Having recently returned from Affiliate Summit West in Las Vegas, today I’d like to share with you my 7 tips on the things not to do if you’re attending a conference in the “Sin City”.
Here are my tips:
- Don’t rent a car unless you’re planning on traveling outside Vegas, or you’ll be staying at a hotel other than the one where your conference is being held. Taxi fares range $8-$12 one way around town, whereas a rental of a good car would cost you from $50/day and up.
- Don’t try flag a cab on the Strip as it may take forever, and it is much easier to just go to the closest hotel’s cabstand and have them get a cab for you.
- Don’t wear new shoes unless you are 100% certain they are comfortable. Generally, there’s a quite a bit of walking that has to be done around Vegas (even around your own hotel). So you want to make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
- Don’t overuse alcohol especially if you’ll be coming from overseas or the East Coast, and will have to deal with some jet lag.
- Don’t count on credit cards only. Most ATMs in Vegas charge you between $2 and $6 for cash withdrawals (in addition to whatever you bank may charge you). So, bring some cash with you.
- Don’t log into important accounts via WiFi as apparently logging via wireless makes your accounts vulnerable to being hijacked by Firesheep. If you absolutely must log in, use httpS Everywhere to protect yourself. More in this post (applies to Twitter, Facebook, bank accounts, etc).
- Don’t come to the airport late as that security line is longer than in many airports, and you want to allow yourself plenty of time to check in, go through the security, and reach your gate on time. An hour and a half to two hours would be preferable.
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