Let's admit it. Everybody gets a little bit of road rage when they're behind the wheel of a car. Sometimes the road rage will kick in if you're the passenger. It's just natural. There are those little things other drivers do that really anger you, but you can't do anything about it. So, you just yell and scream at them when they pass.
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If you have yet to turn the glorious age of 21, but still want to venture to Sin City, you are not alone. Every summer my friends and I take a trip to Las Vegas, and we have the time of our lives, the only catch being that we are all underage. One might question the reasoning behind our seemingly useless trip, but to heck with those people. They simply do not understand that Vegas is not just for those who are above the age of 21, anyone can have a little fun in Sin City!
1. Treasure Island Pool (or any pool with no age restrictions)
Each year we stay at Treasure Island, so we may be a bit biased, but it really is a good time. There is a DJ on weekends with great music, and for the past two years, almost the entire pool has engaged in some sort of choreographed dance to the Dougie or Cha Cha Slide.
2. The High Roller Observation Wheel
At 520-feet in diameter, this is the highest observation wheel in the world. At $24.94 for a day pass or $34.95 for a night pass, the cost is relatively reasonable. Plus walking around the Linq promenade where High Roller is located is really neat. There are a ton of places to eat or grab dessert nearby, and there's a Sprinkles Cupcakes shop!
3. Fremont Street
Live bands and DJs are often here, plus it's just a really cool place to walk around. You can also zip line down this street, which I think would be really fun.
4. Bellagio Fountains
My all-time favorite! There is a show every 15 minutes, and they are breathtaking!
Well duh! I don't know if you're aware, but Vegas has buffets galore. Last time I was in Vegas with my family we bought a 24-hour buffet pass which gave us access to any buffet at any Harrah's Casino for 24 hours. I've never been so full in my life, but it was so worth it. The best, in my opinion, is the Rio Buffet, but the Flamingo one has cotton candy, so who is the real winner here? If you're not into buffets (why?) here are some of my favorite places to eat in Vegas:
- Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill (Harrah's): Perfect for the country music loving folks.
- Señor Frogs (Treasure Island): Very interactive, DJ, karaoke, occasional dancing and conga line with free shots
- Serendipity 3 (Caesar's Palace): Get the frozen hot chocolate, you won't regret it.
6. The Roller Coaster at New York-New York
At $14 per ride, this is a great way to check out the New York-New York Hotel & Casino.
7. The Bellagio
Check out the beautiful conservatory and botanical garden at Bellagio, which is also free (yay!) and themed depending on the time of year.
8. The Venetian
Go window shopping and you might catch a random show with actors on stilts. The real attraction, however, is the gondola rides ($18.50 per person).
9. Volcano show outside the Mirage
The volcano erupts at night, once every hour until 11 p.m. Free!
10. Sirens show outside Treasure Island
This is also free but arrive early to get a spot.
The strip itself offers so many places to shop. Almost every casino offers some type of themed shop. Planet Hollywood and Treasure Island have their own malls and The Forum Shops at Caesars offer luxury brands (a girl can dream right?). All along the strip, there are souvenir shops, but I really love M&M;'s World and Sweet Factory.
12. Circus Circus Adventuredome Theme Park
You can go on the rides, play laser tag or hang out at the arcade.
13. The Rides at Stratosphere
If you're not afraid of heights you can take an elevator up 101 stories to the top of the Stratosphere and partake in several death-defying rides at the top or even bungee jump off the side (good luck with that).
14. See a Show
From Cirque du Soleil to the Blue Man Group or even Britney — if you're willing to spend the money there is a show for you.
Take a ride to the top for only $14 during the day or $19 at night.
16. The Las Vegas Sign
Take a picture in front of the iconic sign, because did you really go to Vegas if you didn't post about it on Instagram?
17. Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
At none other than the Flamingo Hotel & Casino. If you walk to the back and go outside, they have flamingos everywhere. The pool here is also really fun and has great slides.
18. Take a Picture with an Elvis Impersonator
You might have to tip them, but come on! It's Elvis in Vegas!
19. Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat
Go visit the beautiful bottlenose dolphins, white tigers, white lions and leopards for $20 admission.
20. Walk the strip
Especially at night, the Strip is all lit up and filled with people. I like to go see all the casinos and take pictures.
Have fun, kiddos! Viva Las Vegas!
Most of us, at some point in our lives, have become trapped by our culture of consumption. It's a disgusting display of wealth and social status that social divides us. This social divide does a great job at inhibiting our potential at building objective, meaningful relationships. Material possessions become our identity and we begin to lose a true sense of who we really are. It's entirely possible for us to exist as content, beautiful human beings without participating in the culture of consumption we have been duped into believing in.
The problem with our culture of consumption is that it has become a key aspect of every activity. We give too much value to "things," focusing less on their contribution to our overall wellbeing, passions, or happiness. We may experience temporary contentment or pleasure, but it seldom lasts forever. Minimalism eliminates the "things" from our routine, allowing us to find contentment from the simple things in life.
Minimalism is not an expensive hobby one takes up on the quest for self-discovering and happiness. There is this huge misconception that being a minimalist requires a fat wallet and that your life is now restricted by rules and limitations. This simply is not true. This misconception comes from the elitist culture which has emerged through social media outlets. This distorted perception has blurred the individualistic nature of minimalism. A lifestyle often associated as a fad is actually a lifestyle that de-clutters your physical and mental state.
Minimalists are people who…
- Make intentional decisions; that add value to their lives.
- Focus on personal growth and the quality of their relationships.
- Live in the moment.
- Discover personal potential by eliminating obstacles standing in our way.
- Consume less and intentionally.
- Gift experiences rather than material possessions.
There isn't anything necessarily wrong with owning material possessions. If you find importance in an object that genuinely makes you happy then, great! Minimalism doesn't have to look like white walls behind aesthetically placed black furniture. This concept focuses on the internal value system we all forget we control. Start small; declutter your thoughts. We easily get stuck in our routines that we forget to look slow down and just breathe. Living in the moment is by far the most valuable aspect of minimalism because it allows us to feel and experience every minute of our existence.
If you're someone who enjoys nature, there's more value to be found in the adventures we seek out and create than those created for us. Discover birds you've never seen before, wander down trials in your neighborhood, or uncover beaches no one else knows about. You'll find more value in the creation of your own adventure because those experiences are completely your own.