Sin City, or as I like to call it, Disney World for adults. It’s the town where anyone can feel like a million bucks and everyone’s a winner; where parties last all night and where you can get married at a moment’s notice. Las Vegas is a ton of fun, which is why it attracts over 40 million visitors every year. It doesn’t matter what time of year or even what time of day you go, there’s always something to see and do… but if it’s your first time, make sure to keep the following in mind:

Keep the Trip Short

Like I said earlier, there’s a lot to see and do in Vegas, but don’t worry about seeing and doing all of it the first time you go. See, Las Vegas is best experienced in small doses. After about your third day of partying and gambling and staying up all night, you’re going to be tired, broke and ready to go home. Almost everyone who has ever booked a long trip in Vegas has experienced this burnout, so take my advice and shoot for a 4 day, 3 night trip your first time.

Plan to Lose Your Money

One mistake that many first-time Vegas goers make is to come with too little money and end up losing it all on the first night. They have two options from thereon out- either not gamble (which is a kind of the point of coming in the first place) or hitting up an ATM (which is a BIG no-no). Treat your gambling money like it’s paying for an adrenaline rush and don’t treat it like it’s some sort of investment that you’re going to get huge returns on. Make sure you decide ahead of time how much you’re willing to pay for that adrenaline rush, get that money in cash, and when that money is gone, stop gambling.

Play Smart Games

With that being said, there are certain games in the casino which don’t favor the house as much as others, meaning your money will last longer if you stick to those games. Craps and Blackjack are the two most player-friendly, and they also happen to be some of the most fun (mostly due to the fact that you win more when playing them!). When it comes to Blackjack, look up the rules and basic betting strategy before your trip and do some practicing at home, and when you get to Vegas, find tables with small minimum bets to get your feet wet. As for Craps, basically any table will teach you on the fly, and many casinos have specific times where they’ll introduce first timers to the game.

Take in a Show

Vegas is home to a plethora of entertainment acts, from burlesque shows to stand-up comedy routines and regular concerts from major musicians. You need to go to at least one of these acts during your stay, but to get the most bang for your buck and to see something you’ve probably never seen before, my recommendation is one of the Cirque de Soleil shows. The mind-blowing visuals, strange comedy and thrilling acrobatics make a Cirque show absolutely worth it, every time.

Don’t Get Conned

With so many wide-eyed tourists exploring the city for the first time, there is definitely a market for con artists to take the money that tourists are so easily willing to spend. If anyone is offering you anything like a “free night in this hotel with a $50 deposit and you have to attend a short meeting,” ignore it. If some random guy on the street tells you he’ll get you on the list at Vegas’ hottest club if you give him $20, say thanks but no thanks. Basically, if anything doesn’t feel right, you should trust your instincts. The only people you should be giving money to are casino dealers, cocktail waitresses and doormen. That’s it.

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I'm Nate, a freelance writer from Denver... I like to hike, camp and all of that stereotypical stuff!

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