When you first land in Las Vegas, it is hard not to be overstimulated by all of the lights, sounds, attractions, and people as far as the eye can see. If you are into sightseeing and people watching, the opportunities for entertainment are endless, and mostly free.  However, pitfalls can come with all of this.  There are many things that you need to be mindful of when traveling around Las Vegas. 

  • Gambling too much – This is easy for some and hard for others.  It is important to gamble only what you can afford to lose.  Otherwise, you may be one of the tragic cases in Vegas of chasing your loses.
  • Street Solicitors – These people are around every corner, especially on the strip.  If you do not want to waste anyone’s time on a pitch for a time share or the best hand cream, politely just keep walking.  Most of these street solicitors do not take no for an answer until you walk away. 
  • Accepting free tickets – There are plenty of free things in Las Vegas with no strings attached, but most people are not shoving the free stuff down your throat.  If someone is insisting that you take free show tickets, just remember… If it is too good to be true, it probably is.  There are often scams to get your information or will require you to sit through a 3 hour presentation with very aggressive sales people.
  • Drinking too much – With complimentary drinks while you are gambling, sometimes you can drink more than you can handle.  It is important to try to pace yourself.  This will also keep you from over gambling, or getting out of hand and kicked out of a casino.
  • Engaging in Illegal Activities – Las Vegas is a pretty liberal city and has earned the nick name “Sin City”.  There are plenty of things to do in Vegas you might not be able to do at home.  Marijuana is now legal to purchase in Las Vegas but be careful… you are still not allowed to consume it in any public space.  Another misconception about Vegas is that prostitution is legal.  While it is legal in the state of Nevada, it is strictly prohibited in Clark County.  Law enforcement run various operations to try to crack down on the solicitation of prostitution.  Just don’t do it.  If you feel like this is something you want to explore, it is important to travel outside of Clark County.
  • Leaving items unattended – Your items can be stolen in the blink of an eye.  It only takes a few seconds with your head turned for your items or money in a machine to disappear. Thieves watch closely for tourists who are not paying attention and will target and follow them until they are able to steal something from you.  Pay attention, be aware, and keep your items close.  A popular recommendation for women is to always wear your purse across your body and not just on one shoulder.
  • Wandering into unfamiliar neighborhoods – If you are not used to the desert, some things can look much closer than they are.  While the police in Vegas patrol the strip heavily, it is easy to wander away from the strip trying to get to something you can see.  However, getting there may take you through areas that are not safe and not heavily policed.  No one knows this better than the criminals who are looking to take advantage of unsuspecting and innocent tourists.  

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