When you grow up in the city that never sleeps, moving away can be a culture shock! Las Vegas truly has an environment unlike any other. Here are ten things that happen when you move away from Sin City!
1. You get asked a LOT of questions.
"So you don't actually live in a hotel?" "How close are you to Las Vegas Boulevard?" "You mean there's an actual city around The Strip?"
2. You get really confused when your favorite restaurant is closed at 8:00 at night.
It's called the city that never sleeps for a reason! From 24-hour restaurants, to 24-hour movie theaters, to 24-hour nail salons, you truly never have to check the time before heading out in Las Vegas. Moving away from this is confusing, especially when everything is closed and you aren't even ready for dinner yet!
3. You don't understand that your favorite band isn't playing in the town you live in.
With the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the Mandalay Bay Beach, and the T-Mobile Arena in our back pocket, Las Vegas locals never have to worry about if their favorite act is playing, but when. Moving to smaller towns means this concerts could go from a ten minute drive to a day trip.
4. Attending events in places other than casinos and hotels is very exciting to you.
Proms, birthday parties, weddings, and even movie trips meant you'd hear the ringing of slot machines. After leaving Las Vegas, events at country clubs and event centers was just... different.
5. People don't believe you when you talk about the crowd you hung out with.
Going to the grocery store, to TJMAXX, or even hiking could mean casually running into multiple celebrities who were out running errands.
6. People try to tell you they are also from Las Vegas, but they are actually from Henderson.
Sorry, but no.
7. You suddenly have a lot of people who want to come with you when you visit your parents.
Yes, you can come, but unless you're 21 don't expect to do anything fun on the strip after 5 PM.
8. When traveling back to Las Vegas, your plane is a... unique crowd.
Usually full of people busting out their best party outfits, I've seen a lot of cheetah print fedoras and not one of my flights has landed without a big cheer from the passenger cabin.
9. People are surprised at how well you navigate crowds and avoid street vendors.
Yeah, the people trying to give out flyers on my college campus have nothing on my childhood of avoiding being handed escort cards on the strip.
10. You learn to appreciate growing up in Las Vegas.
We all hated it when we lived there, but the stories and sunshine are things I find myself missing while I am away.