Planning my trip to Las Vegas

welcome-to-las-vegas-signI can’t believe I am going to Las Vegas in less than nine weeks and I am super excited. I am flying out on the 25th of June from London with Virgin Atlantic and come back on the 11th of July. It will be my 4th time in Las Vegas and yet, there are so many things I want to do. I still haven’t been to the Grand Canyon, but I might not do it until next year. My friend Lisa, that also lives in Lugano, will be in Las Vegas for a few days, but she leaves one day after I arrive. Luckily she comes back for one more night on the 1st of July, before heading home to Switzerland.

Las Vegas Budget

When I planned my finances for this year in January, I knew that I couldn’t splash out as much money in Las Vegas as I have done in the past. I usually stayed at 5* Hotels and spent a lot of money on fine dining and shopping. Moving to Switzerland was more expensive than I thought and I had to use some money from my planned travel allowance for 2016, hence I am trying to stay at a few different hotels with different price levels. It’s a win win situation as I get to experience more hotels and I can save some money too.

On the 3rd of July I will to Los Angeles for two nights, staying one night and flying back to Vegas on the 4th of July in time for the big Independence Day party. I hope the party isn’t going to get too crazy, as I am trying to eat as healthy as possible in Las Vegas. LA will be halfway through my holiday, so it’s a good idea to try out all the healthy food shops in town.

Activities in Las Vegas

I still have not been to the Grand Canyon, but I doubt I will be able to go this year. I don’t want to go on my own and all my friends who will be in Las Vegas have already been to the Grand Canyon. I also haven’t been inside a few hotels yet and that’s one thing I want to do this year.

The LINQ Highroller

The LINQ Highroller Las Vegas
I still haven’t been on the LINQ Highroller observation wheel. It’s the focal point of The LINQ promenade, an open-air shopping, dining and entertainment district that was still under construction last time I was in Las Vegas. It’s 550 feet high and was not only voted ‘Best Attraction’ but also the ‘Best Amusement Ride’ and ‘Best Place to View the City’ by the readers and editors of the Las Vegas Review Journal. It’s the tallest observation wheel in the world, 110 feet taller than the London Eye.

The new nightclubs in Las Vegas

There are two new night clubs in Las Vegas I haven’t been to and this year I want to change that: Hakkasan and Omnia. Both belong to the Hakkasan Group and my friends who have visited it, only told me great things about it.

Hotels in Las Vegas

I still haven’t decided where I will stay in Las Vegas yet. In the past I stayed at the Aria, the Vdara, the Cosmopolitan and a couple of others. This year I am going to cover a few articles for Ideal Travel and I would like to stay at a few different hotels, probably one budget, one midrange and one for luxury travellers. I am currently on holiday in Aegina and once I have a little bit of time, I’ll sit down and work out my budget for my trip.

Have you been to Las Vegas recently? Can you recommend things to do and did you like where you stayed?

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