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Vegas Travel Companions

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Red&BlackSmoke, Feb 20, 2014.

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  1. Red&BlackSmoke

    Red&BlackSmoke Low-Roller

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    I didn't want to hijack the worst travel companions thread so I decided to start my own...

    That thread got me to thinking what did I get myself into???

    I am going to Vegas in April for my 35th Bday with DW, FIL, MIL, BIL, SIL. We all get along for the most part. I let everyone know the flights and hotel and everyone booked their own. The wife and I are all in for travel for $60 with SWA card and comped rooms, had to book early bird for vegas. The in-laws are the same. Now BIL and SIL had to pay for air and hotel probably close to 1200. I got them casino rate to help save them some cash.

    The only thing that we have planned is Zummanity for all six of us that only cost 130 bucks total. Thanks MyVegas. My BIL wants to hit up the Hofbräuhaus, so I am sure we do that, my wife is not excited. Oh well its one lunch and maybe it will be fun.

    The bank roll for me and my wife is probably 5k - 8k for 4 days gambling only. We have been to a casino twice with BIL and SIL, once at an Indian Casino and last Oct in Vegas, just happened to be there at the same time. They ran out of cash both times and weren't having any fun. I have stressed the envelope system to them for this trip, to try and help them control the bankroll.

    I don't want to over plan the trip and just go and have a good time. I hope that it all works out but now am getting a little worried...
     
  2. ButterflyMtn

    ButterflyMtn High-Roller

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    don't over plan and just make it known that while you are there together you don't have to do everything together. If someone doesn't want to do something set up a place and time to meet. If things start going south just tell them "I'll be at the bar when you're finished" and just walk away :beer: that's what I've started to do, I'm there for vacation and fun
     
  3. captainron62

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    I give everyone the same speech before we embark. This is all of our own individual vacations, LV is the hardest place in the world to stay on like schedules in. I recommend leaving things open, set up a meet for breakfast or dinner and leave the other times open. You always have the option to meet up if you want or do your own thing without disappointing anyone.

    Our last three trips everyone has gotten annoyed at me and my GF because they couldnt track us down as often as they wanted to. We made it clear before we left that we have our Vegas routine and dont expect to see us very much. We retired from vacs with others after the last one, we leave next Friday all by ourselves and cannot wait.
     
  4. hammie

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    I really wanted to go here, but never made it. The menu looks great and so do the blond milk-fed Frauleins in low cut uniforms. I could go for some Sauerbraten and Potato dumplings. There is some kind of free beer promotion if you sign up for their newsletter.

    It is uncomfortable to be in Vegas with a family member who's bankroll is substantially less than yours, but its your vacation too.
     
  5. Auggie

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    This is your key to enjoying your vacation. Six people might not seem like that many, but realistically its going to be hard to find and plan things to do that will interest everybody... heck, with six of you its probably going to be hard just doing things like "Hey, why don't we all meet up at ______ at 8AM tomorrow morning for breakfast?"

    The best way to do things will be to plan maybe one big thing and one dinner together and then play the rest by ear where you are willing to break up in to smaller groups or go your separate ways at times.
     
  6. Iu25

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    1200 seems a lot for flights and a room, where are they flying out of? Best thing you can do in Vegas is just enjoy yourself, if others arent having fun, stay away from them becasue they will try and bring your fun down as well. I will in town with a Vegas Virgin next weekend and im not sure how that is going to work either. I know she is a good friend of ours, but im not sure she will want to gamble all night like we do, hoping she will find things to keep her busy if she gets tired of gambling or low on money!
     
  7. phade

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    I've only done one trip to Vegas with my wife. All other trips have been with groups of 6 or more. It can be a headache, especially those who are going for their first time. I get annoyed because I am pressured into playing tour guide and spend a portion of my trip doing that.

    Those who have went with us who have been before always seem to be much better travel partners. Meeting up for a dinner/show/drinks isn't all that hard. For the most part, everybody does their own thing for the day and/or nights with nothing planned in advance/firm.
     
  8. DonnyC

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    Clarity of expectations is the key - in your case it maybe didn't help.

    But for anyone doing any family trip that MIGHT have some separate time...CLARITY! Let everyone express their expectations ahead of time and see if it actually now a trip people want to do.
     
  9. captainron62

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    I have learned that with some people you can say over and over entertain yourself, do your own thing, etc, etc. and it does not help. My friends all consider me the "Vegas guy" and they assume when me and the GF are off by ourselves they are missing something. People tend to feel overwhelmed in LV and want to be held by the hand, even those who are not normally like that. For that reason we are going on our own from here on out. I know enough peeps from this board, and other sites that I can always meet up for dinner and a drink with someone if I wish.
     
  10. Kingbarkus

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    THIS!

    A bad situation can occur if you rent a car like I do and your friend(s) expect you to chauffeur them around. "I wanna go downtown! Let's go!"
    "Take me here, there, everywhere while I get hammered...Vegas, babee!"

    I have to set the rules quick. I'm not much of a drinker so I run around a lot in Vegas, but I'm not a personal driver for anyone. Yes, I still take my friends with me in the car, but on my schedule.
     
  11. Joe Strummer

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    I've gone w/ buddies to Vegas --
    We know each other well enough to let
    "everybody do their own thing."
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    My wife + I have a great time together
    even though she shops + doesn't like Pool time.
    I hate shopping, Celine, and love my pool time.
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    Now, there have been several people who have approached
    me about "let's go to Vegas, man !"
    I declined.
    I couldn't spend more than 2 hours w/ some of these people --
    let alone -- travel time + Vegas vacation time !
    I wouldn't put myself in that situation.
     
  12. ken2v

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    The majority of my trips have been with Terri. I've been solo probably 30 times. We've done the guys golf trip about a dozen times. Several large group trips and a like number of times with the 'rents.

    I'm reading some of these nightmare sagas and just cringing.

    If you know someone is going to be a problem, just say no. And even the best of friends (and spouses) aren't going to see eye-to-eye, and that's easily rectified with flexibility.
     
  13. vegasvic

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    I've organized small groups and large groups. The one thing I've learned over the years is not to try to please everyone. I'll get room rates for 2-3 places, tell everyone where I'm staying and they can stay there, stay at one of the others I've suggested or book something completely different. Same with shows, it's impossible to get a consensus.

    I basically treat group trips to Vegas no differently than when I go with my girlfiend. We do what we want to do and if others want to do the same thing, great, if not they do their own thing.
     
  14. captainron62

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    I have started using a new approach. I have told folks just this week,
    "You don't want to go with us. We go often and are very set in our routines and don't do the touristy things that LV virgins are likely to enjoy."

    So far so good.
     
  15. phade

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    Most of my tag-a-longs are family members or distant family members. Clear expectation setting didn't help.

    Last trip wasn't bad, but there were times where I was frustrated with family members needing me to give them votes of confidence to actually go do something.
     
  16. stackinchips

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    I've been to Vegas with groups of 4 to 30 people. IMO Vegas is the easiest and best place to vacation with a group of people. You don't need a rental car at all, there's a variety of things to do and assuredly there's something for everyone that they'll find interesting, and it's incredibly simple to split up and reconvene and move at your own pace.

    We'll usually all meet up for breakfast, and then from there some people will hit the tables, some will shop, some will play slots, some will go see sights, some will go see a show or some other activity, and then we might all meet up to grab a bite later. Everyone just kind of does their thing, and if there's something else you'd rather do, you go do it. Most destinations this is a problem as you have to have a rental car to get anywhere, which involves coordinating, lots of travel time, and inevitably you have to do things that you don't want to because you're outvoted by the group.

    If anything in Vegas the more people in my travel group the easier. The only time I've ever felt remotely pressured to do anything was when my wife and I were with just one other couple. Then it felt a bit more like we were obligated to have meals together, although we really weren't. When I've been out there with groups of 30 it's great because there's always someone who wants to do what you do out of the 30 and people tend to just group up to do what they want.

    Logistically there's not a better vacation spot for a group of people than Vegas. Add in the variety of attractions and activities and it's perfect for large groups.

    The only thing I can't figure out is how people used to do Vegas before cell phones! I can't imagine trying to find someone without a phone.
     
  17. VegasGroove

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    2 Stories:

    1. I have a friend who knows my Vegas trip frequency. She always says, "next time you go, I'm going, I mean it this time". I just say "oh okay". We both know she isn't going. And I would never want her to go with me anyway. She isn't a gambler and I know she will want a "tour". Uh - no.

    2. I have a neighbor that goes to Jamaica twice a year. Last year, she practically begged me to go with her and her friend. She went on and on about they stay at the same villa and know the place well and have such a blast each time. I flat out told her I would never travel to Jamaica with her or anywhere else for that matter. That I knew we would not be good travel companions. She laughed it off, but never mentioned it again. I like her as a neighbor, but traveling? Uh - no.
     
  18. Red&BlackSmoke

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    I am defiantly gonna just state a time that we are gonna meet for one activity a day. The rest of the time I am sure that maybe we can just go our own way and enjoy the time in LV.

    The group is game for a group bet that we are gonna put in $50 each and run it through 15 spins on a 2 credit $5 slot. Cash out. The other $150 we are gonna put on each persons BDAY on the roulette wheel. If any number hits it pays 875. We have agreed no matter what after the 15 spins and the one spin in roulette we are gonna cash out and split, I don't want anyone changing the rules during the group bet.

    Thank you all for your input...BTW we are flying out of LBB (Lubbock) direct to LAS. Its close to $500 RT per person. Thankfully me and DW have SWA card and get two roundtrips a year
     
  19. Terry Benedict

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    I think the Zumanity show is enough planning. I think you all will just text each other what you're going to do and if the others want to come along then they meet up.

    "We're leaving the room in half an hour to go to the Bellagio Fountains."
    That's it.

    We let everyone know the morning cell phone rule because everyone has different morning routines: If you don't want to be woken up by your cell phone, turn it off. We will text our friends where we're going to breakfast or pool. They may not be awake, but when they turn on their phones we'll meet up. On the other side, we have woken up to find out they've walked the Strip since 7am.

    Don't agonize over it. You'll set yourself up for failure. It's gonna be a great time. Happy birthday!
     
  20. Jonnyvegas

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    I have 3 siblings. They all came out for our wedding in 2004. I assumed that would be the last time we were all there together. Well in 2012, we planned to go with my brother and his fiance who also love Vegas. Due to facebook posts, by sister basically said, hmmm what are you planning and what about us.

    To make a very long story short, my brother, and 2 sisters with the significant others all came with us. We are all diffierent and to some degree dreaded the whole trip. I ended up planning everything and went a little overboard force - feeding everyone Vegas facts and tidbits.

    My one sister and boyfriend are so not Vegas type people. I didnt' think my other sister and her husband wouldn't like it for other reasons. Lo and behold it turned out awesome. We all got along great. We had plenty of time together and apart.

    A good family will make it work regardless of different budgets or interests.
     
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