LA to Vegas: Should I 🚘 or ✈️?
I’ve now traveled from LA to Vegas dozens of times, so I know a thing or two about going that route.
For the first year of my channel I would only drive. Door to door would take about 4.5 hours depending on traffic. Traffic can really suck at times since there really is only one route in and out – the I-15.
The reasons I drove was a mix of ‘I like driving’ and ‘I’m saving money’. That, and door to door flying was not much quicker. The flight itself is 45 minutes only which is awesome, but add in travel time (and cost) to the airport, check in, airport security, wait times, de-boarding, getting your luggage etc. – it was close to 4 hours all in. And that’s IF there were no delays. You can easily get a flight for $60 one way, or $120 round trip plus your Lyft rides to the airport so you’re looking at maybe $150 to fly vs the cost of driving your car ($60 for my sedan). Whichever you choose, below are some of my tricks.
2) you can change or cancel your flight any time free of charge with no change or cancellation fees (only pay more if the new flight price is higher, or get credit if you cancel)
3) they’re just freakin’ awesome to fly. Super friendly and their boarding process is spot on. And if you fly more than 25 times a year with them (I did 30!), you get priority boarding and more!
For me, the best advantage to driving is the fact that you can come and go whenever you like and you are not dependent on others for that to happen. If you have a change of plans, drive off!
And the best advantage to flying is the ease and stress free travel. Since you are reliant on others, I always choose to book my flights to arrive hours before I’m needed for a dinner or live stream because you always have some cushion to prepare for a delay.
And most certainly, never fly to the wrong airport….as I did in THIS VIDEO!
Aside from LA, I've lived in many cities and countries worldwide. More on that next week!
Brian xoxo ❤️
Everyone seems to be fascinated with how Marco and I met as many have submitted this question!
First off, we are talking 15 years ago!! This is before smart phones and dating apps – ya know, when people used to talk😂. I was living in Toronto and decided to make a trip to London, Ontario for a night out with friends. It was me, my best friend and my ex, haha. We just wanted to go out and party and have a good time. I’m pretty sure it was the only gay bar in town (it no longer exists), and so we were dancing away to tunes from DaRude and Christina Aguilera. Then all of a sudden I saw this young man sitting alone at a bar facing the dance floor. I told my friend, ‘Check him out, so cute!’. Of course my friend told me to go talk to him. And of course, I was too scared to approach him. Then my friend told that if I didn’t go talk to him – then he would! With that, I said fine. But only after I went to the restroom, haha.
On my return back, I’m wondered what I was going to say to him. My brain wouldn’t function so I just went straight for it, “Why aren’t you on the dance floor”, I asked. His answer (and everything about that night including the 60 year old bartenders face, the drinks we had and songs we danced to), I remember. “Because nobody asked me to dance.” Well with that, I invited him to come and join my friends and I on the dance floor. We danced all night and hit it off. I learned that he had just moved to Canada only days prior and was staying in a hotel. The next day he would be moving into an apartment. Being the gentleman and 'cool guy' I am haha, I offered to help him move since I had my mom’s MINI-VAN for the weekend lol. He accepted and after a great night, I dropped him back at his hotel.
The next morning, there I was curb side waiting for Marco at 10am as promised. He on the other hand, did NOT show up. I waited until 10:30am and nothing. I finally walked into the hotel and asked if they could buzz Marco, but then realized I didn’t know his last name. Luckily at that moment, the elevator doors opened and out he came. He was shocked I was there because he didn’t think I would actually show up! I’m a man of my word and I was on time. And in true Marco fashion, he was late! Haha.
Long story short, I helped him move into his apartment and we started our relationship. Turned out I was about to move near him in a neighboring city that following week to live with my sister to save money to travel across Europe, so we were able to see other more often. He was just there working as part of his university credit in Paris, France for a year. So after dating for 6 months, I then traveled and toured Europe for 6 months (long distance relationships are hard, but we’re proof they can work!), and finally we both flew into Paris on the same day. He studied there for a further couple years and I stayed and worked as a bartender, a nanny and eventually running a bar.
And I suppose the rest is history…or history in the making. Marco is not a gambler at all, but he does join me on many occasions in the casinos. Here’s our Favorite Video together playing his favorite game (and theme): Sphynx!
See you next week when we compare flying vs driving to VEGAS!
Brian xo ❤️
“What other than slots, do you do on your spare time??” asks Mari L.
First off, spare time..What’s that?? Haha. Although I do work my butt off for my channel, I do allow myself time to enjoy the things that I love.
Travel. I love to travel the world. I’ve so far lived in Malta, Paris, Toronto, San Francisco and Los Angeles (more on that in my blog in 3 weeks!) and I’ve visited all over Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti. Unfortunately (or fortunately) these days I always include casino trips in those, so they become work trips. But NOT when I went to Hawaii for my 10th Wedding Anniversary! There are no casinos in Hawaii don’t ya know ;)
Entertaining. I LOVE to entertain friends and family. Any excuse to have a party, and I will host it. And with each party, I try to outdo my last one. At Marco’s recent Birthday party I found a bartender on Craigslist and hired a company to make tacos on the deck and we even had a drag queen (Cake Moss!) come and perform. For the Oscars I rented a large screen and projector complete with a popcorn machine to make the experience more fun. At one of my parties, just show up and enjoy!
Family. Marco and I are the only family we each have in the city. My family is all in Canada and his are spread between Indiana and Central America. So whenever we get a chance to see our families, we make the most of it. For the second year in a row, we have invited my parents to stay with us for a month in LA (complete with a trip to Vegas of course!).
Sports. I like to watch Baseball as it was the sport I played growing up. Blue Jays are my team. Aside from baseball, I enjoy participating in the end of year finals of other sports like Super Bowl Sunday. I recently went to watch the Toronto Raptors play in LA in fact!
Home. If it’s just me at home for the weekend, I like to get a bit dirty with some handyman work or yard work. I’ve only electrocuted myself twice (I swore I turned off the electricity beforehand lol). As you may have heard, I recently fixed our hot water tank by diagnosing the problem using YouTube videos.
Birds. We have a hummingbird feeder with resident bird, Buddy, who sits atop the feeder to fend off other birds from getting any nectar. He’s a jerk, but I love him, haha. After the death of our cat a couple years ago, he’s the best thing since. We travel too much for a real pet and so we have a fake cat too ;)
Outside of all that, Marco and I like to make random date nights. Our next one is a metro date. We’ve never used the subway metro lines in LA before, so we’re going to explore the stops and find some cool places to visit! And for my Birthday, he’s planned an outing to see the show WICKED, which I haven’t seen before! I’m always open to finding more places to see and visit, so let me know where else to go by commenting on my blog post on Facebook!
To find out more about Marco and I and how we met, check it out next week!
Brian xoxo ❤️