Tips for Your First Trip to Las Vegas: What Type of Vegas Visitor Are You?

Some people are lucky enough to travel to Vegas frequently, but for others, it’s a much more special occasion. If you are one of the many who are planning your first trip to Las Vegas, this article will provide some tips to get the most out of your visit.

What Are You Looking For in Vegas?

Since Las Vegas is one of the most popular and highly publicized entertainment destinations in the United States (and the world!) it is easy to think of it as one unified experience. But on the contrary, there are several main types of Vegas visitors, and figuring out which one you are is the most important factor in getting the most out of your trip.

The Gamer

This Vegas traveler wants to stay at a big-name hotel, hit the casino tables early and often, and try to earn back the price of their plane ticket, plus much more, during their stay. For the gamer, it’s important to look up deals on hotel stays and inquire about player’s cards or other comps for his or her frequent play.

It is also important to study the different games you will be playing and look for tables with lower limits if you want to maximize your time playing. If you want to enjoy the free drinks that come with gaming, you can try to play low-limit slots for a while and enjoy a beverage or two while you’re at it. (But don’t forget to tip the waitress!) Finally, be sure to manage your money carefully and set aside a special “vacation bankroll” so you don’t get in over your head.

The gamer will often also want to experience the best of Vegas entertainment to complement his or her play, so it is important to look around for show tickets and other bonuses. These tickets could be comped for frequent play, or you might be able to find a hotel package which includes entertainment options.

The Tourist

The Vegas Tourist, on the other hand, is looking for a general good time filled with the quintessential Vegas staples.

This will mean a trip to the Bellagio to see the fountains and Botanical gardens, a popular Vegas buffet or two, and a viewing of the Freemont Street Experience, Cirque du Soleil or other classic show. It might also include a big frozen drink, a trip to a nightclub, and possibly even a trip out to Red Rock Canyon.

All in all, these are the types of activities that just scream “Vegas.” In order to maximize your experience as The Tourist in Las Vegas, it is good to plan your trip well in advance in order to get better deals on your flight and hotel right on the strip instead of in the surrounding areas.

And if you hit up happy hour specials instead of ordering alcohol with your meal, you will save a lot of money. You also might want to invest in a Vegas coupon book which will offer deals on all sorts of classic Vegas activities.

The Partier

Next up, The Partier is a Vegas visitor who is interested in anything but sleep! He or she should be on the lookout for nightclub specials, which are often readily available due to the competitive nature of the industry and the fast that you’ll likely still buy a lot of drinks even if you get in for free.

As previously explained, you can save some money by attending a cheaper happy hour special or getting free drinks while playing slots before you head out for the night. This way, you will not need to buy as many expensive nightclub drinks. Also spend some time hunting down the perfect hotel for your night-owl tendencies, as many have dance floors and lounges on-site that will let you party until the sun comes up. Just remember the popular slogan, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!”

The Family Guy (or Gal)

Finally, many will be planning their first Vegas trip with a spouse, partner or the whole family. Most of the hotels have pools which can be a great way to bond and spend a relaxing afternoon without spending much extra money. A couple would enjoy a romantic dinner for two, while a whole family would be best served by the variety of buffets, especially if there are kids who are finicky eaters. Children will also enjoy the fun free attractions at the major hotels, such as the Lion Habitat at the MGM Grand Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay.

More Vegas Tips for Your First Vacation

In addition to these specific visitor types, there are some general tips that will help you maximize your enjoyment on your first trip to Vegas. First, depending on the time of year you are traveling, you will want to dress appropriately. And if you are planning to walk around a lot (which is highly recommended) be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Sometimes people wear their flashiest outfits in order to impress the Vegas crowd, but comfort should be your top priority.

In addition, you will want to do your homework on plane tickets, hotel stays and other arrangements. Here are a few other of our Vegas articles that will help you plan:

How to Find Cheap Vegas Show Tickets

How to Get a Cheap Flight to Las Vegas

How to Pick the Right Vegas Hotel and Save Money

Hope your first trip to Las Vegas is a blast!

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