By Danielle Lomax
In my short 21 years of life I have never been able to ring in the new year the “right way”. I’ve also never really cared for having big birthday bashes. This year I decided to be different. Instead of bringing in the New Year in DC and hosting a modest birthday party, I decided to head to Sin City for nine days! Here are a few tips for making the best out of a Vegas experience based off of my mini extravaganza!
1. Shows, Shows, Shows
I kicked off my birthday with a delicious Italian dinner at Trevi in Caesars Palace before heading to see Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity at New York, New York. As a former competitive cheerleader nothing warms my heart more than talented acrobatics. If you’re going to see a show in Vegas, you have to see a Cirque du Soleil production! It is absolutely astonishing how talented the performers are. Zumanity is Cirque du Soleil’s most sensual show. The venue was very intimate which made for a perfect date night! I will say that this show was not for anyone who’s shy. The performers in this show interacted with the audience throughout the entire night. I was fortunate enough to score VIP seats that resulted in tons of free swag! After the show, we headed to the top of The Hotel at the Mandalay Bay for a panoramic view of the city, chic decor and a drink.
2. Gamble with a Conscious
Prior to this trip I had only been to Las Vegas once. This was my first time experiencing the city as a legal adult. With a little pressure from my group, I decided to try my luck in the casino. Who knew that there were so many varieties of slot machines, card games and sporting events? I played Russian Roulette, Blackjack, 3-Card Poker and the traditional slots. After losing a series of games I learned a few tricks of the trade. If you don’t want to lose all of your money separate your gambling money from your general expenses money. If you need more discipline, leave your general expense money in your hotel room. Always leave your credit card at home. That isn’t your money, it’s the bank’s money. I witnessed a guy lose thousands of dollars in a matter of minutes, you don’t want to be that person.
For part two of my Las Vegas adventure, with tips 3-5, look out for my next post later this week!