10 Las Vegas Alternatives With the Same 24/7 Buzz

For some people, the whole idea of ‘Sin City’ is a little cliché. And so it often proves, when Las Vegas doesn’t turn out to be quite the place you expect. For those who get it, Vegas really is heaven on earth in every way. For others, it has a habit of coming across as a little…well, manufactured in the extreme.

Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it’s certainly not for everyone. You can always play Cleopatra online slots from your pyjamas at home. If not though, where should you go for the same kind of gambling and general buzz Sin City is famous for?

Contrary to popular belief, Las Vegas isn’t the only place in the world with fantastic casinos and the kind of 24/7 lifestyle that’s borderline intoxicating. So if you’re looking for the perfect place to party, gamble and eat to excess just because you can, the following 10 Las Vegas alternatives come highly recommended:

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1.Atlantic City

First up comes maybe the most obvious entry of all – Atlantic City or the New Jersey coast. Pretty much the East Coast’s interpretation of Las Vegas, all the action is centred around a main boardwalk that boasts gorgeous views day and night. Just a few of the outstanding casinos to check out in Atlantic City include Resorts Casino Hotel, Borgata, Bally’s, Golden Nugget and Caesars. The dining opportunities are second to none, as are the endless boat trips and excursions from the marina for a little wildlife watching at its best.

2.Gold Coast

Slightly further afield, Australia’s Gold Coast is the place to head if looking to combine the most idyllic and extraordinary beach life in the world with superb 24/7 entertainment. Award winning restaurants and bars, stunning rainforests, international theme parks and of course, the equally famous Jupiters Hotel & Casino. Along with being an absolute paradise for surfers (hence the name on the famed strip of coastline), it’s the kind of region that caters to all tastes and preferences – regardless of what you’re looking for.

3.Niagara Falls

If Niagara Falls has made it to the list of places you just have to see in your lifetime, be sure to combine it with a stay in fabulous Toronto. The city lies no more than around 90 minutes from this remarkable waterfall, which sits in a region packed with endless entertainment and casino action. Plus the fact that it is right on the border between the United States and Canada means you get to check out two countries for the price of one! Just a few of the casinos you’ll really need to check out during your trip include Casino Niagara, Fallsview Casino Resort and Seneca Niagara. Plus, it is more than worth indulging in a guided tour or two, in order to see the Falls at their very best.

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4.Macau

Heading a little (or a lot) further east, Macau has long been compared and contrasted with Las Vegas for its association with casino gaming and gambling on every level. But what makes Macau entirely unique is the way in which it brings together the super-modern and the ancient so seamlessly. Historic buildings and timeless culture blend right in with the endless shopping malls, gigantic casinos and modern way of life that keeps Macau buzzing 24 hours a day. Head over to the Venetian, Grand Lisboa, Sands, MGM Grand or Babylon Casino for every western casino classic, along with a fair few variations you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

5.Monaco

What Monaco lacks in size it more than makes up for in exclusivity. Suffice to say, it isn’t the type of place you can expect to head with pennies in your pocket and live the local lifestyle. Still, even if you base yourself as far away as Nice, it only takes a quick train ride to head into Monaco for an afternoon or weekend.  It goes without saying that the local highlights are Casino de Monte-Carlo, Casino Cafe de Paris, Sun Casino and Monte-Carlo Bay Casino – don’t expect to pay less than around $1,000 per night for a decent room in the heart of town.

6.Dubai

By contrast, Dubai provides visitors with the opportunity to live a millionaire’s lifestyle, without having to go overboard with the spending. The only difference being that across the UAE as a whole, gambling remains illegal! Nevertheless, you can still expect the same kind of 24/7 buzz and atmosphere you’d expect from a weekend in Las Vegas. Spend your trip wasting as much time as possible on Jumeirah Beach, Kite Beach, JBR Beach, Sunset Beach or Al Mamzar Beach, enjoying some of the most decadent cuisine served up anywhere in the world!

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7.Amsterdam

Right at the heart of the Netherlands lies another city famed for its ‘sinful’ leisure tourism scene. The difference being that with its unofficial handle of the ‘Venice of the North’, Amsterdam combines absolute hedonism with incredible culture, history, architecture and beauty. The Holland Casino Amsterdam represents the best place to head for a spot of gambling, but most of the city in general doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase ‘closing time’.

8.New Orleans

Often highly underrated by those who have never experienced it for themselves, New Orleans is one of the most quintessentially unique and captivating cities anywhere in the world. Particularly if you head over at the time of the Mardi Gras parade. Either way, the rich culture and unparalleled nightlife of New Orleans make it exactly the kind of place that’s worthy of stopping by. Be sure to check out Harrah’s Casino, Treme, Jackson Square, Audubon Zoo and French Quarter while in town.

9. Biloxi, Mississippi

Not too far away, Biloxi could be a prime candidate for America’s best city you’ve never heard of. Along with eight incredible casinos running 24 hours a day, there are A-Lister packed live shows throughout the year, an extraordinary dining scene and the most idyllic subtropical climate imaginable. The total package you’d expect from Las Vegas, only with the removal of the chaotic crowds and the addition of unbroken views of the Gulf Coast from your hotel room.

10. Cruises

Last but not least, if you genuinely cannot make your mind up as to where to head, why not consider a cruise? These days, cruise liners are less methods of transportation and more floating interpretations of Las Vegas in their own right.  Most packed with the kind of 24/7 entertainment that puts most modern cities to shame. From world-class nightly shows to Michelin-Star dining to some of the best casinos on land or on sea, the contemporary cruise experience really can be amazing!

 

The Best and worst Airlines for Hand Luggage Allowance

With no clear universal parameters on cabin luggage allowance across airlines, it can be very difficult to determine what is and isn’t allowed at times. Add to this all the unique premises and particulars that each airline likes to offer, and it often seems easier just to book hold luggage and spare yourself the calculations. To try and make things a little more simple, we went ahead and put together a list of the best and worst airlines in terms of space that you’re allowed for hand luggage.

The Best Airlines for Cabin Luggage Allowance

Aegean Airlines

Taking the fifth spot, Aegean Airlines provide a great deal more space than many of their more expensive counterparts.

Offering a total volume of up to 126 cm², they only lose out on joint fourth place owing to their weight restriction of 8kg.

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British Airways

Ranking highly in fourth place, British Airways offer comparatively more space than their competitors, with a combined total volume of 126 cm².

Add the fact that BA don’t impose a weight limit on any hand luggage, and it’s easy to see why they remain a popular choice for travellers.

Virgin America

Third on the list are Virgin America, who narrowly trump British Airways by a single kilogram.

With 127 cm² of cabin baggage allowance and no weight limit, what’s not to like?

Alaska Airlines

Narrowly missing out on the top spot, Alaska Airlines are offering their customers a very generous 129 cm² of cabin baggage allowance with no weight limit.

It gets even better if you join their Mileage Plan, which allows you to check in a case of wine at no additional cost.

Southwest

Southwest are officially the most lenient airline when it comes to your hand baggage allowance. In what is a very close contest, they just about clinch the top spot with 130 cm² of space being permitted.

If that wasn’t enough, when you fly with Southwest, your first and second checked bags fly completely free of charge.

American Influence

It’s clear that the competition is pretty tight at the top, but as it stands the American airlines are dominating the podium.

Whilst the difference doesn’t seem so great at the top, it’s only when you look at the airlines that offer the least amount of space for cabin luggage that you see just how big the divide is.

The Worst Airlines for Cabin Luggage Allowance

United

At the other end of the scale, United are only able to offer 113 cm² of space, although they don’t have a weight limit for what you bring on.

This may not seem like much less in the great scheme of things, but when your case is close to bursting open, it could mean the difference between packing something or leaving it at home.

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Emirates

Surprisingly, given their status as a more luxurious way to fly, Emirates offer substantially less space than many airlines, with only 113 cm² being offered to passengers.

With a weight limit of only seven kilograms, Emirates are a lot less lenient with what they’ll let onboard.

Qatar Airways

Similarly to Emirates, Qatar Airways have a weight limit of seven kilograms and offer only 112 cm².

We advise to take only what you need on board with you, and nothing heavy.

FlyBE

In second place, FlyBE offer a slightly higher weight allowance than Emirates or Qatar Airways, but even less space at a mere 110 cm².

Virgin Australia

In quite a contrast to their American division, Virgin Australia can only offer 105 cm² of space to passengers, by far the lowest amount.

It’s safe to say that when booking a long haul flight, taking hold luggage is strongly recommended.

How do you feel about these hand luggage allowances?