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Thoughts on solo trip?

Last edit: jmtheman on Wednesday, 16th March 2016 6:45 pm
Last response by BillDonovan 3rd April 6:01pm

I have a solo trip planned for Vegas in April. I've been a bunch of times, sometimes by myself, but for the first time in my life, I have co-workers and friends telling me it's weird for me to go by myself.

Disclaimer: I like going alone, but I am having second thoughts now. I mean, I am still going but I wonder if I should try to get someone to go with me now.

Thoughts are welcome, as are solo suggestions for my trip. I want to eat well, gamble and drink.


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 Chuckmonster responded on Wednesday, 16th March 2016

There is this stupid misconception that people who do things alone are losers.... particularly travel to Vegas. That whole idea should go right in the garbage. I LOVE going to Vegas alone. I stay, play, eat, party, drink and have a complete and total blast. Having a companion is great, but not having one is a huge opportunity to explore every deep dark corner of your Vegas desires.

You want to eat experimental food but your companions don't want to? Here's your opportunity. You want to drive the fuck out to Aliante at 3am? Go for it. You want to climb into a pillow fort and watch the keno channel for three hours while ordering waves of room service? Hell yeah.

Opportunity knocks.

 HedgedBettor responded on Wednesday, 16th March 2016

First of all, the obvious - if you like solo trips, do it and ignore your coworkers/friends. Who are they to tell you how to live your life?

That being said, I've done one solo trip (a business trip with plenty of downtime) and it really didn't work for me. Normally I break up my gambling by hanging out with friends/being generally social, but when I was alone I found myself gambling even when I didn't particularly want to because I had nothing better to do. And unsurprisingly, that resulted in losses. Heavy losses. When I get sent to Vegas on business the next time I won't be spending the extra day if I'm there solo.

 Ricogreen responded on Wednesday, 16th March 2016

I agree with Chuckmonster that Vegas is a great city to do solo. I love my summer trip during the World Series of Poker doing what ever I want to do! Who cares what your coworkers think, hope you have a great trip.

 motoman responded on Wednesday, 16th March 2016

HedgedBettor: “First of all, the obvious - if you like solo trips, do it and ignore your coworkers/friends. Who are they to tell you how to live your life?”

Roger that! And coming from someone who doesn’t like solo trips, I think you can trust his opinion.

I have had mixed experiences, but the positives are along the lines of what Chuck noted:

I rented a car. My companions hate renting a car. I check my suitcase. My companions hate checking bags. I don’t mind sitting at the back of the plane chilling while all the maniacs fight over the overhead bins (including someone dropping a carry-on on my shoulder in their haste to get out, before the plane’s door had even opened). My companions are among those in a hurry to get out.

On solo trips, I went to Aria's opening and met Chuckmonster and Admiral Hunter (who was still doing TWHT) for the very first time. And I went to VT10. My companions would’ve chastised wasting Vegas time. For VT10 I stayed Downtown for the very first time. My companions are strictly Strip (and so am I, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to give Downtown a try and would consider it for future solo trips, especially in light of PGP). On a group trip, I am involved with the group (which one time resulted in missing the get-together in honor of Jeff Simpson. That was a severe bummer).

OTOH, I am guilty of spending a lot more time in my room on solo trips. In contrast to HedgedBettor, I delay hitting the tables out of fear of losing, instead of embracing the chance to win. But I’m getting better at socializing with strangers, which was a lifelong challenge that I can credit Vegas with helping me to overcome. No joke.

Enjoy your trip! Have fun!

As far as forcing yourself to bring someone along "just because:"
Once I went with a friend who had a free room for a business trip. This was just after we'd been on a group trip together. He was working, so it was like a solo trip for me but with someone else in the room. Kind of awkward....

Then last month, a business trip with my brother. Last day was solo for me. This time was much better, for whatever reasons.

 NeverJustJ replied on Thursday, 17th March 2016

Great points. Friends' traveling habits, when they don't match yours, get annoying. When possible, if I want to be in LV with friends, we'll meet there...everyone making their own travel plans. I'll sometimes be the guy who rents a van and picks everyone up at the airport...but not always. Flew once, for free, with a flight attendant friend. We were late and didn't get first-class seats and he wouldn't stop whining about it. We're flying to LAS VEGAS for FREE...STFU!

 MEMO1 responded on Wednesday, 16th March 2016

After many years and many trips I just went solo last month, the only weird thing for me was that for the very first time I didn't know where to go ! I went to see a rock concert the first night ( of a four day trip) I arrived but the morning after I was clueless on where to start my day .
Had a great time anyway once I started driving to eat and play where I liked it best and stayed there as long as I wanted
I pretty much did like Chuckmonster said, went wherever I wanted without asking anybody if they liked it or not.
So my recommendation is: plan ahead , leave plenty of time between the places you're visiting and be flexible on your schedule, eating, drinking, gambling and sleeping at your own pace and sole convenience is great. This was sort of a new experience for me in Vegas and I can't wait to go back alone again.

 Truckosaurus responded on Thursday, 17th March 2016

I'm another soloer.

Most situations in Vegas - gambling, drinking, attending shows - don't seem like solo activities as you are surrounded by other people with plenty of opportunity to make conversation.

Eating is the most unfamiliar solo activity, as back home I rarely go out to eat in a restaurant without others. But in Vegas you can either sit at the bar and interact with other drinkers/diners or take a table alone and enjoy a moment's peace and quiet after the noise and buzz of the casino floor.

 jmtheman responded on Thursday, 17th March 2016

I appreciate all the responses. I've been to Vegas by myself about three or four times and never really thought about it. I guess I just work with people who need other people around to validate their own existences and I started letting their opinions seep into my brain.

I will definitely be building a pillow fort. I have a 1-year-old and I'm actually looking forward to getting 6 straight hours of uninterrupted sleep in the middle of a king bed.

 fudgewapner replied on Monday, 21st March 2016

If your coworkers don't have kids, then they certainly don't get it.

I've been solo three times in the past two years and it's fantastic. I get some moms and dads at school asking if I'm getting hookers or other stuff. Some are semi-serious, and I get tired of telling them that solo is great, and I'm certainly not going for hookers. I work from home and have a lot of kid time. And I do the trip Sun-Tues for on the cheap.

Chuck's original response was great, the point of solo is you get to do what you want, no matter what that is. My preference solo is Monte Carlo lazy river with rum and coke, and then some craps tables. I just got back from March Madness in Vegas with 10 other guys, and it was a blast, but there's an obligation to do some of the group thing.

 saharalv responded on Thursday, 17th March 2016

Good lord.
The last time that I DIDN'T go solo it was nothing but "Are you sure's". Are you sure you just don't want to walk? Are you sure you like the smell of the ElCo as much as I do? Are you sure you don't mind that I ate the last bite of those tater tot nachos?
When I tell people I'm going solo and they even THINK of giving me a strange look, I tell them that I have two babies that I take care of on a daily basis and there is never one second of alone time, quiet or time to do things for myself. Then, my wife gets home and it's even worse. Just kidding.

I like to be King in Las Vegas. Vegas is already a town of Freedom, so relish yours! Don't feel bad for one second. Just sit at the bar, enjoy your food and drink at your leisure, then hit the VP for a 10 hour session. That's what I do. Or don't even eat. It's up to you. Have fun!

 hail2skins responded on Thursday, 17th March 2016

Yeah, I go out to Vegas either once or twice per year, mainly with dudes from work, and I find the ones with the younger children (toddlers) appreciate the "alone" time the most, mainly from the aspect of being able to sleep in.

I've been going for about 25 years now and used to take plenty of solo trips before I got married. During those trips I rented the car and did all of the exploring around town, bopping between all of the locals joints (which proliferated greatly in the 90s and early 00s), downtown, and the Strip. But since the Strip has largely gone to crap from a gambling and value perspective over the past 10 years or so, my trips have largely concentrated downtown, with gambling of course the main activity. I used to enjoy gambling solo, but not so much anymore. Granted, you can easily have a good time gambling with strangers, but lately I've found it harder to have as good a time if you're not with your buddies at a table. I used to be able to drive up to AC no problem solo at the drop of a hat, but even if I have some free days to myself, the excitement just isn't there.

Having said all that, I hate when folks express the opinion that its impossible for someone to have a good time doing things solo. To each their own. And during the guys trips, one thing I still like doing solo is getting up early one morning, taking a taxi to Encore, and walking the length of the Strip, all the way at least to MGM and back. Good exercise, a nice change from what seems to be the non-stop pressure to gamble while we're there, and not limited by someone else who thinks its crazy to walk that far.

 wpsteel66 responded on Thursday, 17th March 2016

I have not a single problem with going to Vegas by myself (or any other casino destination)…

I do what I want when I want and do not have to wait on others…I play when I want and for how long I want…I try restaurants that would otherwise be voted against…I never once felt embarrassed by walking to the hostess stand, saying table for one and worrying that other couples and groups would be singling me out as an outcast due to dining alone….

Most of the times I go to Vegas by myself is for a meeting or NASCAR weekend…I have no problems with striking up conversations with others…then after interacting with others all day, good to go back to the hotel, hit the fitness center, and go do my thing that I want to do without going thru the ‘be ready by this time, what does everyone want to do and where to eat?”

 vespajet responded on Thursday, 17th March 2016

My very first Vegas trip was a solo trip and a total of eight of my eighteen trips were solo trips. Even with most of my group trips, I usually had a solo day at the beginning or the end of the trip as well as chunks of days in which I was flying solo. I've never felt odd dining solo and will often opt for a seat at the bar instead of tying up a table.

 sandyastrogl1de responded on Thursday, 17th March 2016

I almost always meet up with friends from around the country in Vegas, because there's something for almost everyone, but I always fly in a couple days early so I can spend time doing what I want instead of what the group wants. I also go alone every once in a while just to pursue my hobby of photography. I'm just as happy wandering the desert alone taking thousands of pictures as I am sitting in a casino with my friends. I probably need better friends.

 anawas responded on Thursday, 17th March 2016

I like a mix of a couple solo days and a couple days with my wife and/or people I know.

I have no shame flying solo. I embrace it. Drink when I want. Eat when I want. Gamble when I want.
It's an amazing life. But I have nothing on the blogger at

 motoman replied on Thursday, 17th March 2016

Ah! Someone mentioned The Vegas Solo! (And surprisingly, the author's a woman. Note the gender breakdown here at VT... RockChickX51, you rock!!!)

I guess I must have some residual shame over solo trips, because VegasSolo is not a regular read for me. But yeah, that is an excellent site for the Vegas soloist.

 levans responded on Tuesday, 22nd March 2016

On most of my trips to Vegas I have went solo. The first time a friend backed out and I went anyway and had a great time. I get up when I want, go places I want to go to and yes, I do relax in my room a fair amount of the time. Dining isn't an issue and I have went to a few shows alone and had a great time. The friends I have gone to Vegas with didn't create any issues or want to do things I had no interest in but when I want to go I just go. Vegas is a great place to meet people.

 alFromSanDiego responded on Friday, 25th March 2016

No one will tell you what to do or where to be. There will be gambling and drinking and pretty ladies. And, you don't have to die to make this happen. Tell Nancy from accounting to shut the front door.

 twofours responded on Saturday, 26th March 2016

I find I am able to concentrate and scrutinize dining decisions easier without my wife's input.

 KickedBoar591 responded on Sunday, 27th March 2016

I was one of those guys who bristled at the thought of going to Las Vegas solo. Which is so strange because I typically ditch the group whenever I'm in town. I love doing my own thing.

But I was sent to New Orleans for work a few years ago. And since I had been there once, I had no troubles going solo. I had the time of my life. I made friends and it made me realize that solo travel might be the way to go.

I've yet to be able to crack Vegas solo. My wife loves it too much. But there is a chance I might make a day trip to Vegas on Saturday just to give it a shot because I'm inspired by this thread.

 BillDonovan responded on Sunday, 3rd April 2016

Question to Jerry Seinfeld years ago: "So, you're single?"
Jerry: "Yes, there is only one of me."