Las Vegas Shows Are Great for Solo Trips

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Pre-show crowd at House of Blues

A couple of months ago, I wrote about how I’m kind of sick of Las Vegas because I’ve spent too much time there over the past 15 years. One thing about Las Vegas that I’m not sick of, though, is its excellent variety of top-shelf shows. I’ve traveled around the world and when it comes to evening entertainment, nothing beats Las Vegas (okay, I suppose Broadway comes close). I believe experiencing a Las Vegas show can be an ideal way for a solo visitor to spend an evening. You might not feel comfortable going to a club or bar by yourself, but if you can go to the movies alone, you can go to a show alone.

On my trip last May, I decided to take advantage of the nighttime entertainment options in Vegas by seeing not one, not two, but three shows in one week.That’s the most I’ve ever done before, and I’m not the least bit sorry. All three were excellent, and they all offered very different experiences from each other, from the big, acrobatic production number of the Beatles’ LOVE (by Cirque du Soleil) at the Mirage to concerts by Billy Idol at the House of Blues and Lionel Richie at Planet Hollywood. I suppose if you really want to look for a common theme running through them, you might say all three represent the “music of my life.”

Note: All three of these shows offered theater-style seating, which is more comfortable for me as a solo. That’s something you might consider as you’re choosing which Vegas shows to see. Now, without further rambling, my show reviews:

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For a Great Cause

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Promise Garden

Promise Garden

UPDATE: For a post-walk update, see bottom of this post.

Hi, readers! Heads up: This week’s post is not about Las Vegas. It’s personal. If you’re not interested in personal, feel free to skip it. You won’t hurt my feelings.

Now then….

I’ve been writing about solo travel to Las Vegas on this blog since 2010. It’s been my pleasure to share my thoughts on the city and to encourage others to try a solo Vegas trip. What keeps me going as a blogger is feedback from you (via comments, email, Facebook or Twitter). I’ve heard from many of you about how you’ve enjoyed this blog, how much it’s helped you, and that you’re glad you discovered it. Your words mean the world to me.

If you’ve ever wondered how you might support me and this blog in a more tangible way, this is it–and it’s for a great cause:

On September 18, 2016, I’m participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Funds raised during the Walk go toward Alzheimer’s research, care for patients with Alzheimer’s and support for their families who are caring for them. Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. It’s the only disease among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, slowed, or cured. Currently, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Those of you who are gamblers know those are not great odds for any of us.

My team of three set a pretty modest goal which we’ve already surpassed, but with 2 weeks left to go before the Walk, I wanted to see if I could raise even more money for the cause. If you’d like to help, you can donate at my fundraising page:

http://act.alz.org/goto/graycargill

If you do, I’d love to know you are a reader of The Vegas Solo; please leave a comment on my fundraising page saying so. Of course, you can also donate Anonymously if you’d prefer.

Thanks for reading. I’ll be writing more about Las Vegas soon, don’t worry.

Post-Walk Update:

A huge thank you to those of you who sent me words of encouragement and donations for my team for the Walk to End Alzheimers in September!  Thanks to many generous donors, my team and I went 142% over our $1,000 goal to raise $1,415!

The forecast had called for rain that day, but the weather turned out to be beautiful. We were just three of over one thousand people who gathered for the cause. The walk took place at Shelburne Museum, one of Vermont’s best museums (do visit if you’re ever in Vermont!) and a lovely place for a walk like this, with lots of interesting things to look at along the way.

We were surprised by singer Grace Potter, who was one of several speakers who spoke passionately that day about the need to raise money to support Alzheimers research, support and awareness efforts. Our local baseball team mascot, Champ, also showed up to lend support.  🙂  We were happy to have played a small part in the Walk and all agreed we’ll do it again next year.

The Bloom is Off the Rose

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NYNY Sunset

NYNY Sunset

When I was a child, I loved hot dogs. Whenever we had cookouts, we grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, mostly because they were cheaper than steak or chicken, and we were not rich. One summer day at a cookout, I ate one too many hot dogs and got really sick. Really, really sick. For years after that, I couldn’t even think about hot dogs or look at them or smell them–let alone eat them–without feeling nauseated.

Why am I telling you this story? I was in Las Vegas in early May. I had an epiphany when that trip was over: Vegas is my hot dog.

I’ve gorged on Las Vegas for the past fifteen years and finally, it made me sick. Sick to the point I couldn’t wait to get home, and I didn’t want to write about my trip, process my photos or anything. I just wanted to forget about it and focus on other parts of my life. So that’s what I’ve been doing the past few months. Honestly, I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner.

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Lyft and the Solo Female Traveler

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas at night

As a single woman/solo female traveler, I’ve been a little slow to embrace the whole Uber-Lyft ride sharing phenomenon. The idea of getting into a car with a stranger runs completely contrary to everything I was taught about safety growing up, you know? But after awhile, I had to realize how ridiculous that was. I mean, really, what’s the difference between getting into a cab driven by a stranger or getting into an Uber or Lyft with a stranger? Some would argue that cab drivers undergo more stringent background checks, but you wouldn’t know it by some of the sketchy cab drivers I’ve gotten in the past.

Finally, on my latest trip, I had just reached my limit with the longhauling cabbie situation in Las Vegas and decided to give ride sharing a try. At least, I hoped, with the apps, if something bad did happen to me, the culprit would be easy to track down. And it was less likely that an Uber or Lyft driver would leave me in a dark alley outside the tour lobby of my hotel like a Vegas cabbie once did so I couldn’t report him to the valet for longhauling me. (Yeah, that happened.) Continue reading

Guest Post: My Best Las Vegas Solo Trip

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Venetian

Today I have a guest post from Rona Wright, who only began traveling solo after her husband passed away. After reading her story, I thought her perspective could be useful for many readers–for other widows and widowers, divorcees, or anyone who finds themselves in a new situation of traveling to Las Vegas alone. But also for those who can’t relate to my travel style, which is very different from Rona’s. For instance, I’ve never felt the need to pretend I was married when traveling in the U.S. But I’ve been traveling solo for 20 years, so it’s perfectly normal for me. In any case, I’d say given how much she raves about her most recent solo trip, Rona has clearly become a “Vegas solo” herself. Here is her story:

I have been to Las Vegas six times; twice with my late husband, and four times as a Vegas solo. I have stayed at the Monte Carlo, Bally’s, Flamingo, Mirage, and recently the Venetian, which was the best place I have ever stayed in Las Vegas and would highly recommend to others.

This was my best solo Vegas trip ever.

Going to Las Vegas I have experienced all types of weather and holidays: Memorial Day, Christmas, July, August, November, and now April. When I went last month two out of the four days were rainy which is unusual for Las Vegas, according to the people I spoke with, but it was a welcome relief for them due to drought conditions. Actually it was quite comfortable, not humid, and it did not deter me or others from enjoying ourselves. As I always say, if you can’t find something to do in Vegas, shame on you. Continue reading