, I’m thinking this will be our first and last trip there.