Getting Solo Moments on a Group Trip

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Today’s post, about how you can squeeze in some “me” time even when you’re visiting Las Vegas with others, is courtesy of guest blogger Adam Bauer, aka Vegas Fan Boy. (P.S. If you’re not already listening to Adam’s podcast, you should be.)

Vegas Strip

Vegas Strip at night (photo by Adam Bauer)

Don’t get me wrong, I love traveling to Las Vegas with my closest friends and, occasionally, my wife. Not that I don’t always love going with my wife, it’s just that we only occasionally go. I had to include that in case she reads this. Moving on, group trips can be a ton of fun. However, there are times, especially on an extended trip, in which I just want a solo moment or two. It can be tough when you have to account for other people’s Vegas wants. Here are a few ways I work in some alone time which may work for you as well: Continue reading

Photo Blog: Under the Sea

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Coral Reef

This year’s summer Conservatory display rocked an underwater theme.

This year’s summer display at the Bellagio Conservatory was by far my favorite yet. The theme was “Under the Sea.” (If you now have the Disney song stuck in your head, you’re not alone.) It was by far the most creative display I’ve ever seen there, and I was like a kid in a candy store taking photos of it. Sadly, I never got over there to see how it was lit at night, but the press photos I’ve seen are lovely.

Of course, by now, they’ve transitioned to the fall display (which is very reminiscent of the one I saw two years ago, with the water mill, the talking tree and the Ent), so this post is a little behind the curve if you were looking for a preview before an upcoming trip, or if you saw this year’s summer display yourself in person. But for those of you who didn’t visit Las Vegas this summer, here’s your chance to live vicariously. In what has become a longstanding post-Vegas trip tradition, here are my photos from this summer’s display. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking them. Continue reading

Vegas Vacation: September 2015 Edition

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Vdara at sunset

The view from my room at Aria was amazing–including mountains, sunsets, Vdara and more.

I’m back from Vegas, and guess what? I didn’t get sick this time! That alone made it a winning trip for me. (God knows I didn’t win at the slots.) This time around, I really forced myself to slow down and relax instead of rushing around trying to cram too much in, and that really made a big difference. Still, I was able to squeeze in quite a few new experiences, restaurants, and a show, not to mention hanging out with friends who live in Vegas and meeting two new friends at the meetup at the Pub.

Here’s a quick look at my trip in tweets and photos. This should give you an idea of what sorts of blog posts to expect in the coming months. Continue reading

Book Review: The Outsiders’ Guide to Las Vegas

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fivehundyLet’s get this out of the way first: I know Tim Dressen, author of this book, and his wife Michele. I consider them friends. I donated to Tim’s Kickstarter campaign so he could write this book. I am also a huge fan of their Five Hundy By Midnight Podcast. That said, nobody asked me to review this book, and I’m not getting anything for doing so. Quite simply, like everyone else in the world, I like to recommend things that I like.

I also like to support my friends in their artistic endeavors. But if I had read The Outsiders’ Guide to Las Vegas and thought “It’s okay, but…” or “Wow, that sucked,” I’d keep my mouth shut about it. I certainly wouldn’t be reviewing it. So, with that out of the way, here are my thoughts on this guide to Las Vegas: Continue reading

T Minus Two Weeks

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It’s lounging around the pool time!

Who’s got a trip to Vegas coming up in the next couple of months? (Raises hand.) Me! I’ll be in my Happy Place in 2 weeks. I cannot wait.

This trip is all about Rest and Relaxation (yes, with capital “Rs”). I’ve shunned my usual busy schedule this time around. I don’t want to do anything that even remotely resembles work. I’m not going specifically to gather content for the blog, I’m going because I’m thoroughly exhausted from my day job and I needed to “get away from it all”. More importantly, I wanted an escape that I didn’t need to do a lot of work to plan. Luckily, Vegas fits the bill nicely!

So here’s the deal: I’m arriving on August 29th and leaving September 4. If your travel dates overlap mine and you’d like to meet up for a drink, let me know. Given the short notice, I’m not planning an “official” Vegas Solo Meetup this time, but if there’s enough interest and overlapping dates, I’ll try to set something up on the fly.

You can let me know if you’re going to be in town in the comments on this blog post or on the SoloFriendly Facebook page or you can Tweet me.

Of course, if you’re in town and you don’t want to meet up, that’s cool, too. I know everyone’s Vegas time is precious. Either way, I’ll be having a good time–provided I don’t get sick again. (Third time’s the charm, right? Pray for me.)