Making the most of Cisco Live – Travel

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Giant Cisco Live! logo from Cisco Live 2010

This series is intended to be a collection of advice on how to get the most out of attending the Cisco Live conference (aka Networkers). Some of it is applicable to any training event, but most of it is more specific.

If you have corrections or additional suggestions, please comment so I can keep this information up to date and accurate. I’d like this to be a resource for everyone.


Plan to get to the city no later than mid-afternoon the day before the conference starts. Even if you have a delayed flight, hopefully you’ll get there before too late in the evening.  Even if you can’t check in until 3PM you can always drop your luggage off at the hotel and wander around. There’s no shortage of das blinkenlights screaming for your attention. The point is to make sure you get there early enough to get a decent night’s sleep. Just don’t lose track of time. Inside the hotels there’s no real sense of it.

An Alaska Airlines 737 destined for Las Vegas

If you’re thinking of bringing your family, I recommend against it. A spouse may be fine, but Vegas is not designed for kids (remember, it’s “Sin City”.) I think Vegas (at least the part of it where we will be) is kid un-friendly. The strip is all about sensory overload. Many people like this, but I don’t care for it at all. That said, the Mandalay Bay does have a very nifty shark reef exhibit, pool, and the Lion King.

There are a few other interesting things to see, but I’ll talk about those later.


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