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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself!' started by Stephiede1975, Jul 2, 2014.

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  1. Stephiede1975

    Stephiede1975 Tourist

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    Hello All,

    I am finally coming to Vegas!! I will be celebrating my 40th birthday in February and I look forward to doing all the wonderful things Vegas has to offer. I have been cruising this site for awhile and all the info is super!! I plan on seeing a show, drinking too much, gambling a little, eating some good food and relaxing. I will be counting down these months for sure!!!
     
  2. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

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    Welcome to the board, Stephiede! Looks like you've got the perfect plan. Sounds like my trips, minus the show. :)

    Enjoy!
     
  3. ardee

    ardee VIP Whale

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    Vegas has so much to offer. Wishing you a great time on your first of many trips, I'm sure.
    Good luck!
     
  4. gvlgal

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    Hi. I am new to this forum. I will be traveling solo to Vegas for the first time for a week in August. I have a few questions. I normally drink ice water with all of my meals. Is ice water typically free with a meal, or do you have to pay $4 for bottled water? I will be staying at the Monte Carlo. I have reserved a higher floor strip view room but am considering their offer to upgrade to a Monaco Suite for an extra $20 per night. I don't need the extra 1/2 bath, but am considering it for the mini fridge. Any thoughts?
     
  5. Sonya

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    gvlgal, you can get a glass of water with ice at most restaurants just for asking. Some of the fancy-schmancy places will ask if you want the fancy stuff, but even they will bring you tap water if you ask for it. You can also get bottled water as your comped drink while you're gambling. You're expected to tip the standard $1 per drink even if it's not alcohol, but still cheaper and easier than walking to the gift shop or store.

    You need to decide about the suite upgrade, but for $20/night I would go for it.

    Enjoy your trip!
     
  6. sybgal

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    Welcome to the board....both of you! Have great trips & enjoy!!
     
  7. Stephiede1975

    Stephiede1975 Tourist

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    Thank you guys. I will be trolling this board for more wonderful tips and info. Vegas here I come!!:drunk:
     
  8. Texas Gramma

    Texas Gramma Low-Roller

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    I recently posted this under Las Vegas Do's and Don't Tips... but since you are new I'll post it here...
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    I consider my gambling money as "vacation money". If I spend it all... I've had a nice vacation... if I come home with some or more than I left with that's as the Cajuns say " lagniappe ".
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    Research before you go... almost everything in Las Vegas in online... either at the hotel or restaurants' website or on Trip Advisor or Yelp with pictures. Research will not be wasted if you cannot use all you have learned on this trip... I'm sure you'll want to visit LV again sometime soon! You do not have to do all the things you learn about... but you have your choices so when you get there, you don't have to wander around wondering what to do. Make a bucket list and mark off the things you do... the rest will be still there next year.
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    One thing I learned the hard way is the envelope system... nothing worse than being in Las Vegas with no money to spend. I even mark one envelope for gambling at the airport... my very last chance for a win. Don't laugh... look online for the LV jackpots and the McCarren Airport is on the list a couple of times... might as well be you!
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    The advice about at least one special meal is very good. Usually if you live east of Las Vegas, you tend to eat earlier than Las Vegans... so you really don't need 3 big meals. A nice breakfast and at noontime a snack, shrimp cocktail, soup or half a sandwich will keep you from starving until your special dinner and you'll be able to enjoy it more fully... also tending to stay up late means you can treat yourself late in the evening to a dessert to take to the room to savor at your leisure.
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    Hope you have a wonderful trip!!!
     
  9. revante

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    Welcome Stephiede1975, This board is awesome. I wished I had found it years ago, but i am fairly new. Vegas is what you make of it! So with all this great advice, the do's and don'ts you will be well informed. Have a great trip and let Vegas do Vegas on ya!
     
  10. Stephiede1975

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    Thanks for posting this. Very helpful!!

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    Thank you and I plan on doing just that!!
     
  11. thecarve

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    Welcome, Stephiede1975,:wave: from another Virginian (Blacksburg, here). I’ll be celebrating (is that the right word for it?) my 40th a few months before you…hopefully in Las Vegas as well.

    Glad you’ve found us. Plenty of friendly people and great info here. You’ll be a pro by the time February rolls around.
     
  12. Stephiede1975

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    Awesome!! Hope you have a great birthday in Vegas!! I'm in Va Bch, hoping this hurricane doesn't bring too much rain for us. I think my head is going to explode trying to read all this info, lol. But I'm too excited to stop. I know it will die down some. I have awhile before my trip.
     
  13. revante

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    Welcome gvlgal! Sonya hit it right on the head, you are never forced to drink those expensive bottles of water, but in the upscale places I would make sure to specify that you want tap water. If you can get a cheap upgrade like that then go for it. High Roller style!
     
  14. tom.mckenzie

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    Welcome from another Virginian (Harrisonburg). Don't run across many of us on the boards. My first trip was about 10 years ago, and have gone 4 or 5 times per year since. My advice is to not try and see everything in your trip. Leave yourself plenty of reasons to want to come back. For me, spend your money on food, shows, and gambling, not fancy hotel rooms. Or since it's a milestone birthday, maybe spend one night in the fancy hotel and the rest in some of the very reasonably-priced options off-Strip.

    Have a great trip and Happy Birthday in advance. I'm getting ready to go out for my 55th birthday. Not really a milestone, except that some of the casinos offer extra geezer benefits once you hit 55.
     
  15. Stephiede1975

    Stephiede1975 Tourist

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    Great advice on the hotel. Hope you have a wonderful time on your birthday!!! 55 is the new 35, lol.
     
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    Welcome to both of you. The first Vegas trip is so exciting! You will be amazed by the awesome info here.Have fun!
     
  17. Stephiede1975

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    Thanks, I can't wait!
     
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    macwjp Low-Roller

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    welcome to the board. I, like you, was a Vegas virgin until February this year. I found lots of great information on this forum that made my trip a success. Lots of great people here with great experience to draw on.
     
  19. Landshark

    Landshark Way into it...

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    Welcome! Prepare to be hooked!
     
  20. Stephiede1975

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    Thanks, I'm so glad I found this board. The info on here is amazing.
     
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