Updated 23 July 2017 — Traveling to Las Vegas on your own can be challenging and rewarding at the same time. Here is a collection of my top tips for women visiting alone for the first time.
Dubbed an "adult playground", Vegas is one of the most fun places in the world, which everyone should see at least once in their lives. However, the popular city attracts not only good peaceful travelers, but also unfriendly ones, as well as con artists and plain criminals.
But fear not - it's easy to travel to Las Vegas by yourself, have a blast and meet a lot of good people, if you follow these simple tips.
If you are on your own in Las Vegas it's best not to stand out from the crowd - wear what everyone else does. No one wears tuxedoes or cocktail dresses anymore and people dress comfortably - in jeans, shorts, nice pants, skirts and shirts. For late dining, people tend to dress up, and so can you.
While in casinos, people wear whatever they wear in the street, even shorts. But most restaurants and nightclubs enforce a strict dress code. No high heels needed and you can follow their rules by wearing a pair of black pants and a nice blouse. Just avoid flip flops, running shoes and jeans (especially ripped jeans) and you will fit right in.
Also keep in mind that in summer Vegas can get really hot, while indoors it can be quite cool, even chilly. Try to wear layers that you can easily take off and put back on.
If you go gambling, you should be extra alert - security cameras do not stop crooks from hanging around. Keep your eye on your chips.
Don't have too much money with you - set a gambling limit. You don't know how addictive it can be if you haven't tried!
If you win a large sum of money, do not walk to your hotel room alone - ask casino security to accompany you. Since you won, a nice tip to the security would be a good and fair gesture. Hide your winnings in the safe.
Casinos offer free drinks, free rooms and other freebies and coupons to those who lose a lot. If you like to play, and you're losing, make sure the pit boss notices. If you can't win, you can at least get a free drink or a free stay on your next trip.
If you are planning to play at the casinos, join their players clubs. By joining a players club, you will receive a few perks, coupons, or discount hotel rooms for your next trip. Many casinos offer this option in order to attract customers - and you can join as many clubs as you like.
Sin City is not cheap anymore, and vacationing here can be quite costly. If you are budget-conscious, there are a few ways to cut costs. Here are my best tips on saving money in Las Vegas.
Is Vegas safe in general?
It's pretty much as safe as any other city in the US. There is police in the street, hotels have security, night clubs have bouncers, and casinos have security cameras. But that does not mean that you can get away with walking around in a mini skirt with a purse in your hand!
So what's there to do in Las Vegas other than gambling? There are multiple guided tours within the city, as well as many day trips to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon. All guided tours in Vegas are perfectly fine for women traveling solo - they are organized in small or large groups and are perfectly safe.
If a tour is long, a lunch is usually provided for free, so don't have too much cash with you. Try to wear something comfortable - jeans, running shoes, and a hat if the tour involves walking. In summer, always use sun screen and although water is usually provided, have some with you just in case.
There are so many shows in Las Vegas it may be hard for you to choose. Therefore, I'll recommend you the best of the best, like I would do for a close friend.
Start with the free entertainment (but remember my tips about keeping an eye on your belongings in a crowd!) Free shows in Vegas include Dancing Fountains of the Bellagio Hotel, Fashion Show at the Fashion Show Mall, The Mirage Volcano, Living Statues at the Forum Shops.