Vegas Rebel + Tips & Tricks on Surviving Sin City

September 15, 2013
     The pictures on my iPhone are like the pictures in the Hangover: epic & private. The pictures on my Cannon Rebel on the other hand were taken specially for my blog. Enjoy the few pictures I remembered to take, along with a list of tips and tricks on how to survive Sin City.


TIPS & TRICKS ON HOW TO HACK VEGAS:


BRING WEDGES
Vegas doesn't stop just because you can't walk anymore. While most of us Texas girls are used to wearing heals from 10 P.M. to 2 A.M., nights in Vegas last as long as the moon does. Clubs close at 4 A.M. or 5 A.M. but the After-Hour clubs close at 8 A.M. or 9 A.M. All the energy from the city and the people will keep you awake, even if you've only slept 3 hours in 3 days. It's your feet that will be your downfall (literally). Bring comfortable wedges, because nothing is sexier than a girl that can walk straight.

BRING CASH
ATMs at the Casinos charge $5.99 to take out money from your debit. Taxi's have a $3 fee for using your card. I felt shitty about spending $1.50 for a single banana and then felt worse about having to pay a $0.99 fee for using my card to pay for it (I mean $2.50 for a banana?! Am I a cheap Mexican or is just that insane?!). There are credit card fees everywhere, so bring cash. Plus, it feels more real watching actual dollars disappear than to see digits change on your bank account.

ALLOW FOR A HANGOVER OUTFIT
No matter where I travel, I only pack cute clothes. Usually vacation pictures are the pictures you will cherish for a lifetime so it makes sense to dress the part. This Vegas trip is the only time I regret following this rule. There were days I would have killed for yoga pants and a loose tee. I'm glad I didn't give in and waste money at H&M buying sweats and I'm so proud of myself for dressing up as cute as my friends, but I still remember planning cozy outfits in my head as I was watching the fountains at the Bellagio. 

EXPECT TO LOOSE THE MONEY YOU PLAN TO GAMBLE
The last time I went to Vegas (on New Years) I gambled $1 and I was pissed that I lost a $1. This time around, I had a different outlook on gambling. I told myself that gambling is entertainment, much like a movie. If you come out of a terrible movie, you've still lost the money you spent on a ticket and popcorn. Gambling is very similar. Expect to loose the money you plan to gamble and consider it part of your "entertainment" budget. I gambled $20 knowing I was going to loose it. I won $11 (meaning I really only lost $9). My friend put her $20 down on blackjack, and lost $20 in approximately 20 seconds. When I was at a club at 4 A.M., I saw drunks put down hundreds and loose paychecks in mere seconds (blame it on the alcohol, right?). Remember that Vegas doesn't prosper because it allows people to win; it prospers from drunks putting down hundreds and college girls putting down $20's

KNOW THE PRICE
Know that the price of each drink is $20, know that entrance for guys into a good club is $200, and know that a taxi fare can be $7 but you will end up paying $14. Once you check out, hotels will charge you a "Resort Fee;" this fee can be anywhere from $15.99 (Excalibur) to $50 (Aria). At one point I paid $5 for a water bottle and $3.50 for a Snickers. Know the price of Vegas before you budget. Keep in mind that you won't care what you charge when you're hungover.

GO SINGLE
Just an hour before I boarded my flight, I made a promise to be a "good girl." I don't regret keeping that promise, but I highly recommend every non-married gal to go to Vegas single. Even my friends with insignificant others went to Vegas single. Even the virgin of the group was being promiscuous. Just go single or else you'll be the girl taking care of the purses at the pool

PREPARE TO BEFRIEND COMPLETE STRANGERS
I accidently planned my flight to come back on Monday instead of Sunday, meaning I was in Vegas without my friends for a whole day. I didn't stress, because I knew I wasn't going to be alone. I met some really fun and outgoing people that I was able to party with on Sunday night. Vegas is like freshmen year of college. Everyone wants to go balls-to-the-wall and everyone is super happy to call you BFF's within hours. This tip is actually dedicated to a hipster from Seattle named Alex. He gave me some pretty spectacular suggestions for my blog and also sat with me and people watched while my feet healed from the heels.







Note to self: only go to Vegas with girls from now on...no wait, free entrance, free table, and free drinks.



Coolest H&M of all time? I think so



The Colorful Wynn hotel, where the insane pool party was held!



Hangover-Cure Bloody Mary!


That's all folks!

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