The Monday Link – Before You Plan Your Las Vegas Vacation


After returning from Las Vegas, I thought it would be apropos to make this Monday’s Link about planning your next Vegas Vacation. has a good blueprint when planning your Las Vegas Trip as a newbie or frequent visitor. TripSavvy calls itself “a travel site written by real experts, not anonymous reviewers, with hometown pride, parents who are road trip heroes, cruise junkies who know every ship at sea, and virtually everyone else in-between.”

So, how do you plan a trip to Vegas? Some plan every minute, some plan by the sections of the day. There are many Las Vegas lovers who visit without any direction or itinerary. “Go with the flow” is their motto.

To be honest, the first investigation is with yourself and those going. Here are a few NETG suggestions:

  1. When tripping to Las Vegas with others, meet before to find common ground, interests and vacationing.
  2. Determine how much gambling is important to your trip. As a group, time in Vegas is easily wasted waiting for others
  3. It’s important to understand that time together and time for individual adventure is important.
  4. Discuss transportation – how are you or the group getting around and how far do you expect to travel? Are you only spraying on the Strip, going downtown, checking out sites outside Las Vegas?
  5. Plan your meals at first – more time is wasted waiting in buffet lines and dining options.

So the following article is good place to start, or a good reminder of what you might have missed.

“Before You Plan Your Las Vegas Vacation”

by Zeke Quezada has many Las Vegas articles for everyone’s interest. Check them out.



Las Vegas Continues to Evolve Away from Gambling

Las Vegas SignLast week, NETimeGambling continued it’s casino visits for the summer, taking it on the road and flying to a destination like no other – Las Vegas.

Las Vegas is like New England weather – it can change in a minute.  When visiting Vegas only once each year, the changes can be HUGE.

Gone since our last visit – the Riviera, Las Vegas Club, La Bayou, Mermaids (and their “fried oreos”).

Fried Oreos at Mermaids for $2.99 - gone.

Fried Oreos at Mermaids for $2.99 – gone.

New – Lucky Dragon Casino, SLS, The Park – MGM’s answer to Caesars “The Linq.” MGM’s T-Mobile Arena is a great addition for large performances and events.  It’s curious to find numerous food chains popping up in the same city that showcases some of the best chef’s of the day. What’s even curious? – by next year, Las Vegas will have it’s first NHL Hockey team, and the Oakland Raiders may have decided to move their franchise to Las Vegas as well.T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas

What continues to be seen is worse gambling odds as good gambling chances continue to fall – less full pay Video Poker, lower free odds in Craps, more 6:5 Blackjack and more electronic tables games.  Compared to the Las Vegas Strip casinos, you can find better video poker and table games at Mohegan Sun & Foxwoods in CT, and better slot % payouts at Twin River Casino (RI) and Plainridge Park(MA).

The Las Vegas Strip

The Las Vegas Strip

But, no where in the world is there a place like Las Vegas  where anyone can enjoy it all!  Great gambling if you look for it, some of the best restaurants, great craft brewers and drinks made to order, and the best in entertainment – single performances, residencies or shows lasting years. The innovations in food, drink, and hotel amenities are astounding.  Where else can you:

  • Enjoy the best donuts (like the Pop Tart S’mores donut) at Donut Bar, Downtown.

    S'mores Pop Tart Donut

    S’mores Pop Tart Donut

  • Eat a decadent sorbet/gelato dessert at Giada’s – and maybe meet the Food Network Star herself.
  • Enjoy three Zip line rides, as well as three rides atop the highest free standing structure west of the Mississippi River at the Stratosphere.
  • Enjoy a Mac & cheese waffle!
  • See Celine, Elton, JayLo, Britney, …even the Beegees & Michael Jackson.
  • choose to see any of six Cirque Du Soleil shows, one even dedicated to the music of the Beatles.

    Beatles Love - Cirque Du Soleil at its best.

    Beatles Love – Cirque Du Soleil at its best.

There is so much to do and see in Las Vegas besides gambling. We have visited Las Vegas for over 25 years.  We even stayed in the places like the Hacienda Hotel & Casino – before it was imploded for Mandalay Bay in the 90’s.Hacienda Las VegasIf you are interested in visiting Las Vegas – either for the first time or for the 21st time – contact me.  “Binbin Travel” used to be our nickname, since we always loved to take “Vegas newbies” to the desert with us.  Send me your questions or specific suggestions.

I will look forward to hearing from you.