Each year, around 40 million people visit Las Vegas, Nevada. Travelers of every age and walk of life can experience something incredible, with thousands of famous attractions both historic and cutting-edge.
While Las Vegas has earned its reputation as one of the most popular travel destinations for excellent reasons, like any place, things can go wrong.
Before a trip to Vegas, it’s essential to be aware of potential mishaps so you can be vigilant and plan accordingly.
Here, we’ve outlined some of the most common things that can go wrong in Las Vegas: so let’s get started.
Vegas offers endless opportunities for entertainment and indulgences of every variety, but not everything is as it seems.
Unfortunately, clever criminals prey on unsuspecting tourists who may not realize that a deal, offer, or opportunity is a scam.
Avoid losing money or giving up personal information to illegitimate vendors by booking your reservations with each business directly, through a licensed travel agent, or the concierge at your hotel.
- Activity-Related Incidents
Though it’s best known for luxurious casinos and legendary shows, some of the most incredible experiences in Vegas include interactive activities.
Whether you plan to take a Segway tour, embark on a day trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, or ride a zipline over the halls of a casino, there’s no shortage of options for fun.
But some of the most popular attractions involve some level of risk.
To stay safe, be sure you make reservations with reputable businesses and check to make sure each activity is appropriate for the physical abilities of everyone in your group. Follow all the business’s safety guidelines, like wearing helmets and seatbelts or staying with the tour guide.
- Trips, Falls, and Personal Injuries
There certainly is a lot to look at in Las Vegas. With all its flashing lights and action happening all around, it’s easy to become completely immersed in the place.
Enjoy the sights, but be aware of your surroundings. It’s common for people to trip, fall, or become injured while distracted by all the excitement.
If you experience an injury due to the neglect of a business or one of their employees, seek medical attention and then contact the manager. Whether or not they deal with the situation with courtesy, you’ll want to consult a personal injury lawyer as well.
- Vehicle Accidents
You can be distracted while you explore the famous strip or the inside of a casino, and driving the streets of Las Vegas is no exception.
Staying sober and alert is crucial to ensure the safety of you and everyone riding in the vehicle. Keep your eyes on the road, no matter how tempting it may be to catch a glimpse of the sights.
Because alcohol is a significant part of the nightlife scene, be aware of any drivers who may be intoxicated and always opt for a rideshare service or taxi if you plan to drink.
People usually plan to spend some money when they visit Las Vegas, in addition to wearing their finest clothes and accessories. As a result, tourists are encouraged to be aware that theft can (and does) happen.
Fortunately, there are several fantastic ways to help protect yourself and your belongings:
- Never leave your belongings in a car, even if it’s locked or parked in a garage
- Use the in-room safe to store valuables when you’re away from the hotel
- Only carry the cash, credit cards, and form of identification you’ll need and secure the rest in your hotel room
- Keep your wallet and phone in a front pocket or carry your bag in front of you
- Disruptive People or Groups
You can expect to encounter plenty of people who have come to Las Vegas for a good time, ready to let loose.
Most of the time, rowdy people and groups know which type of venue is appropriate for loud volume and carefree behavior. Maybe you’ll even be one of them at some point during your visit!
Sometimes, however, a disruptive person or group may not be in the right place and could negatively impact your experience (such as during a live performance or at a quiet fine dining restaurant).
Never attempt to deal with a disruptive patron yourself: notify management, and they will be happy to deal with the situation.
Now that you’re aware of a few things that might go wrong during a trip to Vegas, you can go confidently and feel prepared.
Enjoy your trip, and feel free to pass on these tips to your travel companions!