International Wedding Photographer: How to celebrate your 30th Birthday in Style

I admit I am guilty of procrastination sometimes, but that is not the case for this Travel Thursday post. The reason for the delay for this post was a case of denial. However, I am happy to say I have fully recovered from the denial of turning 30.

This past April, my husband took me to Las Vegas for my 30th birthday. It was an incredible trip to a city that I am in love with. We travelled to Las Vegas from Toronto with Westjet Vacations and stayed for 4 nights at the MGM Grand.

There isn’t anything negative I could say about Sin City. The hotel was great, the shopping was amazing and food for every appetite. It was our first trip there which was a little overwhelming but only in a good way. There was so much to see and do and we had no where near enough time to see half of what we wanted to see which just means we will have to go back in 2014. And the weather was beautiful at that time of year. The sun was very strong but it was easy enough to get some relief by just ducking into one of the hotels for a refreshment and a little bit of play time or shopping. Did I tell you the shopping is amazing.

We flew into Vegas the evening of April 20 and arrived at around 10:30 pm. Westjet is the only Canadian tour operator to offer roundtrip airport/hotel transfers with the Vegas packages. There were pros and cons to taking the transfer. The con was the amount of time we waited for the transfer bus after landing at McCarren. We could have saved a little bit of time or at least started making our way to our hotel by taxi by the time we caught the transfer. On the flip side, the pro is by taking the transfer you avoid the running tab of a taxi in the bumper to bumper traffic of the Strip that occurs at any given time during every day. We could have gotten away with a relatively affordable taxi fare due to the location of our hotel being right up near the airport. If we were further down the strip in old Vegas near the Stratosphere, I imagine the ride time and fare would be a lot larger especially on a Saturday night.

The hotel was great!! Lots of restaurants and very busy which made for a fun atmosphere. There was a little bit of a hiccup with our room upon arrival. We had booked a Grand King Suite and were told that we had the Grand Queen Suite due to the hotel being overbooked. We were told that we could check with the check-in desk the next afternoon to see if a king room had become available. Apparently this is a common occurrence at the MGM Grand. I was a little disappointed but we decided against checking back because of the amount of time we were actually spending there. The extra bed came in handy for all of my clothes. As much as I enjoyed the hotel, I found the location to be a little inconvenient. It is way down on the Strip and one thing I didn’t realize was the amount of walking there is in Vegas. While the hotels are right next door to one another on the Strip, these hotels are MASSIVE and take up blocks. That is the only reason why I wouldn’t stay at the hotel again. When we go back, we will book something that is more centre strip.

As for activities, we saw Love by Cirque du Soleil at the Mirage. That was a great show. The music and performers were incredible. Besides that we walked a lot, shopped a fair bit, gambled and drank a little. It was mostly just checking out the hotels and people watching. The only regret I have is not spending any time at the MGM pool. We saw it and it looked great but we didn’t spend any time lounging. I also think for next time I will try to go out to some of the nicer restaurants just to give them a try.

It was a great trip. if you haven’t been to Vegas, I strongly recommend that you take a trip down to Sin City.

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