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Is going Solo to Vegas for your first time a good idea?

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Is going Solo to Vegas for your first time a good idea?

I've never been to Vegas and I've never traveled alone either, so it's a whole new experience in both respects. One thing I do know is that I enjoy my own company a lot of the time and sometimes crave it. I also absolutely love Poker with a passion and it seems Vegas offers Poker from morning through till late night, so if I ever got bored, I wouldn't have to walk far to cure my boredom! I just have a few questions though...

Is going Solo to Vegas for your first time a good idea?

If going for a week, what would be the recommended budget? (I don't use slot machines and very rarely venture away from poker, although I do on rare occasions. I also like my food and don't want to shy away from what I want just because of the price, although it's doubtful I'll end up at a Michelin star restaurant) Money isn't a massive issue, but at the same time I want to be sensible.

I want to stop somewhere in the middle of the strip, but where would you recommend that wouldn't cost the earth? The less I spend on where I stop, the more I have to spend to enjoy myself.

What month of the year is best to go, also considering I'd be going solo?

Thanks in advance for your advice!

Michael

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1. Re: Is going Solo to Vegas for your first time a good idea?

To me the only issue to travel to Vegas sololy is the cost of hotel.

*checking* ok there are actually cheap hostels in Vegas lol, didn't know that before. But (luxury) hotel is part of Las Vegas' experience, IMHO. Hotel costs more for solo traveller.

Budget depends largely on the accommondation you choose.

"Is going Solo to Vegas for your first time a good idea?" As long as you can keep yourself occupied it is fine~ Vegas is not my cup of tea but if you like Poker it would work for you.

"I want to stop somewhere in the middle of the strip" From UK? Maybe New York City? NYC is perfect for solo traveller~

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2. Re: Is going Solo to Vegas for your first time a good idea?

Hi Mike, because you are asking questions specific to a destination it would be better to ask on the Las Vegas Forum where they will have the detail you want. Just type that + Trip Advisor into Google to get there quickest.

Also check the accommodation advised on the reviews and above them you'll see categories - click on the Solo ones to bring up experiences of other solo travellers. This is often very useful as it gives tips and a different perspective on accommodation and location

You can also search this forum for other questions asked about going there Solo buy typing Vegas Solo into the small search box above your post. That way you will get a bigger range of answers.

Have a great time.

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3. Re: Is going Solo to Vegas for your first time a good idea?

I agree you should check the very active Las Vegas destination forum for specific information on hotels and restaurants. I believe Vegas is a good solo travel destination. Even when people travel there as a couple or group they often split up for gambling. One person may want to sit at a poker table all day while the other has no interest, so ends up wandering around alone and sometimes even eating alone. There just seems to be a lot of people who appear to be on their own compared to other travel destinations.

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4. Re: Is going Solo to Vegas for your first time a good idea?

I have stopped in Vegas more than once on my way from Colorado to San Diego.

At that time Circus Circus was the least expensive place to stay on the strip, I wanted to be with in walking or tram distance from the shows I wanted to see. I don't gamble, I wandered the crazy themed hotels, took a few shows and was off on the road again. I can only take Vegas for about three days then I get physically ill, there is just so much GO, smoke and peoples.

If Vegas appeals I think it a grand idea to have a go solo.

I agree the Vegas forum could help you out but don't take their word for the only way to do Vegas for a week is with ten grand.. that is just silly.

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5. Re: Is going Solo to Vegas for your first time a good idea?

Hi Mike,

Vegas is a perfect destination for the solo traveller. I usually go for about 10 nights so end up on my own for a few days as none of my friends can ever get away for that length of time. Will prob be going solo again there in November! I love downtown Vegas and the golden nugget is a nice hotel.....also lots of free street entertainment and the hourly light show on Fremont street is amazing. The hotels (and added resort fees on your arrival) are cheaper downtown and so is eating out and some say your odds of winning are higher than on the strip. For good budget accommodation on the strip I would pick the Excalibur....great location and prob best value for a solo room.

Leeds, United...
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6. Re: Is going Solo to Vegas for your first time a good idea?

Thanks for all the replies! I'll definitely have a look in the Vegas forum. I would have preferred to stop somewhere downtown just because it's a lot cheaper, but for the type of holiday that I want, mainly playing poker, it wouldn't make sense as all the action is on the strip. I don't really mind paying for a hotel room on the strip, I just want to find one that is nice but also good value and not too expensive. I've had a look around several places and it seems I can probably get a package deal for between £900 - £1200 which includes flights and transfers and it seems this can be done at a few hotels in the area like the MGM (has anyone stayed there?).

Thanks again for the advice from each of you.

Mike

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7. Re: Is going Solo to Vegas for your first time a good idea?

With regard to Las Vegas hotel pricing, you can get some really great deals for Sunday through Thursday, even for some of the really nice properties. Friday and Saturday nights are almost always outrageously expensive. So be prepared to pay a lot for the weekend nights, or clear out and stay at an off-Strip property.

The MGM is a perfectly nice upper mid-market hotel. It is within walking distance of several other massive hotel-casino complexes, so you would have plenty of dining options in that neighborhood.

If you need a break from the cards, keep in mind that Las Vegas is a few hours away from some of the most beautiful scenery nature has to offer anywhere in the world. The Grand Canyon is about 5 hours away. Zion National Park is 2 1/2 hours northeast, with Bryce Canyon just a little farther away. Death Valley is 2 hours west. You can rent a car or be part of a tour to see those, if you want a break from the casinos.

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8. Re: Is going Solo to Vegas for your first time a good idea?

I agree, Las Vegas is a fantastic solo destination.

As for hotels, except a few luxury hotels, most of them are inexpensive if you compare with other destinations. It's the only city where I don't hesitate to book a suite as it's really affordable.

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9. Re: Is going Solo to Vegas for your first time a good idea?

I stayed in the MGM for 10 nights back in 2009 when a group of nine of us went. Would defo recommend it. New York, New York hotel I would recommend too, less rooms and smaller casino. The MGM is massive.

Leeds, United...
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10. Re: Is going Solo to Vegas for your first time a good idea?

Thanks for the information Retrofuturistic! It will definitely come in handy, but I think I would definitely save those experiences to share with my girlfriend if (or more likely when) I go back again. I never get bored of Poker no matter how long I've played, so I can easily see myself doing that most of the time, whilst spending some time exploring the strip and shopping. I would love to go to those places though and knowing they are so close is great!

Chris75, I've definitely flirted with the idea of a suite because I noticed the exact same thing when researching yesterday, but as with the travelling to other places, I'll probably save that experience for going with my girlfriend, I feel it would be a waste on just myself because I mostly see the room as just somewhere that I'll crawl back to after a night of poker to go to sleep, whereas with my girlfriend it would be a place we might spend more time in, so a suite would be perfect.

LouH76, I really appreciate your feedback to my question! I heard New York hotel was a good place to stop, but I noticed the MGM through researching prices and it's good to know that you had a good experience there, I'm slowly swaying towards the MGM as my possible hotel destination.