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Re-Evaluating Travel Assumptions

I’ve spent quite a bit of time on this blog lately talking about Las Vegas, from how I don’t like the city to preparing for my upcoming trip there, and frankly when I found out I’d be going to Vegas this year it was so long ago it felt like the trip itself would never come. And yet – here it is. I leave for Sin City next week.

Between the fact that I’m not a huge fan of Vegas and the fact that I’m going for a conference and all my time (save for when I’m sleeping) will be eaten up by conference-related stuff, I hadn’t even bothered to do any research on Vegas like I might for any other trip. But a friend suggested that I look into a visit to the Neon Museum (which I’ve got on my schedule and am really looking forward to).

Then, of course, that same friend sent me a note full of other fun things to do in Vegas that aren’t typical Vegas-y activities. I loved reading the list, but unfortunately won’t have time for anything other than the Neon Museum. Reading that list made me think about something else, however.

I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t really thought of Vegas as a place I’d treat like a potentially fun travel destination until I looked at my friend’s list. Yes, she’d told me about the Neon Museum, but until I saw all the other cool things she mentioned that worth checking out in the city, I’d evidently been willing to accept the popularly-held notions about Las Vegas rather than investigate the possibilities.

Of course, I hadn’t picked up a Las Vegas travel guide (still haven’t), but I’d hope that if I did it wouldn’t just be a list of all the casinos and all-you-can-eat buffets. I’d hope it would have off-the-beat attractions and whatnot included as well. Because what this Vegas experience has taught me (and I haven’t even gone on the trip yet) is that I need to re-evaluate my assumptions about any place I’m going, whether I think I know it well or not – heck, whether I’ve been there already or not. I don’t think it’s necessarily true that any place can be a good travel destination, but there are likely more places that I’d enjoy than I might think at first glance.

Oh, and as a footnote, if you’re planning to go to Vegas for the BlogWorld Expo (the conference I’m going to) and you don’t already have your room booked, I’ve seen a few people on Twitter note that there are still cheap Vegas hotel rooms for the conference weekend. So it’s not too late to get a good deal on a room.