So I’m going to San Diego this January. Pretty far off, but I’m still excited. I have some friends that live in San Diego, so I’ll be spending time with them. It’ll be nice to get away from the dreariness that is winter in the Midwest for a week and a half.

While in San Diego, I’m planning on taking a day trip up to Disneyland. The friends I’m staying with will have a 4 month old baby at that point in time, so it’s never too early for baby’s first Disney trip. I’m also thinking of going to the San Diego Zoo and maybe Sea World. It’ll be too cold for the beaches, but I’m sure there are other ways to spend my time.

And I was thinking about this trip earlier when it dawned on me that this would be the perfect opportunity to take a few days and visit Las Vegas. I looked at flights and it would only be adding around $60 to the flight to detour to Las Vegas on my way home from San Diego.

While in Vegas, I’m staying at the Embassy Suites by UNLV. Not on the Strip, but with my employee discout it’s only $39 a night and they have a shuttle, so that’s a pretty awesome deal. I think I’ll avoid the Blue Man/Cirque du Soliel shows. I’ll only be there 3 nights, so it’s pointless. Plus, I’m really not that enthused to go. I hear they’re great shows and all, but I really can’t justify spending that kind of money for a show.

I’ll definitely go to Treasure Island since I’m drawn to most things pirate-y like a moth to flame. I’ll want to see the Bellagio fountains and have my Ocean’s Eleven moment. There will possibly be a gondola ride at the Venetian. I’ll definitely want to go to the Stratosphere for the rides. I’m an adrenaline junkie, I can’t help it. Beyond that, I’ll play a little Blackjack and spend a little time reading poolside. Truth be told, I’ll probably walk up and down the whole strip and get my pictures in front of all the casinos. Yes, I will be a quintissential tourist and be photo-happy. Am I worried about going alone? Not in the least. Alone time is vital to me, so it’ll be nice to be away from family and friends and just have some quality “me” time. I am slightly saddened by the fact that I won’t have a kick-ass pool, but considering the highs are only in the 50’s I’m not horribly concerned. Next time I think I’ll go during the summer so that I can enjoy some serious poolside action by getting a cabana at Mandalay Bay.