My biggest fear is getting lost in the airport. (Home Alone, anyone?) The thought of losing my travel party in a huge airport (SEA-TAC) always takes my breath away, and not in that sought after romantic way. But fear did not win on my very first trip to Vegas!
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In October of last year, my sister-in-law offered me the trip of a lifetime: All expenses paid trip to Vegas. I immediately jumped on the offer! I’ve never taken an adult trip without my littles, and I had only ever gambled once in my life. The plan was, spend the night with them, get to the airport by 3 and be in Vegas by 8 am. Painless, right? There were three guys and three gals, making us a party of over grown adults times 6.
Let’s get this party started, yo!
The day of departure, my anxiety was at an all-time high. The airport was so much bigger than I remembered! Check in was easy. TSA at 3 in the morning is so painless!! After TSA, we headed for our gate. I didn’t get lost (YAY!) and we didn’t miss our flight (DOUBLE YAY!) but I had a round of the bubble guts. Nervous farts. Call them what you want, but understand this is the wrong time to have the stink ass. With only Benadryl in my arsenal, I did what any self-respecting girl would do: two Benedryl down the hatch! Takeoff and landing seriously sucked. But the short fight was not as bad as I will have you thinking!!
We got a limo to the hotel, because how often were we all going to do this again?? Now if you are in Vegas anytime soon, I highly recommend you stay at the Monte Carlo before it is no longer the Monte Carlo. Service was amazing and they upgraded our rooms free of charge! My room overlooked all the Vegas strip, and if you have never seen the Las Vegas skyline at night, I encourage you to see it at least once.
(I’m just going to skip the check in and unpack part, everyone who’s traveled knows this part.)
I wanted to see as much as I could because 30 hours isn’t much time. We checked out all of new Vegas, walked like 15 miles before dinner! Back to the room for a quick rest and a bite to eat, then, on to Fremont!! I just couldn’t wait. Before we got on the bus, we watched the beautiful fountains with music from Frank Sinatra.
Once we arrived in Old Town, we headed straight to the zip line tickets and prepared to sail across the street below at 300 feet high. Sounds fun right? After walking up gazillion stairs (yes, I said gazillion) we got weighed and harnessed. I must have looked like a ghost because other riders started to notice. By the time my turn came, I was shaking and have real second thoughts. But I didn’t have time to because the bell rang and I was moving! I will say this for the zip line: it’s terrifying!!! At the end, I was shaking and crying and screaming. I wish I would have opened my eyes though so I could commit to memory what I was so scared of.
Never again. Ever.
The rest of the night was spent as you imagine: many drinks, significant gambling, and lots of laughs!! By the time we got back to our room my brother- in- law had made plenty of new friends (I swear he does this everywhere he goes) and it was 3 am. Some of us called it a night and went to bed.
All in all, I am so grateful to have had the chance to have gone and glad I can cross off zip lining or skydive off my list. I plan to go again because there are so many other things I wish I could have seen or done!
Here’s my list of everything I got to check out.
If there’s something I didn’t mention, let me know so I can put it on my Vegas Bucket List!!
Located In the heart of Las Vegas(that’s where I stayed and gambled just a bit)
Located on Fremont Street
This is where to go if you are not a chicken little and want to try that zip line
Final Thoughts On Vegas
I am sure I am forgetting some of what I did. There was just so much to see and do, and I was enjoying a few adult beverages at the time. My best advice? Just go if you have never gone. Start at one end of the strip and just walk. Walk until your feet are on fire. Then, take a break and enjoy some great food. There are hundreds if not thousands of places to find a bite to eat. Whether you are looking for fast food or fine cuisine, I am sure that you will find what you are looking for. For all you Taco Bell lovers, they opened a Taco Bell Cantina on the main strip. Have you been? It looked amazing!
Until next time…