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  • Tyus Tours & Travel Guide To New Year Eve In Las Vegas

    9/30/2019 12:19:35 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Ready to countdown to the New Year? We have the ultimate checklist to make sure this is the best New Year’s Eve ever. Check out this guide for everything you need to know about New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Come thirsty, be loud, and ring in the new year with MGM Resorts.


    What to Expect


    On average, over 300,000 people are on The Strip every December 31st to celebrate the new year. The Strip closes around 6:00 pm and opens back up around 3:00 am. If you are sightseeing elsewhere in Las Vegas, make sure you are back on The Strip before it shuts down so you won't have any problems getting to your hotel room.


    Usually the monorail is the only public transportation available, so bring a pair of comfy shoes as you will be walking a lot. Rideshare can drop off those with hotel reservations but will not be able to pick you up during The Strip closure.


    Keep glass containers of any kind in your hotel room as they are banned beginning at 6:00 pm. Beverages in glass containers will not be available for sale beginning at 6:00 pm. Closer to the NYE countdown, hotels will require a room key to access the property, so keep your room key with you at all times.


    The Morning of New Year’s Eve


    In case you are still looking for the perfect NYE outfit, take advantage of the amazing shopping at MGM Resorts. Stop by SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker for the perfect pair of heels. The Shoppes of Mandalay Place will have these flats you will need to change into later at night.


    If you still can't decide on the perfect outfit, head over to the Shops at Bellagio where you can shop at designer favorites like Chanel, Dior, Gucci and Valentino just to name a few. Remember it's cold in Vegas in December, so bring a jacket!


    If you're looking for some inspiration on how to look your best on The Strip, check out our take on the Las Vegas look.


    Prepare For New Year’s Eve


    It's now time to get ready! Make a reservation at one of our award-winning salons. Many of the spa and salons on The Strip will have NYE spa specials, so ladies, take advantage and book an appointment for a manicure, pedicure and blowout.


    Men, get a close shave at a traditional barbershop. The Barber Shop has an old-school vibe with modern luxuries. From the zing of a straight razor and vintage memorabilia—to a flat-screen TV and an Xbox in the waiting area, this male-centric venue is a great escape for anyone looking for the perfect man cave away from home.


    Dinner Plans on New Year’s Eve


    Book your dinner reservations in advance as this will be the restaurants’ busiest time. If you're looking to impress your significant other, book a table at Lago By Julian Serrano at Bellagio. Featuring floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, LAGO's dining room ensures you will have the most spectacular views of the resort's iconic Fountains of Bellagio.


    If you're looking for a great steakhouse, we recommend Bavette's Steakhouse & Bar at Park MGM. This intimate space with glowing chandeliers, sultry jazz and mixed vintage art and murals features a menu of richly flavorful ribeye's, fresh seafood towers, zestfully seasoned lamb chops, traditional side dishes and house-made desserts.


    If a more laid back but fun atmosphere is on the agenda before stepping out on the town, Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay is the place to be. This gem at Mandalay Bay is known for its fresh take on classic American dishes, award-winning cocktail menu and its lively atmosphere that can’t be duplicated anywhere else on The Strip.


    See a Show on New Year's Eve


    There are six Cirque du Soleil shows at MGM Resorts, and each is an unforgettable experience with no two being alike. Maximize your Cirque du Soleil experience and book a Cirque VIP Package for "O," Beatles LOVE or KÀ performances and experience an exclusive performer meet and greet, beverage inclusions, VIP seating and more.


    If you're looking for shows that the whole family can attend, we recommend Javvawockeez and Blue Man Group performances. Jabbawockeez has awe-inspiring choreography, pulse-pounding music and stunning special effects while Blue Men Group will take you on a spectacular journey bursting with music, laughter and surprises.


    Clubs on New Year’s Eve


    Whether you're looking for world-famous DJ's, a night of dancing and drinks or an evening of romance, you are just steps away from the hottest nightclubs in Las Vegas.


    Jewel Nightclub at ARIA has five themed VIP suits that overlook the crowd and DJ booth. Explore Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand and check out its many levels that include a laid-back area, a lounge setting and main room and mezzanine where the world's top DJs like Steve Aoki and Calvin Harris frequently headline.


    Guests at LIGHT Nightclub at Mandalay Bay will be treated to a visual nightlife experience that you won't find elsewhere in the city. Lastly, 1 OAK Las Vegas at The Mirage provides just enough spotlight for burning up the dance floor and dark corners for a sultry rendezvous while sipping cocktails.


    New Year’s Day Brunch


    Las Vegas is a city known for coming alive especially after dark. But after a long night of entertainment on the Strip, Las Vegas has a way of turning into a city full of hangovers. We have narrowed down the best brunch locations on The Strip.


    No matter what you’re craving, from sweet to savory, Mexican dishes to breakfast classics, a liquid champagne brunch or build your own Bloody Mary bar, Vegas has it all and more. We recommend you check out Citizens Kitchen at Mandalay Bay.


    This 24-hour restaurant serves up hangover cures like crab cake benedicts and crème brulee French toast, and if you're moving a little slower the morning after, no worries, Citizens Kitchen & Bar offers all your brunch favorites until late, with some dishes served all day.


    Rejuvenation


    Start off the year right with getting your body detoxed from all the impurities you have taken in the night before. Our relaxing spa experiences are designed to rejuvenate your body, and we offer many options to stay healthier while you're away from home.


    Stay hydrated with REVIV Wellness Centers. Located in the MGM Grand Underground, REVIV certified medical staff offers five different hydrating IV infusions and Energy & Wellness Booster Shots.


    Our wellness page has numerous recommendations for Staywell Rooms, wellness spa treatments, fitness centers, juice bars and restaurants with healthy menu options that will help you leave Las Vegas in better shape physically and mentally that when your vacation began.


    To book you Las Vegas New Year Eve experience call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-472-9716.


  • What To Do and Where To Go This Holiday Season

    9/16/2019 1:35:03 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    Ok. We agree. We don't want to think about the end of summer, but now is the time to start thinking about where to go and what to do for the holiday season. Well, we've got some ideas on how to make your Bucket List dreams come true - in New York City!


    Thanksgiving and the Big Parade!


    Our array of Thanksgiving Parade route and area hotels, viewing options, holiday meals, tours and activities give you a unique opportunity to enjoy the Thanksgiving Day Parade the way you want to - comfortably!


    Our famous Thanksgiving Parade viewing parties are the BEST way to see the world's most famous parade! Choose indoor events with wide, expansive window views, or outdoor sidewalk view - either way, you will fulfill your "bucket list" as you watch the floats, balloons, bands and celebrities pass right in front of you.


    Visit our Facebook page @MacysParadeTraveltips for all the inside information on the parade or tune into our Podcast, “Its Your Time 2 Travel” on talktainmentradio.com. (The Live Broadcast is Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 8 pm. You can join the conversation by calling 877-932-9766 and our Podcast will be available starting Friday, September 20, 2019.)


    There's More Holiday Excitement!


    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Party You can be special guests inside Rockefeller Center at an exclusive cocktail party as the famed Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit! Brasserie Ruhlmann is the location for this unique event, just steps from the tree. You can mingle along with locals and visitors from around the world as hors d'oeuvres are passed throughout the elegant Brasserie located in the center of Rockefeller Plaza. Step outside to the private patio reserved just for this event - for a view of the Christmas Tree in all its holiday splendor.


    New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop Vacation. Sure to be the party of a lifetime! As New Year's Eve Times Square revelers stand in the cold, shoulder to shoulder from 42nd Street all the way up to Central Park, you will be overlooking them at an exclusive party right in the middle of it all—high above with a view of the city lights, the celebration and of course, the Times Square Ball Drop!


    Why New York, because New York City is the hottest destination in the world! To book or for more information call 614-323-0858.


  • The Key to Cheap Internet Service: A Local SIM Card

    9/9/2019 4:11:50 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    Want cheap data and phone calls when you’re abroad? Here’s how.


    There’s an easy way to get zero roaming fees, inexpensive internet service and cheap phone calls when you travel. The trick is the SIM card, a tiny, removable chip, inside your phone.


    What is a SIM card?


    Subscriber Identity Module cards are roughly the same size, and indeed look like, the microSD memory cards you’d find in a digital camera. (Some phones actually have both microSD and SIM cards, but most just have the latter.) The main purpose of a SIM card is to store a small amount of data that lets the closest cell tower know, among other things, what wireless company you’ve subscribed to. For example, if you’re on Verizon, the SIM card will let Verizon’s tower know that, yep, you’re on Verizon.


    When you’re traveling, this creates a problem. When your phone connects to the tower in a different country, the tower effectively says “I don’t know you,” and either denies you service, or tells Verizon you’re roaming. If the latter, you get whatever speed Verizon and that provider have determined is acceptable, and you get charged exorbitant roaming rates. AT&T works similarly, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Google Fi are different, but we’ll get to them later.

    If you’re wondering if you can just get a different SIM card that will work on a different network, you can.


    For years that’s how I’ve gotten cheap data in dozens of countries all over the world. I’d arrive in a city, head to a local cellphone company store (like Vodafone, 3, or Orange), and buy a SIM and a month of service. These would have different names, like “pay-as-you-go” or “prepaid.” but in every store I’d just say I was traveling and wanted a SIM for a few weeks, and they all knew what I was looking for. Put the new SIM in your phone (make sure you don’t lose your old one, you’ll need it when you go home!) and you’re all set. If you’re not sure how to do that, the store will probably do it for you. You can be in and out with cheap high-speed data in less than 30 minutes.


    How much does a local SIM cost?


    The prices vary depending on country and provider, but on average I’ve paid around $20 for a month’s worth of 4G data and calls in that country. You read that right. Most roaming packages charge that for a few days, and are slow and data-limited as well. Most companies want to look at your passport, so make sure you bring it. A handful of countries have other requirements, so a quick Google search before you go is a good idea.


    The catch, and you knew there’d have to be one, is that your phone has to be unlocked. This means your cellphone company has to enable a setting on your phone that allows you to use it on a different network. The process to do this varies, but in most cases you need to have paid off your phone. The actual unlocking process is free, though. I wrote about how this works over at Wirecutter, the product review site owned by The New York Times Company.


    Not every phone will work in every country, but most new phones should be fine. Best to check with your current cellphone company to verify that your phone will work, and if it needs to be unlocked.


    A handful of phones have dual-SIMs, which is exactly what it sounds like: two SIM card slots. This lets you keep your home SIM and your “away” SIM in the same phone. Not necessary for infrequent travelers, but for anyone who regularly goes to another country, quite handy.


    Call Tyus Tours & Travel to create your Dream Vacation at 614-323-0858 or visit www.tyustours.com.


  
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