My trip in April to Las Vegas was my first alone. I don’t vacation much alone, bu I decided that this trip was meant to be – friends or not. As it turned out, my buddy bailed on me.
It wasn’t until last year where I realized that solo travel was a “thing”. I met Gray from Solo Friendly and now vegassolo on twitter and have slowly learned about it. Gray and I even contributed our solo experiences to each others blog.
My solo trip to Atlantic City
Prepping for a Vegas Adventure
I learned a few things on this trip to Las Vegas alone. First and foremost, Las Vegas is a great place to travel alone. I figured that I wouldn’t have a shortage of things to do and i didn’t. I gambled, napped, ate, laptopped, drank and gambled whenever I wanted.
Sleeping, Gambling & Drinking
Since I don’t sleep much, I’m used to gambling alone to start the day. However, things got a little more sketchy as the day went on and as the drinks flowed. I had a pretty awful run at 3 card poker at Planet Hollywood one afternoon, but it didn’t bother me too much as I proceeded to have way too many Grey Goose & Soda’s. This lead to a “nap” from about 6-9pm. I wouldn’t normally have done this if I was with friends as we probably would have had dinner planned in that time frame. Traveling alone made this not a big deal. I didn’t have to be anywhere and had nobody waiting on me. That was kind of freeing.
On a related note, Earl of Sandwich is an excellent spot to get a quick bite to eat at Planet Hollywood. It reminded me of Quizno’s. Not bad, but not the best sandwiches on the earth. I’m a New Yorker and nothing beats a New York deli sandwich. I’m a bit of a snob about that.
I’ve mentioned in previous trip reports that I like to share excellent meals with friends, but when I’m alone I really don’t worry about what I eat and where I eat. This solo trip proved that as I ate at Grand Lux a lot since it was in the hotel I was staying. The only trip I made for food was to Burger Bar, where I ate at the bar. The other meals I had were overpriced fast food. Never again will I allow myself to fall prey to the $15 hot dog combo at Nathan’s at the Venetian. Which leads me to…
I was stoked to have nobody with me which lead to me not planning anything. I’m not an over planner, but I do like to make sure I maximize a trip. For example, my trip in December had a night planned at Wynn. My friends and I planned a night at the casino based around dinner at SW. Simple plans like this allowed me to get to specific casinos. I realize that without a plan it’s much easier to be lazy about leaving home base. For future solo trips I’ll make sure to plan things out a little. I’m not best left to my own devices. 🙂
If you follow me on twitter you know that I love to tweet. I found twitter to be an asset for traveling alone. I shared tales of where I was visiting or checked out special events at the casinos, stayed in touch with people I had met on twitter that lived in Las Vegas and more. It also provided me with a fun way to walk the strip. I stopped at every casino between Palazzo and Planet Hollywood and tweeted. It was a good excuse to stop and take in the sites.
Overall, I had a blast solo tripping to Las Vegas and it’s something I see myself doing again. I’ve learned a little on how to maximize my stay without adding stress. If you need some time away from the world Vegas is a great place to explore and have a good time alone – whether you gamble or don’t. Feel free to comment or email or tweet with any questions. I only grazed over the trip here.