I thought I would post a TR on are first 5 trips, so everyone can get to know us a little bit. I have a lot going on for the next few months, so it may take a while to post all. Should I post them to this thread or start a new thread each time? Trip #1 My wife won a $1500 travel voucher at work in 2005, and she really wanted to go to Vegas. We had two kids in college so vacations were not in the plans. Neither of us had ever flown, but rumor was they had booze on the plane so I was willing to try it. We knew nothing about Vegas, My wife met with the travel agent and we did what she recommended. She failed completely, late flight out of Erie, pa. on a Friday night with a 2.5 hr. lay over in Cleveland. So we get to Cleveland and figure we might as well go out security and have a smoke or two. Some guy bums a light, and we chatted a bit, turns out he was going to Vegas also, same airline. Leaving in 40 minutes. So we run back in, and they switch us to the earlier flight. It was boarding as we got are tickets. Cool we saved 1.5 hrs. When we landed in Vegas we used the voucher for the shuttle, that the travel agent got us to get to the Excalibur, after sitting in the shuttle for ½ hr. or so, and sight seeing for another hour or so. We were dropped at the rear of the Excalibur the last shuttle stop. (so much for the saved time) I also learned that even with poor service people still expect a tip. After finding the frt. Desk and checking in, it was almost midnight. We gambled most of the night, had breakfast and went to sleep at about 7 am. We pretty much stayed close to Excalibur and the casinos around it, walking around drinking and playing slots and VP, For the three days we were there. We did catch one free impersonators show that wasn’t bad, but I was drinking so who knows. The Tropicana machines treated us the best, and as I only brought $600 cash and planned to hit Atm’s as needed. I was happy to come home with cash (never hitting an ATM) I wanted to rent a car on the last day and go sight seeing, maybe go to the dam. But my wife hates big city traffic and after the shuttle ride, she didn’t want to drive around Vegas. I kept the room for another night, so we had a place to relax as are flight out wasn’t till 11 pm Excalibur comped the late check out, and a few meals so it worked out ok. Decided on a cab back to the airport, screw the shuttle. Can’t remember the price exactly, but I remember the shuttle was $18 x 2 for round trips and a cab both ways would have been about half that + tip. Red eye flight home Monday night was delayed, so when we got to Cleveland Tuesday morning. We had to run from one end of the airport to the other, to catch our connection home. And just made it in time. I wasn’t overly impressed with the trip,(that came on later trips) but my wife loved it. So I knew we would be going back. I did learn a few things, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Buffalo are all only about 100 miles from home and they all have non-stop flights. Skip the shuttle, and bring comfortable shoes. And most importantly never trust a travel agent.