The Best Travel Destinations That Aren’t Vegas

If you love gambling, everyone knows that Las Vegas, NV, USA is the best city in the world to visit. It is the gambling mecca that attracts around 42.5 million visitors from around the globe each year. If you love to gamble but have never been to Vegas, it should definitely be on your travel bucket list. Vegas is not the only city that is a gambling paradise though. If you are a little tired of the Vegas vibe or just looking for somewhere different to travel, there are plenty of places that fit the bill. Here are a few of the best travel destinations for people who love to gamble that aren't Vegas.

Reno, NV, USA

You don't have to go far from Vegas to find a great alternative to "party never stops" atmosphere of Las Vegas. Billed as "The Biggest Little City in the World", Reno, NV is a great place for gamblers to find all the casino action they are looking for with a much more laid back vibe.

Reno has worked hard to change its image and present an alternative to the over-the-top glitz and glamour you'll find in Vegas. There are some incredible casinos in Reno including the Nugget Casino Resort, Harrah's Reno, Peppermill Reno, Silver Legacy Resort and Casino, and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, just to name a few.

Just over the California/ Nevada border, just 22 miles from Lake Tahoe, Reno is also a much easier drive from Northern California and the Bay Area than Las Vegas. Overall, it is the perfect in-state alternative to its more famous sister gambling city.

Atlantic City, NJ, USA

Gambling in Nevada is great for people on the West Coast and from the middle of the country but it is a bit of a hike for those on the east coast. That is why easterners have been flocking to Atlantic City for their gambling needs since the late 1800s.

Right in between New York City and Philadelphia (98 miles from NYC and 62 miles from Philly), Atlantic City, or AC for short, has long been the premier east coast gambling destination. In addition to gambling, the city offers a lot of fun things to do such as checking out the great Jersey Shore beaches and the world-famous boardwalk.

While the city has gone through some tough times in the 21st century, the casinos are still some of the best you will find east of the Mississippi. While you are there make sure you check out some of the most popular casinos like the Borgata as well as Bally's, Harrah's, Caesar's and the Tropicana's AC branches.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Around 30 million people come to see the power and the majesty of one of the greatest natural wonders in North America, Niagara Falls. What many people do not realize though is that after you check out the falls, there are a lot of things to do in the area, including visiting some amazing casinos.

While gambling is not legal in New York State outside of a few Native American reservation-based casinos, a quick trip over the Canadian border will get you to some of the most unique casinos in the world with the most spectacular views. The "Neighbors to the North" have 3 great casinos in Niagara Falls where you can catch a glimpse of the falls while playing your favorite casino games. Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino, Casino Niagara, and Fallsview Casino Resort are all places gamblers must check out when you are in the area.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

For travelers who love gambling, getting out of North America is also something you should definitely do from time to time. If you are interested in taking your skills and money to Europe for your next trip, you will want to go to the most famous gambling city on the continent, Monte Carlo.

This city is the height of European luxury and will make any gambler feel like they are stepping onto the set of a real-life James Bond movie. The Sun Casino, Monte Carlo Bay Casino, Casino Cafe de Paris, and the Monte Carlo Sporting Club & Casino are all worth visiting while you are there. If you can only check out one place though, it should be the spot made famous by old 007 himself, the Casino de Monte Carlo.

While any time of year is a perfect time to go to Monte Carlo, May is a perfect time to go. This is when they host the Monaco Grand Prix, one of the biggest races in F1 racing. It draws a crowd of the rich and the famous along with open-wheel racing diehards.

Macau, China

No list of best travel destinations for gamblers would be complete without the new challenger to Las Vegas' gambling mecca throne, Macau, China. As late as the 1990s, Macau was a sparsely populated group of islands under Portuguese rule off the coast of mainland China. In 1999, control was given back to China and Macau became the Vegas of the Far East. Today, while not quite as famous around the world as Vegas, Macau has 7 times the gambling revenue of its American counterpart.

Macau is home to many casinos including two of the biggest and best in the world, the Venetian Macau and the Wynn Macau. There are also many other must-see sights outside the casinos such as the Outer Harbor, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Rua S. Domingo street.

Your House, Anywhere

There is always the possibility that some people won't, can't, or don't want to travel anywhere but still love gambling. In 2020, that is no problem! There are plenty of amazing online casinos available at the push of a button or swipe of a finger nowadays. You can be at your desk or on your couch at home and still have access to world-class casino action at any number of popular sites around the internet. Whether you are between globe-hopping trips or just want the feeling of one from the comfort of your home, online casinos are a great alternative so that the casino fun never has to stop!

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Five Essential Lessons to Keep in Mind When You're Starting Your Own Business

"How did you ever get into a business like that?" people ask me. They're confounded to hear that my product is industrial baler wire—a very unfeminine pursuit, especially in 1975 when I founded my company in the midst of a machismo man's world. It's a long story, but I'll try to shorten it.

I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up—even if it involved a non-glamorous product. I'd been fired from my previous job working to become a ladies' clothing buyer and was told at my dismissal, "You just aren't management or corporate material." My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.

Over the years, I've learned quite a few tough lessons about how to successfully run a business. Below are five essential elements to keep in mind, as well as my story on how I learned them.

Find A Need And Fill It

I gradually became successful at selling various products, which unfortunately weren't profitable enough to get me off the ground, so I asked people what they needed that they couldn't seem to get. One man said, "Honey, I need baler wire. Even the farmers can't get it." I saw happy dollar signs as he talked on and dedicated myself to figuring out the baler wire industry.

I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up.

Now forty-five years later, I'm proud to be the founder of Vulcan Wire, Inc., an industrial baler wire company with $10 million of annual sales.

Have Working Capital And Credit

There were many pitfalls along the way to my eventual success. My daughters and I were subsisting from my unemployment checks, erratic alimony and child-support payments, and food stamps. I had no money stashed up to start up a business.

I paid for the first wire with a check for which I had no funds, an illegal act, but I thought it wouldn't matter as long as I made a deposit to cover the deficit before the bank received the check. My expectation was that I'd receive payment immediately upon delivery, for which I used a rented truck.

Little did I know that this Fortune 500 company's modus operandi was to pay all bills thirty or more days after receipts. My customer initially refused to pay on the spot. I told him I would consequently have to return the wire, so he reluctantly decided to call corporate headquarters for this unusual request.

My stomach was in knots the whole time he was gone, because he said it was iffy that corporate would come through. Fifty minutes later, however, he emerged with a check in hand, resentful of the time away from his busy schedule. Stressed, he told me to never again expect another C.O.D. and that any future sale must be on credit. Luckily, I made it to the bank with a few minutes to spare.

Know Your Product Thoroughly

I received a disheartening phone call shortly thereafter: my wire was breaking. This horrible news fueled the fire of my fears. Would I have to reimburse my customer? Would my vendor refuse to reimburse me?

My customer told me to come over and take samples of his good wire to see if I might duplicate it. I did that and educated myself on the necessary qualities.

My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.

Voila! I found another wire supplier that had the right specifications. By then, I was savvy enough to act as though they would naturally give me thirty-day terms. They did!

More good news: My customer merely threw away all the bad wire I'd sold him, and the new wire worked perfectly; he then gave me leads and a good endorsement. I rapidly gained more wire customers.

Anticipate The Dangers Of Exponential Growth

I had made a depressing discovery. My working capital was inadequate. After I purchased the wire, I had to wait ten to thirty days for a fabricator to get it reconfigured, which became a looming problem. It meant that to maintain a good credit standing, I had to pay for the wire ten to thirty days before my customers paid me.

I was successful on paper but was incredibly cash deprived. In other words, my exponentially growing business was about to implode due to too many sales. Eventually, my increasing sales grew at a slower rate, solving my cash flow problem.

Delegate From The Bottom Up

I learned how to delegate and eventually delegated myself out of the top jobs of CEO, President, CFO, and Vice President of Finance. Now, at seventy-eight years old, I've sold all but a third of Vulcan's stock and am semi-retired with my only job currently serving as Vice President of Stock and Consultant.

In the interim, I survived many obstacles and learned many other lessons, but hopefully these five will get you started and help prevent some of you from having the same struggles that I did. And in the end, I figured it all out, just like you will.