We’ve just returned from a personal trip to Las Vegas to celebrate a birthday milestone. Eight nights in Vegas is clearly too much in one go and I’m surprised booking agencies don’t have pop up warnings against staying more than a few days!
But it’s a great place to go out with friends and we may even do something similar in another 10 years or so if the body is up for the challenge.
Aside from the usual tourist things like the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and shooting weapons which are foreign to us in Australia (my thumb will recover from the 44 magnum I’m told!), there was one thing I did notice around the strip and Freemont Street.
People wear anything they want in Vegas. Seriously, on several occasions I thought mangerie is pretty tame compared to what was going on around some of those casinos. But I also realised that just because you can wear something, it doesn’t mean you should!
All in all it was great trip and the hospitality from everyone we met was incredibly friendly. A special thank you to the staff at Ellis Island Casino as we pretty much adopted the place as our Australian base due to the great service, affordable drinks, fun gambling and the chicken fried steak.
Apologies to anyone that may have received hearing damage from our group singing Aussie songs at all hours of the night and requesting Cold Chisel, AC/DC and Men At Work from anyone with a musical instrument.
The show highlight had to be Absinthe at Caesars which is the most politically incorrect funniest jaw aching show I have ever seen. But take this tip and do not, under any circumstances book seats close to the stage unless you want to be part of the performance or have a desire to be insulted continuously throughout the show! Very very crude and funny.
While in Vegas it became clear very early that I was not going to make a fortune gambling and so we spent most of time touring the area and visiting the various bars.
We also decided to have our birthday/stocktake sale in preparation for more stock that is due to begin arriving mid June.
For just a few more days we are offering 40% off across the store if you use the coupon code vegasbirthday when going through the checkout. Sale ends next week!
With only a few days before we head back to the International Lingerie Show, we’re almost ready for the trip. ?Being based in Australia, it takes an a fair bit of effort to prepare and organise everything prior to the show.
Fortunately, having great people in the US helps take the worry out getting our supplies to Las Vegas and allows us to focus on travel arrangements and preparing for the trip. ?With this being our fourth trip to the ILS and our third as an exhibitor, we’re becoming a little smarter at how we get there and what to expect.
For anyone interested, it’s just over 13 hours flying time direct to LAX from Brisbane, Australia, followed by a few hours stopover before we catch the connecting flight to Las Vegas. ?Total time from arriving at Brisbane airport to walking into the Rio All Suite Hotel is about 22 hours. ?Then another few hours before check in.
From previous trips we’ve come to learn the following-
- Qantas has an awesome entertainment system but get your own headphones (unless you’re in the pointy end of the plane!)
- Jet lag?is a given. ?Inflight drinks do seem to help a little. (see next point)
- Having a partial hangover at LAX immigration is not good. Not good at all.
- Three jumbos arrive at LAX from Australia at the same time each morning. ?Despite how tired you’re feeling, run to customs or prepare to wait. And wait. And wait a little more.
- ?Find coffee, then connecting terminal and try not to fall asleep while waiting for flight to Las Vegas.
- Arrive at Las Vegas terminal and watch all first time visitors stand around in confusion when instructed to catch a train to baggage claim (like we did first time around)
- Avoid the slot machines in the terminal – there are enough at the casinos.
- Arrive at hotel and wait for room by playing penny slot machines and drinking beer for the price of a tip!
- Be amazed at the level of customer service and friendliness of the locals. ?Everywhere. ?Cab drivers, hotel staff and places off the strip. ?Tip accordingly.
- You have as much chance of winning at a Las Vegas Casino as an Aussie one – and if you pick up a win over US$1200, you pay a 30% (roughly) state tax.
- Try not to scream like a girl when in cabs driving around on the right hand side of the road.
For us, the best part is the ILS, the Fashion Show, talking to store owners and other exhibitors about their respective businesses and our own lingerie. ?We like to make a point of walking around the Show a few times and seeing what new products are available and chatting to the owners. ?It’s a fun informative Show, great atmosphere and great organisation. ?There’s never a dull moment in Vegas..