Considering spending your New Years Eve in Sin City aka Las Vegas aka the land of a thousand all-you-can-eat buffets? That might just be the best idea you've ever had, save for that time you discovered the laundry basket could double as a sled. Las Vegas is a city that's known for throwing some great parties, and New Years Eve is certainly no exception. To help you navigate the madness like a pro, here are five survival tips for making the most of your Vegas New Years:
♠ Book Early
This probably seems like a no-brainer, but it's worth stressing. If spending the night sitting in traffic in a taxi that smells of cigarettes and blue cheese isn't really your thing, chances are you're going to want to stay in a hotel on the strip. It's no surprise that the demand for convenient accommodation is pretty high on New Years Eve, so reserving a room as early as possible is imperative. Be warned as well that room prices can sometimes as much as triple in price around this time of year, so it might be worth shopping around for special deals and promotions. Heads up: the Excalibur Hotel usually offers some of the cheapest rooms on the strip.
♥ Stock Up Ahead of Time
Planning on pre-gaming before you head out on the town? Not surprisingly, the stores in Vegas that sell alcohol tend to resemble something out of The Hunger Games in the lead up to New Years Eve. It's every man for himself as you elbow your way down the aisle in search of the last remaining pack of PBR. You also won't be able to find glass bottles anywhere (so no wine or champers), as they're prohibited on the strip. To avoid having to raid the overpriced hotel minibar, bypass the madness by stocking up on supplies the day before.
♦ Forget the "All-Inclusive" Clubs
There are countless clubs in Vegas offering all-inclusive nights on NYE. The promise of unlimited booze and the chance to see a Kardashian publicly embarrass themselves can be tempting, but the reality quite often is that the booze is only free for a few hours and is limited to watered-down beer and cheap vodka. This means you'll probably end up purchasing additional drinks, and with tickets costing up to $300 per person, you might find your Vegas budget blown in a single night. For a cheaper yet equally Vegas-tastic experience, simply step outside your hotel and let the evening take you where it will. The Vegas strip is closed to cars on New Years Eve so revelers are free to roam as they please without the risk of becoming roadkill, resulting in one of the most epic street parties you've ever seen.
♣ Be Generous with Your Dollars
In Vegas, money makes the world go round. And in case you weren't aware: dealing with hoards of drunk people while you're sober and on the clock can be pretty frustrating, so make sure you treat the good workers of Vegas with respect (i.e. say thank you and tip them for their troubles) in order to ensure you receive top-notch service. When a waitress brings you a free drink while you're on the casino floor, if you fail to tip, chances are she won't be back any time soon. The same goes for the bartenders at those overcrowded Vegas watering holes where everyone and their blackjack-loving grandma is trying to get a drink. If you tip generously the first time around, you might find it easier to get served on your return visits. Take that, grandma.
♠ Embrace the Adventure
You're in Vegas, after all! Get out there and make some new friends, buy a beverage the size of your head, or try your hand at a bit of tipsy casino karaoke. Heck, why not introduce yourself to that cute stranger across the bar and head to the nearest wedding chapel where you can get married by an embarrassingly bad Elvis impersonator. You'll undoubtedly experience an epic amount of regret in the morning, but hey, that's just the Vegas way! Pop an aspirin and pat yourself on the back: you've survived your first Vegas New Years!
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