Back in April, the hubs and I traveled to Las Vegas and had a grand ol' time. Upon returning, we were swept away with this and that so here we are several months later and I am finally carving out the space to post on that trip. Here we go!
So, the people who know us well were a bit perplexed by our decision to make Las Vegas our travel destination this year. Especially since while we think we are super cool and party hard in the Andrew WK-live-an-intentional-and-fun-life type of way, neither of us drink alcohol or enjoy the party club scene and we do appreciate a good night's sleep. Simply put, Vegas seemed like a place that we could share some new, fun and interesting experiences together in a semi-affordable way - which is always a factor for us but most especially this year as we bought a house.
We flew into Vegas on Spirit airlines on a Saturday afternoon. It was our first time flying Spirit so that was an experience of itself. It was cheap and that is exactly what we wanted but the strict baggage limits and tighter quarters made for a more stressful and uncomfortable trip. Once in Vegas, we got our rental car, ate In N' Out burger (a must!), checked into our room at the Treasure Island Hotel and slept incredibly well. One of the perks of traveling within our home country was dealing with minimal jet lag, which is something I really appreciated about this trip.
After a good nights sleep, we were up and roaring to go Sunday morning - thanks partially to the Hotel's amazing black-out curtains.
The Strip refers to Las Vegas Boulevard, which travels North/South and encompasses the newer casinos. We started the day walking the strip and quickly learned there were no affordable and convenient breakfast options - lunch trucks anyone? So we opted to eat at Planet Hollywood's breakfast buffet. It was expensive ($35 each) but good food - especially the yogurt parfait!
We then walked the strip some more... Walking was a big theme of this trip! We were surprised to learn that this particular week was for Hollywood television screening tests and being out of state tourists, we were quickly recruited for this. It involved watching a twenty minute television show pilot and noting our reactions - in return we were given $20 each and a restaurant coupon. I was shocked that we were actually making money on this trip! I was hooked!
We walked towards the MGM and were recruited again. It was a similar set up but we were each given $5 coupons to Starbucks and invited to a focus group the next day where we would each earn $50 for participating. Of course, we committed but swore it would be our last one as we did not want to spend the whole trip being paid to watch television... although I was tempted!
And we were off walking some more... boy, am I glad I brought supportive shoes!
We stopped at the Flamingo's Casino to see the 2pm feeding of their flamingo and pelican habitat.
We then went back to the hotel room to rest and later that day drove off the strip to explore a bit. Our hotel had a free parking garage, which was great and super convenient. We enjoyed some smoothies and made our way towards the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, which is famous for being apart of the Pawn Stars show on the History Channel. The shop is closer to Old Vegas and in a neighborhood I would not necessarily recommend walking around alone at night in. When we visited, it was not crowded and parking was easy to find. Although, it must become crowded often as there was a waiting area outside. None of the show's stars were there but it was still cool to check it all out!
We then drove back to the Strip and walked some more - this time, checking out the Bellagio's water show.
And that is it for now but stay tuned for more to come.
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