Solo travel poses some unique challenges, but also provides opportunities for personal growth and exploration. Las Vegas is one of the better destinations for travelling alone and, if that is on your agenda, you’ll fit right in. Here’s a few tips to make sure your trip is a singular success.
- A great perk of solo travel is that you don’t take up much space. You can book a cheaper, smaller room and not feel cramped. You can almost always find a seat at a restaurant if you are willing to sit at the bar. You may be able to find a good seat to a popular show at the last minute.
- Solo travel doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time alone. Las Vegas is a great place to meet people, as most folks are in a good mood, relaxed and perhaps a little intoxicated. And, of course, your bartender or server will happily banter with you, as long as you tip them.
- There are a number of resources online that can be of benefit to solo travelers. Joining online communities on message boards or Facebook groups can be a great way to connect with like minded people. Many such groups host regular meetups so, if you are in the mood for a little company, you may be able to find it that way. Just be respectful of other members and don’t use the forums as a single’s bar.
- That being said, there are some disadvantages to solo travel. You frequently find offers for 2-for-1 tickets to a show or buffet. You also will pay the same price for a taxicab or a hotel room as a couple would. With a 2-for-1 offer, see if you can use it for 50% off a single item. And, while there isn’t much you can do about the hotel room, Uber offers you a discount if you are willing to share a ride and, of course, when taking a bus or shuttle, you are charged per person.
- Being alone also means exercising a bit more caution. Don’t represent yourself as being alone. If anyone seems to be watching or following you, pretend to take or make a phone call and, rather loudly, say you’ll meet them there in a few minutes. Older folks and women are, unfortunately, more likely to be victims so they may need to be even more careful. If you feel unsafe, don’t be afraid to contact security. Stay aware and don’t drink to excess.
- Never feel awkward about travelling by yourself. Eat at the best restaurants, take in a show and check out whatever strikes your fancy. Las Vegas is used to solo travelers and no one will think you are weird. Most people are far too busy taking selfies to even notice you. And, of course, you can do what you want when you want and need not explain it to anyone.