10 Perks Of Winters In Vegas

10 Perks Of Winters In Vegas

Many don't realize that living with snow is harder than it looks.

If you live in Las Vegas, you probably feel cheated during these chilly winter months because you don't get the full winter experience. You don't get to experience the "winter wonderland" that our fellow east-coast dwellers get the privilege of having. However, if you're like me and have experienced the ice hell that the east coast turns into, you begin to appreciate the less severe weather that the west coast has to offer. We definitely have the better end of the stick here, and here's why:


1. We can see the snow without having to struggle through it every day for months on end.

Big Bear, Brian Head, and Mt. Charleston are close, and allow you to get a dose of the winter experience.

2. We aren't stuck with the daily task of scraping ice off of our windshields and driveways.

Oh, and the five feet of snow.

3. We don't have to heat up our cars 10 minutes prior to driving them.


4. We can wear winter clothes, but we don't have to dress in 20 different layers with 10 lb snowboots...

... therefore ending up looking like a walking marshmallow.

5. There aren't sneaky patches of ice waiting for us to bruise our tailbones every 10 steps.


6. Don't forget that we don't have to drive through blizzards...

If there's one thing we should be grateful for, it's that!


7. We don't have to worry about getting snow chains on our tires.


8. We don't have to worry about the brutal, biting, -5 degree weather that the east coast has to offer.


9. We don't have to deal with the unsightly, brown, mushy snow that people tend to forget the white stuff turns into.


10. We don't get snow days!!

..... just kidding. That's not a positive. But I'll take the lack of snow days over shoveling my driveway any day!


So if you ever feel like you're missing out because you don't live in a place that has a true winter, just remember that it's not a life as dazzling and picturesque as some people make it out to be.

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My trip to India taught me how to truly experience a foreign country.

Traveling has always been my favorite thing to do with my family. I am lucky enough to have parents who love to take trips all over the world, exploring new places and cultures as often as we can. Traveling with them over the years has made me question what it really means to visit a foreign country. What do we mean when we say we have visited a country? How much of it are we really seeing?

This morning, I landed home after spending two and a half weeks in India with my family. Before I left for the trip, a few people asked me if I was ready for what I was about to experience, and if I was afraid of the culture shock. I even had a friend ask me why I would ever want to visit somewhere as intense as India and tell me that he would never want to go there.

As someone who loves to travel, I couldn’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want to explore somewhere so fascinating and different than their home country. At the same time, I couldn’t help but feel nervous to witness a world so different from my own.

I have to say that my trip to India was definitely intense and a lot to experience. Among the stunning temples and palaces I got to visit, I was also met with images that shocked me, ones that made me want to avert my eyes, and ones that reminded me of how far I was from a culture I knew and understood.

While I could see why some people couldn’t see the appeal of experiencing a world so different, to me, it was the whole point of going to India in the first place.

Even after returning from such a powerful trip, I am still asking myself how much of it I really got to experience. I spent a big portion of my time in India sitting inside cars or rickshaws, watching the world outside like I was watching a movie. Through my window, I saw women fetching water draped in colorful saris, a Hindu monk smoking a cigarette, a group of men in turbans sitting around a fire on the side of the highway, and the most extravagant wedding procession pouring through the streets.

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When I think of my time in India, I think of getting lost in the middle of a bustling crowd, feeling totally overwhelmed by my surroundings, receiving stares from locals and wondering if I was intruding when entering temples, markets or monuments. I think of the moments when I got a glimpse into a world that tourists do not often get to see.

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