Las Vegas is the land of excess – money, gambling, drinking, flash cars, rock stars…

So unless you have a massive budget to spend and no pride, you need to think wisely about how much money you want to come home with, and what exactly you want to bring with you – dignity anyone?

I’ve been to Vegas twice now, and survived, so here are a few tips to ensure you have fun in Las Vegas, right up until the second you leave.

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1. Don’t get too drunk

Drinks are free pour in Las Vegas, and even though they’re mega mega expensive, they do give you a lot. The drunker you are the more you’ll want to spend – simples. I have heard some stories of drunken shenanigans in Vegas, that’s all I’ll say. Once you’ve been to Vegas you’ll see that The Hangover is actually quite believable. 

2. Book your tickets in advance 

My friend and I finally decided that yes, we would fork out $200 to see Celine Dion at Caesar’s Palace, and then when we went to book it was totally sold out. Cue us spending that kind of money on Tequila instead. Gutted. 

I ended up watching Ka, a Cirque du Soleil thing which although impressive didn’t give me the butterflies of excitement old Celine would’ve. 

If ever I go back I’m definitely going to see the Love show by The Beatles, and I’d love to see Britney too. Make sure you time your visit right for the shows you want to see if you’re there for less than a week, and book yourself in as soon as you book your flights.

3. You can get hotels for £20 

The hotels want to get you in their hotel rooms and down to their casinos, this means there are some amazing deals available. I stayed at The Stratosphere in 2013 for £20 for the whole room for two. Aaannnnd then didn’t spend a cent in their casino, but I did go to the theme park on the roof…

4. Get high

When I stood up on the top of the highest skyscraper in Vegas, going on a rollercoaster definitely wasn’t the first thing I wanted to do. But I’d already spent $20 on the ticket so there was no way I was backing out. And so, I went up the Stratosphere skyscraper, and on the Big Shot.

“Big Shot!
Touch the sky as this ride propels you 160 feet in the air at 45 miles per hour! With breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Valley, this 921-foot high platform will be sure to elevate your senses!” 

5. You can drink for free, but it takes ages 

The legend that you can drink for free in the casinos in Las Vegas isn’t entirely accurate. You can stand at the gamblers and request drinks but they’ll be super slow at bringing you what you want if you don’t gamble much, and you need to tip. I guarantee they’ll be watching.

6. Get brunch 

Most hotels will put on OTT breakfasts where you can eat anything you could ever possibly imagine. I had an amazing brunch at the Terrace Point Cafe at The Wynn the first time I went to Vegas.

Last time I went to Sin City I stayed at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino and honestly, their breakfast was just ridiculous. So much food. Grotesque, OTT, unnecessary – so I got stuck in. My group were there so long eating everything after the night before that they started bringing out an equally OTT lunch. You could eat all day long in Vegas, and some people do. 

7. Look round all the hotels 

The most picturesque hotels in Vegas are The Bellagio, The Venetian, The MGM Grand and Treasure Island. You can stroll around the ground floors as much as you like – so even if you’ve taken up one of those £20 hotel rooms you can still get the pics in the posh ones for the Instagram. I’d strongly recommend you go and have a look around. And I’m sure you’ve heard the fact that you don’t even have to go outside if you don’t want to, all the hotel casinos run into each other. 

My 7 Top Tips for Fun Times in Las Vegas

There are happy hours, special deals and trips out of Vegas all in a bid to help you spend your money. I’d strongly advise you to decide on a budget and stick with it though, whatever happens. They don’t call it Sin City for nothing!

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