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Anti-climactic arrival

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by matguy, Dec 17, 2012.

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  1. matguy

    matguy High-Roller

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    So, the weeks up to leaving for Vegas are rife with excitement and planning, the flight is full of stomach flips and jitters (not for fear of flying nor turbulence.) I research and I spend way to much time on the boards here. We even got a limo for the ride from the airport.

    Once I was in the limo, you'd think I'd be excited and everything, right?...

    No, I was at peace, it just felt like coming home after a long day. While that's probably what I needed, considering home stress and whatnot, but it wasn't what I expected. It was anti-climactic, just "Ok, we're here, cool."

    Anyone else get that?
     
  2. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

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    I wouldn't say I ever feel that anticlimactic feeling, but I do get that moment where I feel calm and think "Ahhhh.. I'm home." :)
     
  3. aliasyoshi

    aliasyoshi Low-Roller

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    Yep. I am an anal retentive planner and have found I actually enjoy the planning for Vegas almost more than the being in Vegas part. Now, don't get me wrong, I really, really, enjoy being there, but I like the planning so much that I wish I could keep planning while there. :thumbsup:
     
  4. Turtleman

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    About the only time I get semi-excited about going to Vegas these days is after I've printed my boarding pass (< 24 hours 'til departure), and then I have the miserable task of figuring out what to pack. (And leaving tomorrow morning, I'm currently working on it.) Other than that, going to Vegas has become about as routine as going to work (when I used to go to work). That's probably understandable after nearly 90 trips, most for a week or longer, but I find it somewhat puzzling how the OP can "be at peace" and find it anticlimactic after only 4 trips. Heck, I've only arrived at this nonchalant point a few years ago. I guess it all falls under the heading "different strokes for different folks." Fortunately, after spending an hour in the Sky Club before boarding, and armed with a few drink coupons to use that expire in two weeks anyway, I'm sure my attitude will be sufficiently adjusted in no time! :D
     
  5. Boosty16

    Boosty16 Low-Roller

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    I get that too. Leading up to the trip I am exciting and just can't wait to get there. Then, after we check in and head down I feel like "Ok, lets chill and not gamble too much right off the bat". It's hard to explain, but I get a weird feeling in my stomach kind of like butterfly's and I'm trying to calm them. It happens every time!
     
  6. jerseyguy

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    Usually tired after a long flight ,driving,parking shuttles etc.

    Not to mention trams ,checking in etc. just want to freshen up ,change and maybe grab a bite. Not good with jet-lag ,takes a few days to get up to 100%.
     
  7. blackjacknut

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    I'm excited leading up to, flying to Vegas, getting off the plane I start to feel at home....the limo ride to the hotel excites me again.....checking in and then throwing my stuff in the room. Once I hit the casino I feel that, at home feeling again...so I go through a roller coaster of excitement on my departure day and right through arrival. Wouldn't trade those feelings though for anything....I love VEGAS!!! :thumbsup:
     
  8. JaviSRK

    JaviSRK Low-Roller

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    Usually when I touch down at LAS, my mind usually wonders:

    1. How long will it take me to get to the hotel?
    2. How long is it going to take to check in?
    3. Am I hungry?
    4. What am I going to play first?
     
  9. Jameezy

    Jameezy High-Roller

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    I am always excited planning and leading up to the trip.

    Always pumped once I land and get on the shuttle

    I never feel an anti climatic feeling, but once I'm in the hotel room and I just lay down on the bed a second.......I get that feeling like I'm where I need to be...Like I'm home....
     
  10. Kickin

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    This is completely normal and was written about a lot a couple years back citing studies that showed people's greatest level of happiness was highest during the planning and anticipation portion of their vacations and not during the vacations. They also found that levels of happiness quickly dropped back to normal right after vacations unless the vacations were described as being primarily relaxing in which case happiness levels remained elevated for sometime after. Which makes sense to me from my experience. I've traveled a lot throughout the world but my favorite vacations are when we just go to a nice beach resort and I lay by the beach and pool drinking cocktails, taking a dip, and just chilling out. As well of course those Vegas trips where we don't have any real itinerary for the day and just chill out and gamble and play it all by ear.

    The biggest takeaway though was that the optimal way to boost happiness levels was to take more frequent shorter vacations versus less frequent longer vacations - since that increases the amount of times you get to spend anticipating.
     
  11. RagsPoker

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    With many events, the anticipation is greater than the actual event itself. But, that's not the case yet for me when it comes to a Vegas vacation....the anticipation is great but the actual stay there is so much better...certainly not anti-climactic for me. We never plan much of anything, just play it by ear....that seems to work well for us.:cheers:
     
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