13 Things To Expect When You Go To Vegas For Your 21st Birthday

13 Things To Expect When You Go To Vegas For Your 21st Birthday

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
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Vegas is a very exciting place, especially when you finally turn the big 21 and you are able to actually enjoy everything Vegas has to offer. I have been to Vegas multiple times before, but all of my experiences have been from under a 21-year-old perspective. The pools, the clubs, the bars, the casinos, the shopping and everything in between is all anyone could have ever imagined and more. Two weeks ago, I got to go to Vegas for the first time as a legal adult, so here are some things to expect during your trip to Sin City.

1. You can walk around the streets with open bottles of alcohol.

Yep, you read that right. Vegas is one of the few places where you won't get in trouble for carrying around mixed drinks or open beers while walking around outside.

2. Expect to lose your money, and expect to lose it fast.

Be prepared to spend an upwards of $500 or more. And this isn't including money for gambling.

3. Expect to inhale an unhealthy amount of smoke in the casinos.

All casinos are smoking-friendly, so be prepared to be surrounded by cigars, e-cigs and cigarettes 24/7.

4. Expect to take off your shoes at some point during the night.

Although a lot of the hotels and clubs on the strip are within walking distance of one another, don't wear heels if you cannot walk miles in them. Simple as that.

5. Expect to walk barefoot through the casino at 4 a.m.

By this time of the night, your feet will be wrecked and it's perfectly acceptable to take your shoes off.

6. Expect to see at least five girls in wedding dresses.

Vegas is the place where people decide to get married after a few too many drinks or they actually planned a vegas-themed wedding, and in this case, you will see some of the most outrageous wedding outfits ever. (Two weeks ago, I saw a bride and a groom in matching green attire that had poker chips and playing cards all over them.)

7. Expect to be handed business cards promoting naked girls or strip clubs.

Most of the time, people just ignore these workers, but be prepared to be asked if you want to see naked girls at least five or six times as you are walking up and down the strip.

8. Expect to see at least 10 or more bridal or bachelorette parties wearing matching shirts.

Vegas is THE place where people go to party and let loose before tying the knot, and you are bound to see groups of girls or guys clad in matching attire representing the bride and groom.

9. Expect to see buckets of beer and other alcohol floating in the pool at any hotel.

This is one of my favorite things about Vegas. Not only can you get buckets of beer delivered to you in the pool (yes, in the pool), but you can also get little pool floaties for your mixed drinks.

10. Expect to wait in long lines for the clubs.

Make sure to get in line early or get your name and your party on the guest list, otherwise, you will be waiting for 30+ minutes just to get into the club. (This may not seem like a lot of time, but when you're in 6-inch heels, 30 minutes will feel like a lifetime.)

11. Expect to be pushed around by drunk people at any club you go to.

Clubs are just like going to frat parties, except with people who are 21+ and are way drunker than you could ever imagine. You can barely weave your way in between people, and if you do see an opening to move your way through the crowd, be prepared to get shoved or pushed around by people.

12. Expect to pay a hefty amount of money for a cover charge at any club.

Most weekends, there will usually be some well-known DJ playing, so that means that the club price will be even more expensive. Expect to pay $60+ per person and that's not even including drinks. Which brings me to my next point...

13. Don't buy drinks at the club.

You're going to end up spending at least $15+ for one drink. It's best just to buy your own alcohol and get to the club already ready to party.

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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8 Things To Do With Your Girl Friends When You DON'T Want To Drink On A Friday Night

Friday nights don't have to be all about drinking or just staying in your room.

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While college may seem like the wildest time of everyone's life, not everyone drinks and not everyone wants to go out every weekend. With this in mind, there are so many other things to do with friends, even by yourself, that doesn't involve you sitting in your room at night.

1. Have a sleepover

Text your best friends, get plenty of snacks, and don't forget your robe or fuzzy socks! Order pizza and binge-watch your favorite TV show. Who doesn't love a good girl's night in?

2. Go to the movies

TBH, I'm the one percent of the population who still hasn't seen Endgame.

3. Go bowling/ice skating/escape room/something kinda active

With a group of friends, it can be a pretty cheap and fun Friday night.

4. Board game night

Board game marathons are the best. I'm pretty sure my friends only have Cards Against Humanity, but board games are definitely worth the investment.

5. Try that one place you've always wanted to go!

I cannot tell you the number of times I've said 'I want to go there' and still haven't been to said place. When you don't want to go out on a Friday night, hit up that one spot you've been DYING to go.

6. Have a dessert party with friends

Have your friends bring a dessert, or go out to a restaurant and split them! It's a great way to chat, catch up, and enjoy some sugar!

7. Make a fort

I haven't made a fort as a kid, but you can bet I'm gonna drag my roommates out of their rooms and do this next time I'm bored.

8. Cook or bake something new

Try out that new recipe (or a few) that you've just pinned on Pinterest.

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