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Trying Not To Over Plan

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Trying Not To Over Plan

Well the wife and I are just over 3 weeks away from our long awaited 3 night/4 day trip down to Vegas for her birthday and our 5th Wedding anniversary.

I’m a very organized person and have a bad habit of over planning every trip we go on and it’s killing me to try and leave this one as a “what ever happens happens” kind of trip.

There are a few spots I want to eat at for sure:

Lunch – Stripburger (Restaurant.com), Earl of Sandwich and Pink’s (Groupon).

Dinner – Mon Ami Gabi and Mix (Restaurant.com).

As far as entertainment I really want to go see Ray Romano and Kevin James one night and thanks to everyone on TA I talked the wife out of Chris Angel so our nights are really wide open.

That leaves lots of time for “what ever happens happens” right?

If you can think of anything else that is a "must do" then let me know and I'll try to sneak it in. ;)

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1. Re: Trying Not To Over Plan

Just to be clear here... but you are putting together a plan how to not overplan????

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2. Re: Trying Not To Over Plan

Keep in mind that "not overplanning" is not the same thing as "unorganized"

As long as you have a sense of _what_there is to do, you can leave the actual decision of which thing to do at a particular time up to the minute. That's an example of being organized but not overly, rigidly planned.

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3. Re: Trying Not To Over Plan

Just remember what General Dwight Eisenhower said...

"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

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4. Re: Trying Not To Over Plan

I know what you mean. The problem with trying to do too much scheduling in Vegas is that you don't know how long you're going to want to stay in each casino - like I know my DH would not be very happy if I tried to pull him off of a winning craps table because I think we should squeeze in seeing another hotel before dinner. Likewise, I might THINK I want to spend a lot of time at one place but then lose right away or not like the vibe, etc.

For our 3 day trip, we'll have reservations only for dinner one night and maybe for the Mob Museum if necessary, and the rest is a list of things I'd like to do and see as we meander by, but all can be done without a schedule.

Have fun!

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5. Re: Trying Not To Over Plan

We plan several things...but it is Vegas...

Sometimes the slots get hot or we get a bit tipsy and end up just hanging out...

Remember there are many good choices for food....many off strip. You can also try Yelp and they have options as well. You might also want to try becoming a member of Open Table..

You can also get inexpensive meals and attractions trhu Tix 4 Tonite...

Have fun...enjoy...limit your pace it is after all a vacay...

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6. Re: Trying Not To Over Plan

The key is really how you like to travel and what amount of planning will make you comfortable. I actually do PowerPoint presentations for each of our trips, which includes maps, flight info, hotel info (we tend to change hotels 3 or 4 times each trip), menus from restaurants, coupon info, and a (general) plan for each day. On our last trip, we ended up getting REALLY off the plan, and it didn't work for us at all. I am one of those people who doesn't like surprises (even the good ones) and I need to know what is going on each day in order to function. Now, our planning doesn't account for every hour of the day, but it does cover meals and any big/pre-planned activities/shows. That is what makes us comfortable, and every time we go to Vegas (at least once a year for 7-10 days) we tweak our planning process for the next trip.

That is how *I* do it, and that might not work for you. Whatever level of planning you are comfortable with in your day to day living should be enough planning for Vegas. If you are a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of person, then you probably won't do NEARLY as much planning as I do, but if you are super structured, then maybe you will.

At a minimum, know what your options are and what is really important to you - then the rest will fill itself in. :)

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7. Re: Trying Not To Over Plan

Have a list of things you would like to do. Rank them in a general order of importance. Pick one (or possibly two) things from the top of the list to try to get at each day. If you get to stuff lower on the list "on the fly", then bonus. It took me 4-5 Vegas trips before I hit some of the "must do's" that some people list. I did not even see the Bellagio fountains until my 2nd Vegas trip.

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8. Re: Trying Not To Over Plan

Remember you hoping to get her to give in on Believe; glad you won that one.

IMO- a spa for her, A Cirque show; I'll suggest Mystere since it is the classic Cirque show. You must see the Bellagio Fountains and the Volcano at night.

Shows are generally 7 & 9:30, so if you're going plan dinner around that. I'd take your list and 'fill in' the days/nights evenly- so you've got an activity 'planned' and hrs still open

It can't be planned for- but again, Vegas is huge, so you will be walking. make sure if she wears heels, bring flats to change into before after activity. I promise you won't be able to count the # of 20somethings walking barefoot down the strip, 4" heels in hand, after midnight.. Comfy shoes a must!!

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9. Re: Trying Not To Over Plan

Plan all you want. Determine your must-do's. Then be flexible in hitting them.

I'm still working on some things I had planned two years ago. When I finally got to a few of them, they ended up being not worth the effort. In the meantime, I found some places not on the itinerary that are now must-do's every time and I would have missed them had I stuck to my list.

Move as Vegas moves you, but if you're not moving to begin with, Vegas won't piggyback you...

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10. Re: Trying Not To Over Plan

Back when I was a tourist, I did virtually no planning. My first trip here with my wife (at that time, she was a new girlfriend), she decided at 2 p.m. to fly to Vegas that afternoon. No plane or hotel reservations. We just drove to LAX and called Southwest as we drove -- expensive last minute tickets! I am not sure how we ended up at Excalibur, but we did. After playing there for about 10 hours, we asked the pit boss for a room for the night. The next day, we ate breakfast at the Excalibur buffet, Then, we hit MGM and played there until it was time to go; MGM sent us to the airport by limo.

We had no plans at all. We didn't see any of the "must-do's" or eat at any of the top restaurants. But we had a great overnight escape.

Most of our trips to Vegas have been like that. Most of the time, my wife decided on Friday night that we were driving to Vegas that night, and she would call our host to make hotel reservations while we were driving.

Maybe we'd have a couple of things written in (a wedding, a family obligation, a concert or fight), but most of the time, we played it by ear. If we wanted to see Phantom, we'd call our host and ask for tickets for that night. If we wanted to go to a restaurant, our host could usually get us last minute reservations, whether or not he was going to comp the meal. Vegas to us was always a "play it by ear" trip.

Now that I live here, it is still that when it comes to play. I mark a lot of events in my calendar, and then we select from them at the last minute. Do we want to go to a horse show at South Point, a concert at Red Rock or a "meet the candidates" event at Trump Tower? There are some exceptions -- for example, there is a concert this Friday that I decided to see as soon as it was scheduled. But most of the time, it's all "play it by ear."

I would suggest you put down no more than 2 or 3 things for each day, and fill in the rest of the schedule as the whim takes you.

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