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Since I don’t have much else to do in the world of travel besides reminisce about past travels or think about future travel plans, I am at this moment doing the latter. I find it funny that everyone in my family has been to Vegas except for me, but, to be honest, the idea of losing money in a casino is not something I think sounds fun. I treasure my dollars, and especially what I can do with them! However, Vegas is definitely on the USA trip itinerary in June (just for a few days) — mainly because my boyfriend is obsessed with poker and has a weird fantasy that he’ll rule the tables there.

I wonder what I’ll be doing? Will I let myself become involved with the wilder side of Vegas… the whole “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” mindset? Mmm… probably not… but who knows.

I think travel in general has a way of letting people unleash bits of their personality they wouldn’t normally. Maybe there are fewer inhibitions to hold them back, fewer people around that they know to judge their actions. Not being tied to a proper job involving dress codes or schedules can be another influencing factor. It’s a nice change, but sometimes people take it to the extreme — sort of like when you first go away to college and are free to go wild without a nagging sense of being caught by your parents.

The Vegas Effect

It seems that no matter where I travel, the Vegas effect takes action. Instead of “what happens in Vegas”, my study abroad crew liked to use the phrase, “What happens in Europe, stays in Europe.” When I took part in that archaeological dig on that tiny Spanish island, it became, “What happens in Menorca…”.

I wouldn’t say I’ve gotten out of control on my adventures, but I have done some things I don’t think I would have if I just stayed at home.

  • In Italy while studying abroad, I went and got my nose pierced. Everyone and their mother had their nose pierced, so I got the nerve to head to a person that didn’t speak English and let them stick a giant needle in my nose. Unfortunately, it lasted maybe 8 months, which is when I gave up hope that the little keloid bump next to it would go away.
  • In Lithuania, I shot some really, really bad-ass guns in an old bomb shelter. I’m talking machine guns. It was absolutely nuts, probably something I’d never do again, but I’m also happy that I did such a weird and crazy thing.
  • In Guatemala, I climbed an active volcano, and by active, I’m referring to the fact that you could actually jump over lava flows if you so desired. I NEVER would have done that if I weren’t in Guatemala.

I’m sure there are probably a few others I’m leaving off, but these are just what come to mind.

Have you experienced the Vegas effect while traveling, and, if so, did you have a Vegas phrase of your own?

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9 Responses to Day 42: The Vegas Effect & Travel

  1. Scott February 12, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    I never really wanted to go to Vegas, but I found myself passing through there a couple summers ago. I’m glad I went, just to witness all the craziness. Now I don’t need to go back!

    • Brooke February 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

      Yeah, it will be good to finally go and see it for myself 😉

  2. Rebecca February 12, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    Jumping off cliffs in NZ and sharing a room with 15 people is something I would NEVER do at home, but overseas? Why the hell not?!

    And don’t worry about Vegas. There is something for EVERYONE there, it’s a little nuts. Like to travel? Visit Egypt, New York, Venice and Paris in one day! Very cheesy, but still fun. And like I always say, when you drink, you always win!! I can’t stand heat, smoking or gambling and I still always have a good time.

  3. ayngelina February 12, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    I went bungee jumping in New Zealand just because it was the location where it was
    invented.

    It was petrifying but I’m so glad I did it.

    • Brooke February 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

      Bungee jumping and sky diving are two things I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do. Good for you for making it happen!

  4. JoAnna February 13, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    For what it’s worth, there’s so much to do in Las Vegas besides gamble. I’ve lived in Sin City for nearly 5 years and haven’t spent more than $10 in the casinos. Get in touch if you need advice when you get to town.

  5. Tim Van Autreve February 23, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    Lies. I’ve always had you pegged as the type to have/shoot guns.

    As for Vegas, what can you do that is so crazy in Vegas? I don’t really understand what there is besides strip clubs and gambling. And I can do that in EP. Maybe I just don’t know because no one talks about what really happens in Vegas, because what happens there stays there. Like can you control your own sweatshop for a day or run a mouse fighting league or something? If anyone can shed some light, I’d appreciate it.

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