Survival Tips for First Time Las Vegas Visitors

Having some tips from a Las Vegas veteran can be super helpful when planning your first trip to the city that never sleeps. There are items you should not leave home without when traveling to Vegas, there are bits of free entertainment to enjoy during your stay, and where you stay can make or break your trip. When it comes to a Las Vegas vacation a little bit of preparation goes a LONG way.

Here are 5 great Vegas veteran tips to help save you money, time, and frustration.

Vegas Veteran Tip #1: Time your booking right!

It is important to remember that airlines often offer better deals to travelers who book 14-21 days in advance.

Look for small airlines that you may not use for other domestic travel but may offer great rates to Las Vegas.

Sign up for airfare alerts so you get a notice when prices drop from your location to Las Vegas.

Did you know Tuesday evenings are the BEST time to book flights? An insider tip states that airlines tend to release and match all new specials by Tuesday making it the best day to book airfare.

Vegas has an off season! I know, you are shocked I was as well. From Thanksgiving through the Christmas holiday is considered the off-season in Vegas and many shows go dark during days they would normally be up and running. If you travel during this time be diligent about ensuring you can do what you want during your visit. This is a GREAT time to enjoy Las Vegas with a few less visitors and with cooler temperatures for those that prefer a less crowded atmosphere.

Vegas Veteran Tip #2: Pack your best Nike’s, running shoes are a must when taking on the Vegas strip!

Take it from me, cabs in Vegas can be very expensive if you rely on them for transportation (plus you miss a big part of the sights on the strip). You will be doing a lot of walking even if it is just the interior parts of the hotel/casinos. Having some shoes that fit well and cushion your feet will go a LONG way during your stay in Las Vegas.

If you get to Las Vegas and you have forgotten your favorite running shoes, there is a Ross on the strip, which provides a cheap alternative to the Prada store.

Vegas Veteran Tip #3: For your first trip, keep it on the strip!

There is going to be so much for you to take in during your first trip to Las Vegas and the majority of those sights are going to be located on the strip. The Bellagio fountains, The Mirage volcano, The Treasure Island Sirens Show, Caesars Palace’s moving statues and those are just a few of the free sights on the strip. I think you get the point. This isn’t to say that there are not FABULOUS off strip hotel and casino’s because there are (one of my favorite hotels is off strip) but your first trip will have you investigating every corner of the strip, making an on strip hotel convenient.

Vegas Veteran Tip #4: Leave your diet at home and bring your appetite.

Food is as much a part of the scene in Las Vegas as gambling, show girls, and complimentary drinks. There are places I consider food theme parks, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville & Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar. There is an entertaining atmosphere, souvenirs, delicious drinks and oodles of food! This isn’t even considering the buffets or the five star hotel venues. You won’t regret enjoying the food that Las Vegas has to offer.

Vegas Veteran Tip #5: There are ways to save money even in Las Vegas.

Technology is your friend when visiting Vegas! From text specials that send discounts to your phone, phone apps that give you discounts when you are in town and Groupon, you can save a TON of money.

Start looking at Groupon specials before your travel, if you are looking at airfare its time to check Groupon Las Vegas. There are frequent deals on buffets, food, and even entertainment packages in Las Vegas.

Other places to look for discounts are complimentary coupons at check-in at your hotel, casino loyalty programs, and discounts that are given out on the casino floor and in other Vegas locations.

With these tips you should be able to get a jump start on a memorable Las Vegas vacation.