Although travel can be stressful for people, we actually love it. Every year we’ve visited Hawaii, we always stop first in Las Vegas for a couple days, then travel on to Hawaii. It makes a nine to ten hour flight into two smaller flights which is so much better. I’ve made the direct flight before, but with kids, we seem to better splitting it up. Plus, we LOVE going to Las Vegas any chance we get.
Our routine this year was about the same, except we had a lot of boxes that we shipped with us. This ended-up being kind of pointless, as we later found that we didn’t need all the extra clothes, jackets, etc. We could have made the entire trip with our regular luggage just fine.
We landed in Vegas and picked-up a taxi to the Venetian. I had several free nights here and then a couple free nights at Paris. Well, I’m not going to get to deep into the Vegas part, (check out Las Vegas Trip Report for that,) but it was an awesome trip. We were there for about six or seven days, and we landed on Christmas Eve. We took the girls up to the Stratosphere observation deck and they got to see Santa from at the top of the Stratosphere.
Here’s a picture of the girls and me at the Forum Shoppes. We always walk over and shop, and I have to stop at Fat Tuesday’s for a High Octane with an extra shot (puts me under!) It had only been a few months since we’d been here last, and we brought a good friend last time. So this trip was a bonus. Our only really stressful part of the Vegas trip was when we started calling out to Maui to find a hotel for the next part of the journey, only to find that everything was booked. We must have tried 50 hotels, and we were starting to get worried, as we had a flight scheduled for (I think) December 29 or 30. Well, we finally got a reservation at the Maui Ocean Club on Kaanapali, and it cost us pretty dearly for not booking in advance.
After our stay at the Venetian, and after balling for a good hour or two, we left for the second part of our Vegas trip to Paris. I’d never stayed at Paris, and all in all it wasn’t too bad, but if you’ve ever stayed at The Venetian, there’s really no other place that compares. I’ve stayed at the Bellagio, and almost all the other popular strip hotels. The Venetian rocks. Also, I was starting to come down with a cold, so I wasn’t feeling like packing everything to move down the street. We brought way too much crap!
I didn’t have any big wins this trip, and also fortunately didn’t lose much. I’m hoping to get back to Vegas in June when the girls are on summer vacation. We finished our Vegas trip and flew out to Maui on December 29, knowing this time it would be home!!!