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Bob’s Travel Tips – Vegas

Posted in Food, Nonsense, Travel Tips, Vacation with tags , , , , on April 26, 2014 by Bob

Told you this would be a series. Welcome back to the riveting and scintillating advice offered by the travel experts here at VIMB. If you missed out on the last Travel Tip, you missed me explaining what this is. So just go look back.

I have been to Vegas a few times. By NO means whatsoever am I an expert. I do however think that I can offer some advice to someone who has never been there before, from one amateur to another.

I have been to Vegas 3 times, all in about the last 2 years. Been there the first week of December, the last week of January and Easter weekend. The pools weren’t open the first 2 times and when I was there over Easter, it was for a wedding and only a few days so I never got out to the pools. So, I can’t give any tips on that. I also have pretty much been relegated to the strip and Freemont St. other than a couple of other excursions. I can give some simple advice on simple things. Those of you that go to Vegas a lot will probably laugh at me and call me a hack. That’s ok. I can live with that. With that in mind, and a Rhode Island sized grain of salt, here are my tips for Vegas.

 

Travel – Fly if you can. Flights are not as cheap as they used to be because of the resurgence in popularity of Vegas, but McCarran airport is KICK ASS! Be sure to see my tips on flying.

Rooms – There are all kinds of rooms. You can stay on strip, off strip and off off strip. Where you stay depends on how much you want to spend and if you want to be on an episode of C.S.I. or not. I have stayed at MGM Grand, Excalibur and Mandalay Bay. So far, Mandalay is my favorite. Both for room and amenities. There is a tv in the bathroom for cryin’ out loud. Mrs. Voices has been a number of times for conferences and has had work pay for rooms at Paris, Ballys, MGM Grand and Mandalay. Her fav was Mandalay as well. (oddly enough we stayed at Mandalay separately and not together). The ONLY drawback to Mandalay, is it is at the south end of the strip. That means that it is a long way to anything. Which brings me to the next tip …

Walking – Bring a good pair of walking shoes. When you fly in, or look up and down the strip from the 20th floor of your hotel … you will say “well that doesn’t look that far”. It is. On average, the few times I have been out there, I have walked about 10 miles a day. That is just casual walking, not even walking on a mission. You easily can double that amount. Walking is bar far the cheapest and easiest way to get around the strip. If you really don’t want to walk …

Bus – The bus is the next best thing to move up and down the strip and back and forth to Freemont Street. You get unlimited rides for a pretty cheap price for like 24 hours. I think they have other passes too for longer times. Cabs … don’t, it can cost like $70 up to Freemont. There are a few free trams and monorails that are ok. There is also a monorail that costs money. While it is fun and a good novelty, the problem is that it goes along the back sides of the resorts so … it really isn’t a time saver. It actually makes you walk more. And when you end up walking that much, you are always hungry.

Food – There is great food in Vegas. Be prepared to pay. You can’t get away from the cost of food, especially on the strip. On the strip, there is no such thing as a $5 all you can eat buffet that I have found, and I have looked. Love me a good buffet. Don’t think that going to McDonald’s or Denny’s will save you some money. It won’t. Besides, why the hell would you go to one of those places when you can experience fine dining from just about every famous chef out there. The only drawback to that is, it gets a little harder to find quick eats later at night.

Casinos – Not much help here as I am not a big gambler. There is an I Dream Of Jeanie slot by the poker area of Excalibur that I like. I play penny slots. That way I can get a lot of free drinks.

Drinking – Did you know that technically it is illegal to have open alcohol on the strip? Who knew? Drink. A lot. You probably aren’t driving. You can drink early. It is good. It is fun.

People – The 2 times I was there when it was not spring break and the pools weren’t open were my personal favorite times. Not a lot of people comparatively and not a lot of kids. Although there were some. When I went over Easter … holy crap there were a lot of families. More than I thought were going to be there. It was more kids than anything. And going back to the whole walking thing … FAMILIES WALK TOO SLOW! I do have to say though that people watching is pretty freaking awesome! Put a large emphasis on the FREAK part. There are a lot of them.

There is one more thing I want to point out that I forgot under walking. I have walked around a lot by myself out there 2 times. Once because Mrs. Voices was in conferences all day and the other because I was out there by myself for a wedding. When you walk around by yourself, you don’t get sold anything. You don’t get approached in the hotels by salesmen. You don’t get approached by the guys on the strip selling you tours. You will still however get the strip club flyers shoved at you.

There are so many things I would love to talk about and so many things I have already talked about that are probably worthless. It’s a start though. I may re-visit this topic with some other things, or, after reading backlash of how much my Vegas info sucks, I may not.

Be sure to tune in next time when Bob’s Travel Tips will talk about the family road trip.

 

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Vegas … Day 2

Posted in Nonsense, Vacation with tags , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2011 by Bob

It has been a slightly more sober day today. I wasn’t hung over or anything but, I needed to take a little easier today so I won’t embarrass Jackie at her work dinner tonight. For those of you familiar with the strip, today I walked from MGM all the way up to Treasure Island. For those of you not familiar with the strip, that is a good hike.

I have a few observations I have been able to make in my walking adventures. I am out during the day by myself while Jackie is doing her conference stuff so the good thing about that, is that since I am not a couple, I don’t get accosted by every person tryign to sell a tour of the Grand Canyon, Vegas or sell me a dam tour. I did get approached by one individual though who was a little more persistent than the average homeless folks trying to seduce folks into a tour. Normally those folks hold out a paper and if you ignore them they leave. This guy, I will call him Herb (he reminded me a little of Herb Tarlek from WKRP) asked if I wanted a tour. I said no thanks. He started following me muttering some high points and how I just have to take the tour. He was working for it so I stopped. I looked at him and said “I will make you a deal. Do you have a website for your business? Let the company I work for create a great e-commerce site for you and we will increase your business and profit by 36% in just 6 short months.” He looked at me and said “No, don’t need that” so I said “Then I don’t need your tour.” I didn’t have any business cards on me so I am not sure what I would have done if he said “why I DO need a better web presence. ” I think I would have had to say “Well played sir, now how much for that tour?”

The bad thing about being on my own during the day is that most young people are still sleeping from the night before so the only people out and about on the streets are 80+ year olds. THey tend to walk 4 women all the way across the sidewalk in front, and all the men in back. They walk about as fast as Ozzy Ozbourne when he first wakes up. It is worse than Walmart across from Sun City on a Sunday afternoon. You would think they would be in more of a hurry since they don’t have much time left! The only thing slower than the walking old people are the ones on scooters. Yeah, daytime is NOT a time to walk if you are in a hurry.

Rode the New York New York Roller coaster today. Waited for the front row seat and it was pretty cool. Not bad for a hotel roller coaster. Tonight, we are going to dinner for Jackie’s professional org. (nothing fancy, just Rainforest Cafe’) and then we are goign to monorail it up the strip to Paris and Venice. We will see how much we can get done tonight. Tomorrow night we are hitting downtown. Doing the whole “old Vegas” thing. Freemont Street, neons, strip clubs and $2 min. bet single deck shoe black jack tables. See if I can do better than 4 straight 15s dealt to me.

I got back to the room today and some of my things were a little askew in my suitcase. A pocket was opened that I didn’t even think I had anything in. I think that Herman stowed away and is somewhere around Vegas. I don’t even want to think what kind of trouble he is getting into.

 

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