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Would You Take A Working Vacation To Vegas?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by ExVegasLocal, May 29, 2015.

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  1. ExVegasLocal

    ExVegasLocal Low-Roller

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    Have you ever had a working vacation in Vegas? If so, was it worth it, or should you just have stayed home?

    I can work anywhere that I have internet access. I have a ton of room comps at nice hotels in Vegas, but my vacation time is already spoken for because I have booked a trip to Rome in the fall. As an aside, I don't have a ton of money because I just dropped a staggering amount on the plane tickets for the Rome trip.

    I'm considering spending a week in Vegas this summer, but I'll have to spend my days (9-5) in front of my computer in the hotel room. During the week, I would only have evenings free. And I would have one day from each weekend free, at the beginning and end of the week. I'd also be low-rollin' all week.

    I'm torn whether I should book the comps and just enjoy being away, or whether I should just stay home and forget about Vegas this summer.
     
  2. Snidely

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    Is this a trick question? From 5pm to 9am is when all the fun stuff happens.
     
  3. ken2v

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    I've had gobs of working trips. But my work is admittedly somewhat unique.

    Is this worth it to you? That's the only answer that matters. Cost -- there still will be costs -- v. value of the experience.
     
  4. azlefty

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    I've done it and I enjoyed it. However it may not be for everyone. Personally I get quality work done actually working at a table in a casino lounge, because I do my best work in ambient-noisy environments and don't feel compelled to gamble all of the time. I probably didn't get as much done as I would have at home. It's definitely not for everyone. Only you can decide if you won't be tempted away from what you are supposed to be doing.

    That said, if you can't set aside a couple days at the end of your trip to enjoy yourself, it might not be worth it.

    I like being in vegas during the summer because it is cheap, especially if paying your own freight, and I find it relaxing. Stay Sunday thru Friday and rooms may be cheaper than your rent/mortgage at home. I suggest a place like the Tuscany Suites, Eastside Cannery or some other place which has a semi-kitchenette or at least a small refrigerator so you don't have to eat out for every meal, which can get kind of old after a while, and rent a cheap car so you can easily go to the store or a restaurant other than what is onsite. You can also sometimes find good deals on other people's timeshares on ebay. (full apartment, but no daily housekeeping). If your room doesn't have a refrigerator, you can get a small cooler something like this or use the ice bucket to keep a small container of milk, etc.

    It probably won't have the crazy intensity of a regular trip to vegas, but you still may be able to get your fix.

    p.s. if you need wifi for your work, don't forget to check the wifi situation including the cost and quality of connection.
     
  5. ExVegasLocal

    ExVegasLocal Low-Roller

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    I'd be at Red Rock and the Golden Nugget (a few days at each), so no kitchenette. I'm not worried about saving money on meals. I can afford to eat out. I'd just be low-rollin' at the tables and the slots - maybe $200-$300 per evening.

    My main concern was whether it would make me crazy to be upstairs working in my room during the day, knowing I could be downstairs having fun. Or watching folks have a great time at the pool from my hotel window while I'm sitting on conference calls. I should add that I can come and go to get a meal or a cup of coffee, but I have to actually accomplish some stuff, so I can't be away from my room for long stretches during the day. I can't be running downstairs to gamble during the day. I can do what I want in the evenings.
     
  6. vegasbound

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    The real question is are you disciplined? If you're impulsive, easily distracted, etc. It will probably be too much of a temptation. If you are able to keep focused, stay on task, etc. then it will probably work out just fine. Too many people kid themselves, so it's important to be honest. That way you don't set yourself up for disaster.
     
  7. SH0CK

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    I think I'd find a way to do most of the work on the laptop down at the pool until time for a conference call then head back to the room for quieter surroundings. Either way, I'd give it a go.
     
  8. RockyBalboa

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    I will have a semi working trip in July.

    I was always totally against it because I go to Vegas to completely unplug myself from reality and work. However there is a trade show that will be there in July and I am interested in seeing it so I cut a deal with my boss. I'll go to Vegas on Monday night (and work half a day Monday) so of the four full work days I will be there he will only hit me for two vacation days. They also paid for my flight and will cover some taxi's, a couple meals and half of my uncomped night.

    So I will do my best to be sober and awake at a reasonable time :evillaugh
     
  9. ExVegasLocal

    ExVegasLocal Low-Roller

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    I have worked from home for years, so I am disciplined. I think I'll book the trip. I have an email in to my host at RR. Thanks for the replies!
     
  10. DaiLun

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    I've done it and don't have the discipline to do it, and have told my bosses that I would "prefer" not to go.

    I only go to Las Vegas (or anywhere in Nevada, for that matter) for one thing.
     
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    I've been there for work, but I was actually doing an audit for the City of Las Vegas, so I was in their City Hall & HQ which is right near downtown LV. I was literally working a 9-5 for 5 days in an office there, and my window could see downtown. I can't even being to explain how difficult it was for me to be productive.......
     
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    I attended conferences for many years and I found the longer I was in town, the less of a distraction. For a week you should be fine knowing that you have so much free time still ahead, especially if your evenings are open. What drove me nuts were the 2-4 night conferences/trade shows with customer dinners many evenings and meetings in the morning.
     
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    I could do it but I'd be resentful and cranky while working.
     
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    Being in Vegas and having to work other than possibly checking email every few days would be torture.

    I go to Vegas on vacation to get the hell away from all that. I spend the month before a trip making sure all my work is wrapped up with a nice neat bow before I go.
     
  15. shifter

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    I've traveled to Vegas for work.

    I've also taken trips where I claimed I was going to work.

    In neither case did much work actually get done.
     
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    Since I'm lucky to have clients in Las Vegas, I do get (or make up an excuse to get) :) a trip there every few months on average. I almost always extend it a day on one end or the other, leveraging a weekend if I possibly can.

    The problem I had at first was staying up too late on the nights before I had to do real work and being a total space case, then crashing late afternoon and waking up 1-2 in the morning. I've learned to keep normal hours on the true work nights. Another thing I had to learn is that the local co-workers do NOT typically want to get off, do a buffet, and casino surf and such. They want to get home and such. One exception, often, is Friday, and then it's something like a local PTs and such.
     
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    It does take some discipline.

    I have been traveling to Las Vegas for work since 1999, sometimes for one day, sometimes for 30 days at a stretch. Most of the time it is a two week trip.

    Since you mentioned you gamble, get it out of your system a day early. Book into RR one day early just for fun, lounge around the pool, play in the casino to soothe the gambling jones, drink whatever you desire and then the fascination will have worn off and reality will have set in. No, you didn't hit the Megabucks, didn't make your fire bet, red 27 didn't come up with two black chips on it.....

    The next days are easier. I've been doing this for years. I generally come in a day early, leave a day late, play very little at night, in bed by 9, no booze because differential equations are tough with a hangover!, eat light meals but have the option of ripping it up on weekends.

    Each person will handle this differently. It sounds like you had your mind made up before you made the post. I bet this works out just fine for you.
     
  18. ExVegasLocal

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    I will actually have the Sunday prior to the work week to do what I want, plus the evenings, plus I may take the Friday of that week off.

    I didn't have my mind made up before posting, but some of the responses helped me decide. I think I can deal with it.

    To clarify, I am not actually going to Vegas because I need to work there. I will just be working in Vegas, instead of working in my home office.

    Whatever I eventually do, it's an interesting conversation. Thanks for all the replies.
     
  19. ExVegasLocal

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    Absolutely right. When I lived there, I stayed home on weeknights. Come Friday, I knew my bar stool at Silverton was waiting for me and the bartender had already poured a scotch for me before I could even fix my mouth to order it. When co-workers would come to town to business, they would want to go out after work, usually to the Strip. Sometimes I took them around, but after a few years, I got tired of playing "tour guide" and just left them to their own devices...or vices, as the case may be.
     
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    I've done this a few times as my GF lives...well, lived as of tomorrow...in Vegas and I don't. I'd take a week paid vacation from work and work remotely for another week and have 2 weeks in Vegas.

    You're in Vegas, and getting paid for it, but you can't really go wild and keep your job (in my case at least).

    As already mentioned, locals don't generally act like tourists. They aren't on vacation. Imagine going to NYC and expecting everyone to be in holiday mode the entire time :)

    If you have some friends there who do shift work it is cool because bartenders / servers / waitresses etc tend to like go wind down with drinks more and the rotation usually means you can find someone to drink with.

    I enjoy it because of that and I always found a nice spot to work. Although I try to limit Skype meetings to audio only if I'm sat in a bar lol.

    If you can trust yourself to get the work done and have a good time then sure, why not. Go for it.
     
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