There are many reasons to travel to Las Vegas–the superb weather, the fine dining, the variety of Vegas night-life options, the world-class shopping, the decadent pampering you can receive at the resorts, and of course, attractions galore to keep the idle mind entertained. But there is a whole different list of reasons why you should travel to Las Vegas alone rather than with others. Here are my top 10 reasons for traveling solo to Las Vegas. Keep in mind these are MY reasons. I’m sure yours are much more X-rated. 🙂
1. The time-share people will leave you alone.
Timeshare salespeople can be very aggressive on the Strip. During my early trips to Las Vegas, when I was hanging out with my uncle, the timeshare people badgered us constantly. Now that I travel alone, they don’t even notice me. Why? Because they have no interest in selling timeshares to singles. Score!
2. Dining options are very solo-friendly.
Feel weird about eating alone in Vegas? Don’t. Most restaurants here have bar seating. There are also buffets, where you can avoid the boredom that normally sets in between ordering your meal and its arrival, or you can get a table with a view to keep yourself entertained. Most waitstaff are so accustomed to solo diners, they don’t bat an eye when you say there’s just one of you. If there’s a long wait at a restaurant, you can bypass that long line of groups and couples waiting to be seated and grab a seat at the bar. This perk is what I call:
3. The Single-Seat Advantage.
It’s easier to score a last-minute single seat to a top show, a single lounge chair by the pool, or a single seat at a VP bar or bank of slot machines than it is to try to find 2 or more seats together.
4. Freedom and flexibility.
This doesn’t really need an explanation, does it?
5. No fights.
If you’ve ever gotten into a fight with your significant other on vacation, you know what I’m talking about. Nothing sours your good time faster than that. Unless you’ve got anger management issues, it’s unlikely you’ll get into a fight with a stranger while in Vegas.
6. No waiting on someone else.
You don’t have to wait for your companion to get done with her two-hour morning beautification ritual in order to start your day. You also don’t have to wait to go to dinner while your companion plays “just one more hand” for the sixteenth time at the blackjack table. Do you have any idea how much you can squeeze into a vacation when you don’t spend half of it waiting on someone else?
7. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Really.
I HATE that slogan with the fire of a thousand suns, but when it comes to traveling alone, it’s really true. If you try singing karaoke and the audience boos you off the stage, no one will carry that story back to your friends and family (unless you do). If you drink a little too much and pass out in the hotel elevator, no one back home is going to know. (Not that I recommend you try this.)
8. Make new friends.
Oftentimes when we travel with companions, we become a self-contained bubble, so caught up in each other that we’re not open to meeting new people. People traveling alone tend to be more approachable. And it’s fairly easy to meet people in Las Vegas, because everyone is in a good mood. Why wouldn’t they be? They’re in Vegas, baby!
9. Peace and quiet
I know, “peace and quiet” isn’t exactly the first phrase you think of when you think of Las Vegas, is it? Vegas is a city of constant sensory stimulation, which is exciting and fun, but at the end of the day, I’m grateful to be able to go back to my room for some peace and quiet. When you travel with someone else, you don’t usually get that quiet time by yourself.
10. Because you can!
If you can go to Las Vegas, and you want to, you should. There’s no law that says you have to wait until someone else can afford to go, or has the time to go, or the desire to go. Why deprive yourself of a few days of fun in Sin City because of other people? Just go and enjoy yourself.
Do you have other reasons why someone should travel alone to Las Vegas? What are they? Keep it PG-rated please. 😉