Ugh. I just had one of my worst travel days in a long time.
I seriously think the stars were aligned in the worst possible way today, ensuring that every little thing that could possibly go wrong…did. Coupled with the fact that I made lot of dumb or distracted moves, the end result was a very bad day, filled with unpleasant surprises at every turn.
Hopefully my loss will be someone’s gain – I’m crossing my fingers that this post will save one of you from making the same mistakes that I did!
My bad luck started this morning, when I called an Uber car. The driver claimed to have a “secret route” to the airport, and in a burst of trust and naiveté, I agreed to it. You can guess what happened.
Do not let the Uber driver drive a secret route.
This cost me both time and money. Dumb move.
Once I landed in Vegas, I breezed along in the airport until…I was outside. Only I meant to stop by the Centurion Lounge for a drink and a snack. And once I was past security, I couldn’t go back.
Don’t be an overconfident airport dud. Yep, that’s me.
Things continued along this route when I pulled up Uber on my phone. Guess what? Uber doesn’t work in Vegas. Nor does Lyft or Curb or anything.
Do your transportation research in advance. DUH.
So I took a shuttle.
Do NOT – I repeat, DO NOT – take a shuttle from the airport to your hotel in Vegas. Unless you have an hour and a half to kill.
So this could have been fine, if I hadn’t scheduled an appointment for a pedicure a couple of hours after my arrival time….and if I wasn’t super hungry because I skipped lunch at the lounge. But the way things played out…it was a mistake. Especially since the nail salon was a fifty dollar cab ride from my hotel.
Yeah, that’s right. FIFTY DOLLARS. Because I didn’t really think about distances when I was making the appointment. I was just looking at Yelp ratings. Why? Who the hell knows.
Luckily I got out of the cab after only seven dollars. The cab driver was totally mean about it. It was not fun at all.
Don’t pretend like you have a rental car when you don’t. Yes, whatever. I know.
So I grabbed some lunch at Lobster ME, which was actually really delicious and one of the bright spots of my day.
Then I decided to head over to the Cosmopolitan.
Because I was still slightly traumatized from my cab experience, I decided to take the Deuce bus. This was great, actually…but remember this detail for later.
In the meantime, know that I forgot my ATM card when I left my hotel. I actually called Barclaycard to ask what the cash advance rate was. You should take a wild guess, because it’s pretty astounding. Ready? It’s TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT. Yep. So I wasn’t about to do that.
Whatever. Bring your stupid ATM card with you if you’re in Vegas.
So…I couldn’t really do anything but drink.
Things got tons better once I met up with a few friends. We went to the grand opening party at the Delano, which was very fun.
But then, because I am a dumbass, I decided to take the Deuce bus back to my hotel. Actually, that would have been fine, if I had been paying attention, but I wasn’t. So I got on the bus…and ended up at the Orleans Casino.
So I took a cab back to my hotel…only the driver took the LONG way back because he was “beating traffic.”
Which brings us full circle to mistake #1.
How was your day?