My husband and I recently traveled to Las Vegas for one of our dear friends’ wedding. We were excited for many reasons: witnessing the union of two of our close friends (Yeah!), spending a weekend together for the first time sans kids in three years, and traveling to Vegas together. (We have both been long before our courtship, but never traveled to Vegas together.)
At the ripe age of 21 I met Las Vegas for the first time. From the moment I laid eyes on her, I was entranced by the great city lights, lifestyle and people-watching. I’d never seen such a place. I went back two more times (maybe three) and it never disappointed.
I’d show you photos, but I don’t know where they are. Most likely tucked away in a scrapbook or destroyed. Remember, what happens in Vegas… And, mind you this was long before the age of the selfie.
This trip to Vegas may have been brief, but it was not short of observations. Vegas in my eyes has changed quite a bit since my 20s. How so?
Vegas in your 20s vs. Vegas in your 30s
20s: Let’s spend hours at the slot machine.
30s: Okay, I am bored and broke. What’s next? Let’s play Roulette and play it all on red.
20s: What Smoke?
30s: I can’t breathe!
20s: It’s 10 pm, time to get this party started!
30s: It’s 10 pm, how much longer until bedtime?
20s: I want a big wedding in front of all my family and friends, why do people get married here?
30s: Getting married in Vegas doesn’t seem so bad after all. Less headache with planning, more room for fun!
20s: I don’t care where we crash.
30s: Yikes, these sheets are gross.
20s: I’ve got plenty of cash to spend. If all else fails I’ve got my college credit card to bust out.
30s: Why are water bottles so expensive? I got bills to pay.
20s: There are so many beautiful people here.
30s: There are so many strollers, kids and pregnant women on the strip and in the casinos. Why is there a 13 year old booty dancing in the middle of the pool? I feel weird.
20s: The people watching doesn’t disappoint.
30s: People watching is pretty awesome here.
20s: Takes all the free club admission passes.
30s: Laughs at the guy that tries to give you a free club pass. Like I am really going to make it that late!
20s: High Heels, cute black dress
30s: Flip flops, shorts, and cross body purse
20s: Vegas is amazing. One-of-a-Kind. Ready to go back ASAP.
30s: Vegas is amazing; however, I think I can wait a few years before returning.
20s: What’s coffee?
30s: There is a Starbucks every where I turn. Thank goodness because I need a pick me up. Wait, it’s double the price here??
20s: Beautiful City at Night. Really no clue what is looks like during the day
30s: Beautiful City Day and Night.
20s: I could stand here and watch the Bellagio water shows all night long.
30s: I could sit here and watch the Bellagio water show all night if Spongebob Squarepants, The Avengers, and Mickey Mouse would move out of the way. Am I standing on Hollywood Blvd? So many kid attractions.
20s: Goes home, rests and ready to get back at it a day later.
30s: Goes home, rests, rests some more, feels tired all week and then finally feels normal again.
Perhaps, Vegas never really changed but the perception in my mind did. The good news is that Las Vegas is so diverse that it doesn’t have a shortage of fun for any ages.
How do you feel Las Vegas has changed over the course of your life? If you haven’t visited Vegas, do you plan to go in the future?