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5 Things I learned from My Last Trip to Vegas

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As a first-time visitor, I had the perception that Las Vegas’ reputation is a kitschy “Disneyland for adults”. Just thinking about a trip to Las Vegas used to get my heart pumping and endorphins flowing. “The City That Never Sleeps” or “Tinsel Town” or “Old Gambley”, highly regarded as one of the most popular, exciting, and iconic cities in the world, offering everything from around-the-clock gambling and jaw-dropping architecture to an epic club scene and gourmet restaurants. It’s almost impossible to be bored here. But, the first-time visitors may feel overwhelmed or surprised by the laws, offerings, and customs that differ greatly from most other U.S. cities.

5 Things I learned from My Last Trip to Vegas

Here are the 5 things I learnt from my last trip to Vegas:

You can’t hail a taxi on the street and don’t get long-hauled.

It’s a rookie mistake to try and hail a cab on the streets of Las Vegas. By law, taxis (and ride-sharing services) are only allowed to pick up and drop off passengers in designated areas (usually in front of a casino), meaning you’ll have to join an often incredibly long queue of riders to get anywhere in the city. It’s a good idea to pad your transportation time by 30 minutes to get anywhere in Las Vegas.

5 Things I learned from My Last Trip to Vegas

Also, if a cab driver asks if this is your first visit to Las Vegas, they’re likely not just making small talk. Long-hauling, taking passengers on a longer route than necessary to increase the fare, is not unusual in Vegas. The best way to avoid it is by mapping your destination before you get in the cab and by being precise about what route you want the driver to take.

Stick to a gambling budget

Gambling is one of the best aspects of a Las Vegas visit. However, it can get out of hand quickly. Make a budget of how much money you have to gamble (that is, how much money you’re prepared to lose) well before you hit the free drinks, pumping music, and siren sounds of the gaming floor. As an incentive to keep gamblers gambling, most casinos send out a small army of scantily-clad cocktail servers to take free drink orders. But, once you arrive at that threshold, it’s time to walk.

5 Things I learned from My Last Trip to Vegas

Not Asking for a Room Upgrade

Well, most hotels in Las Vegas are often willing to upgrade you to a suite if there is one available. All you have to do is ask the representative at the front desk if they have any complimentary upgrades. If you’re lucky, they will give one with no questions asked. But, be sure to tip generously if they are able to accommodate you.

5 Things I learned from My Last Trip to Vegas

Places are not as close as they appear

As read on the rear view mirror, objects are closer than they appear. The exact opposite holds true for the buildings on the Las Vegas Strip, the blocks are long and it requires a lot of walking if you want to get around. Don’t expect to get anywhere fast in Las Vegas. There are also a number of pedestrian-friendly footbridges at the main intersections, which makes it take a little longer to cross the street. From my experience, if you’re planning on staying in Las Vegas for more than 2 nights, I recommend renting a car because there is so much to see and do in Las Vegas beyond the Strip, it would be a shame to spend all your time in one spot.

5 Things I learned from My Last Trip to Vegas

Overpaying for show tickets

There is NO reason to pay full price for Las Vegas show tickets. You will almost always be able to find a discount. Look out for websites that offer discounts on all the popular Las Vegas shows, including Cirque du Soleil tickets. Also, it’s quite a good idea to book dinner + show packages, it does help you save money, even though you’re eventually going to burn it out in the casino.

5 Things I learned from My Last Trip to Vegas

“If you know how to live in Vegas you can have the best time.”
– Tony Curtis

There are a lot of things to do in Vegas, but you can’t get distracted by all the shiny lights that surround you. In Las Vegas, no neighborhood is safe from burglary, making travel insurance a must. So, if you do not have time meet an insurance agent, you better make sure to get travel insurance online . Also, even though there maybe times you hate the place for various reasons, it’ll grow on you and you’ll end up loving it.

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Best places to shop in Jaipur

Jaipur is a city that has something for everybody. Whether it be lovely, exorbitant sights for wandering travellers, treks full of adrenaline rush for adventure hungry travellers, or extravagantly dressed and beautiful items to buy for those looking forward to take back a piece of these memories with them.

For these tourists wishing to relish the multifariously colored and decorated shops and markets of Jaipur, we have compiled a list of the best places to shop in Jaipur.

Johari Bazaar

The oldest market in Jaipur, it is a rightful representation of the ancient culture treasure of Rajasthan. Spread over a healthy amount of land and covered with a running, endearing maze of streets full of lovely products. It is a haven for jewelry lovers as it has shops housing a range of multicolored, fashionable and exquisite jewelry. Extravagantly designed Kundan Stone jewelry, fine gold bangles and other artificial and natural stones are easily available here on a grand scale. Ardent jewelry buyers can also easily bargain here for getting  a best price deal, and take home a piece of the extraordinary heritage of Rajasthan. If winter season be approaching, do take home one of the best selling and lovingly designed, Jaipuri Quilts.

Best places to shop in Jaipur

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Tripoliya Bazaar

Laden with the rich cultural charm of Jaipur and the stories of its lionhearted warriors, Tripoliya bazaar is filled with the traditional diversity and exudes cultural pride. Even if you don’t wish to shop, just taking a stroll here will let you know all about the cultural credence of Rajasthan. Its lovely indo-heratic themed carpets and stunning lac jewelry will definitely make you think twice!

Best places to shop in Jaipur

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Gaurav Tower

An interesting mix of dining courts, family entertainment and leisure experiences, GT, as it is locally called, is a hub for local and extravagant shopping experiences. FRom top national or international brands to local heritage, this mall has it all. If you have children along, this is the place to go as it has an extravagant, in top shape game zone having multiple virtual games for the kids.

Best places to shop in Jaipur

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Bapu Bazaar

It is rightfully called the hub of shopping experiences in Jaipur. Filled with lividity and an extravagant range of traditional Rajasthani products, this market has it all when it comes to shopping for utility. Leather and Mojari are the specialities of this Market. The traditional sarees, lehengas and quilts here match with the best of brands and exude a special cultural reverence. A must have shopping experience for tourists and travellers.

Best places to shop in Jaipur

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Nehru Bazar

The perfect traditional market for hand-crafted hosiery and textiles, Nehru Bazaar is one place where you’ll find all kinds of rajasthani hand crafted bags, clothes, purses and other textiles. Also, the traditional “chameli” perfumes and Rajasthani Jooti are a must buy for every tourists. This market, as called by the locals, is the real heart and soul of Jaipur’s cultural trip.

Best places to shop in Jaipur

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With all these attractive markets to shop at, attractive places to visit, vivid things to do, mouthwatering, exotic and Rajasthani dishes to eat; Jaipur is a must visit for every travel hungry backpacker. The enthusiastic locals and rich, exemplary culture footprint of this city is par excellence.

If you’re planning to visit this city of excellent hospitality and extreme rich cultural tones, we are here to help plan this trip for you! Book a cab with us and avail great comfort at the cost of peas, while getting the opportunity to relish the awesomeness of this lovely pink city.

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8 of the best towns to visit on the French Riviera (and the things to do there)

The French Riviera is a blissful place where palm trees sway in the warm breeze and the sea is more blue than you’ve ever seen; where you can still spot the influence of European royalty from long ago; and where A-listers have called “home” for years. Set in the south-east of France, the French Riviera […]

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