Meetup Accomplished!

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You may recall from my last blog post before I left for Las Vegas that I had hoped to pull together the “first annual” Vegas Solo meetup during my trip. Well, mission accomplished! On Tuesday, September 6, I met up with Janice and Nate at the Cosmopolitan’s Chandelier Bar. As promised, it was a very casual gathering. We chatted for a while, got to know each other, shared Vegas stories and plans, had some laughs, and drank very pricey cocktails. The three of us represented three different parts of the US–Nate the West Coast, Janice the Midwest, and me the East Coast.

We even took photos to commemorate the occasion. Thankfully, Janice’s came out great, because mine were blurry. Meetup commemorative photo, courtesy of Janice Miller:

Vegas Solo Meetup

The First Annual Vegas Solo Meetup

Thanks again to Nate and Janice for the great company and conversation!

To those of you who didn’t make the meetup, I’m sorry I missed you! But I can’t say I’m surprised. There are so many distractions in Las Vegas and it’s very easy to lose track of time. 🙂 Maybe next year.

Yes, I will make this meet up an annual thing. I generally travel to Las Vegas during Labor Day week, but will try to give plenty of lead time if I’m going to be in town at a different (or additional) time next year.

But don’t wait for me if you want to meet up with others during your Vegas travels! Why not set up something of your own before your trip, or join one that’s already been scheduled? I’ve met a number of people–both Vegas visitors and residents–at meet-and-greets set up via online Vegas message forums and Twitter. Here are some forums you can check out and see if there are any meet ups while you’re in town:

TripAdvisor’s Vegas Forum

Las Vegas 4 Ever

Steve’s Everything Las Vegas

Vegas Watch

Open Vegas

Just remember these 2 meetup tips:

1. Keep an open mind about the people you meet; they may not be the same age as you, or have the same politics or the same interests, other than Vegas. Who cares? It’s just an hour out of your life. Broaden your horizons.

2. Always stay in public places with people you’ve just met–especially if you’re a woman traveling alone.

 

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14 thoughts on “Meetup Accomplished!

  1. Nate

    Thanks for setting this up – I had a great time meeting you and Janice, and I’ll definitely try to make the next one. Good advice about organizing a meetup, too. As much fun as it is to go solo, talking with fellow travelers is a great way to spend an afternoon.

  2. Janice

    This was definitely a great afternoon – and perfect for me as this was both my first big solo trip and first trip to vegas! I had a great time meeting both of you 🙂 This was a great way to meet some very cool people you would normally never have the chance to meet.

  3. Gray

    Great meeting you both, Nate and Janice! Yeah, it’s definitely nice to build in some social time to your solo Vegas trip. It’s the best of both worlds. You still get to do what you want, when you want most of the time, while still having some fun with others.

  4. Gray

    Kent, I swear if you guys aren’t in Vegas next time I am, I will be crushed and devastated. I really want to meet you two in person. 🙂

  5. JoAnn

    I’m still trying to figure out my vacation plans for next year. Vegas at this time is on the “want to do” list.

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  8. hardware

    this brings up a simple little question that might strike a nerve, so i won’t ask, but i will say that i did join a group of folks one time for a message forum meetup, and was glad i did.

    have i made an effort to do so again? no, but not necessarily by design.

    1. Gray

      I’ve joined a couple of message forum meetups in the past too. I’ve never not enjoyed them. I don’t feed the need to do it whenever and wherever I travel, but it’s nice knowing the option is there.

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