Category Archives: solo travel

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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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

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

Where to Find Peace and Quiet in Vegas

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The grounds at the Tropicana are lovely and sometimes people-free

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about where and how you can meet people in Las Vegas. But what if the stress of your daily life leaves you wanting to “get away from it all”? What if you just want to kick back and relax and not have to interact with other people?  What if you just want a little peace and quiet in Vegas?

Well, first of all, if you want to avoid people totally on your vacation, you probably shouldn’t have come to Las Vegas. It’s not a barren wasteland, after all. But then, you probably know that.

No, I’m talking about people like me, who are introverts. Even if you’re here to have fun and meet new people, there may be times when you just want to be alone with your thoughts for awhile. Especially once you’ve spent 48 hours or more being overstimulated by crowds and noises and flashing neon signs. Am I right?

For those of you who, like me, need to recharge your batteries alone once in awhile–even in Las Vegas–here are a few places where you can do that: Continue reading

How to Meet People in Las Vegas

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How do you meet people in Las Vegas?

If you’re in the midst of planning your first solo trip to Las Vegas, you may have some nervousness about whether or not you’ll be lonely, whether you’ll be able to meet people, etc. Don’t worry. One of the reasons I promote Las Vegas as such a great solo travel destination is because it’s so easy to meet people there. Vegas is a playground for adults, so everyone’s in a good mood.

One of the questions I get asked a lot in email is “Where do I go to meet people?” I think sometimes, what they really want to ask is “How do I meet people in Las Vegas?” Because you can meet people almost anywhere.

My go-to method of meeting people is by meeting them online first. I’ve met a lot of people because of my blog. But even if I weren’t a Vegas blogger, I’d still be active on social media, because that’s the best place to connect with people who have common interests. Continue reading