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Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by treegle, Jul 21, 2014.

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  1. treegle

    treegle Tourist

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    I thought a thread particularly for Brits heading to Vegas might be useful. Below are just a few thoughts I came up with, but I am sure there is loads of other advice out there which could be useful for the first-timer, or in fact any returning Brit.

    Most of my initial thoughts are generic for travel to the US, but feel free to add your own.

    Getting There:

    Never…ever…try to be the funny guy with US immigration. And be slightly wary of what you choose to put onto social media. Your funny, may not be Mr US Immigrations funny! In an extreme case, this can happen:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16810312

    Remember to apply for your ESTA. No ESTA, no holiday.

    If you’re flying with Virgin Atlantic and you have an economy ticket, try to book one of the few economy seats on the ‘top-deck’ of the 747-400. For no extra charge you will probably find you have a little extra space, and because you form the ‘annex’ to Premium Economy, the flight attendants are a little more attentive.

    Language:

    It’s an old quote, but it’s still true to this day: “The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language”. Here are just a few words which have a slightly, and some potentially embarrassing, difference of meaning:
    Fags, Fanny, Football, Jelly, Lift, Pants, Knickers, Rubber, Chips, Bum, Biscuit, Shag, Buns, Spunk, Gas, Spanner.

    Tipping:

    Do it. Tip just about everyone for just about everything they do for you. Unless they are crap, then don’t tip.

    The problem with Brits and tipping is that we’re just not used to having to do it. Everything seems to come with a service charge so we don’t feel the need. The cultural difference is that the person who has served your drink, or the Blackjack dealer who has just facilitated your winning/losing a fortune are usually on minimum wage. And again, this may not sound too horrendous to Brits, until you realise that the minimum wage in Nevada is a lot less generous than that in the UK. These people rely on tips to make a liveable income.

    Driving

    The easiest place to drive outside of the UK. Once you get used to the wrong-side of the car on the wrong-side of the road (which doesn't actually take very long), it is a piece of cake. Most cars are automatic, in fact I have never come across a hire car in the US which isn't. And you get to turn right at red-lights (most of the time)
     
  2. Guy

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    On the first couple of days of the trip you always have some mini 'walk of shame' moments when you instinctively try to get into the right-hand seat of the car.

    The other driving 'funnies' are 4-way stops (and indeed having STOP signs in the middle of no-where), being allowed to undertake on multi-lane roads, and not having directional roadsigns to the same extent as Europe.

    Conversely, if you have a Premium Economy ticket with Virgin then try to get the downstairs cabin as otherwise you get all the upstairs economy passengers wandering through the cabin to use the toilet.... :)

    Another topic is Sales Tax and other random fees being added to (most?) items when you come to pay which might make bargain prices seem better than they actually are.
     
  3. asti

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    4-way stops are just mean- AND.... there is one just yards after you turn out of the car rental facility... evilllll especially when you are still reciting the clerks instructions on how to get on the strip.... turn right right and right! I always have Magy on "tell me if I get too close to the left hand lane" duty lol. But I agree driving is a doddle.

    No doubt 1st night body clock says ohhh 4am time to get up!!! dont fight it-- get up and go see the casino at its quietest- you will be amazed how many are still up and about- grab a coffee and a muffin this is vegas!! who needs clocks!

    And for info an Entree is a main course. Check out the portion sizes- do you really need one each? can you share and order a desert if needed? And if you do order too many pancakes etc feel free to ask the waitress to box them- they will no problem.

    Another thing we are not used to is carrying ID with us.In the vast majority of
    places (but not all) your photo driving licence is all you need. A few places (D are you listening?) insist on a passport which I think is just madness to carry around. I have a copy for the number. If that is not enough for them with my original licence it is their loss. I have only ever had problems at the D and Sahara (and that one is no more!)

    Supermarket names may be unfamiliar, so if you have a car and want supplies and see a Smiths, Vons or Albertsons.. they are all large supermarkets so drive on in. Not all Walmart (aka Asda lol) have a full grocery section but should be good for what you need. And... in that supermarket expect funny looks if you even try to pack your own bags. They will pack them for you.If you try expect to have them checked for rogue items on the way out (well they do me anyway!)

    Anyone any more?
     
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    If you order lemonade you will get a drink that in no way resembles Sprite.
     
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    Nope. Never did that myself...honest...that anybody noticed anyway.
     
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    If you get a hand pay, dont forget to tell them your a non US citizen and dont deduct the taxes. Get them to fill out the paperwork for your iTin number there and then ( if you dont already have it ), takes a while but once you have it you wont need to do the paperwork again. Keep it recorded on your phone for hopefull further use :evillaugh
     
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    Be prepared for "do you all live in castles? do you have roads? your accent is so fake. Do you know aunt Mable? I went to England once. It rains a lot doesn't it?"

    Using your fork in your left hand is illegal. Right hand only.

    Using more than one set of utensils is against the law - use your knife and fork for every course.

    English beer is warm. Always. don't try to set them right on that - it'll upset their universe.

    and if they do know an English beer it'll be bottled New Castle (yes it is spelt like that!!) and that's the finest English beer ever.

    and be prepared to talk about your accent every time you communicate. EVERY TIME. Even if you've lived here for years....
     
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    Readingfanman Low-Roller

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    Dont worry yourself by giving yourself 3 hours at McCarran when flying home. You dont need that long to get through security, and there's bugger all at the international terminal!

    Do always say you're from near London. Because even if you live in John O Groats, yes, you are less than 500 miles from London, and therefore, you're near London in American scales.
     
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    Haha, this is all great stuff! Been looking for some Brit-based advice, seeing as I'm off in only 1.5weeks! Keep it coming guys!

    Question about hand-pays (wishful thinking I know :evillaugh ) for UK citizens. I'm aware we don't have to pay tax, but will the person doing the handpay need to see your passport?
     
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    If your flying indirect to Vegas from the UK, try to avoid Chicago or if you do go that way allow yourself plenty of layover time as immigration is not quick here, on the flip side do use Atlanta if your going indirect, easy to navigate and immigration is very quick.
     
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    Dublin is also worth looking at as you can go through immigration here and skip it in Vegas.
     
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    Be ready to walk a lot when there , even from getting to/from your room, the sheer size of the place and the optical illusions that the hotels give you are hard to explain. We walked to the sign last year and it looks a lot closer to Mandalay Bay than it is. We enjoy walking and its a good way to try and shift some calories.
     
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    We got caught out with the everything looks close on our first trip, we walked from MGM to the Stratosphere , and I think the words used was, "it doesn't look that far", the Deuce is certainly my friend now.
     
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    Quick question: Why is using your fork in your left hand illegal? right hand only?
     
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    Yeah that is a long walk. How long did it take?
     
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    Canadian, sorry for getting involved in your post, but we get exactly the same treatment - accent, can you say "a-boot" (about) for me?; met Bob from Canada, do you know him? (yep, six of them, in fact!); where you from (if you live within 500kms from Toronto, the answer is Toronto, anywhere else, they just nod like they know EXACTLY where it is); went to Niagara Falls last year, you from anywhere near there (after telling them I'm from Calgary and it's 3000kms away); can you say eh for me...eh?; do you live in an igloo??. Its all fun times and makes me feel better about my knowledge of international geography. Almost everyone means well by asking, I never disparage anyone.

    Completely agree with treating US customs very well. When the US shut down their departments last year to save money, the TSA had to continue working and weren't paid. If they didn't show up for work, they'd have been fired. Laws are certainly different in every country...some better. some worse. I don't envy them and appreciate it every time they let me in to go on vacation.
     
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    I would like to meet someone from Moose Jaw or Medicine Hat Canada....

    Moose Jaw may be the coolest name for a city in the world.
     
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    Oh, would you just assimilate already? :poke:
     
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    Be prepared for your beer to be cold, very cold. (I know they serve beer much warmer in the UK, but I wasn't old enough to drink it when I went there.)
     
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    We walked from MGM to the Strat last year and we probably took 3 hours to get there but visited a few hotels on the way up and stopped off at the Peppermill for breakfast . We knew it was a few miles but the Strat always looks like "its not that far" . We did the walk in February and it was really enjoyable but I don't know how it would be in the summer
     
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