Las Vegas a solo traveller's heaven
OK, Las Vegas is obviously nothing in the excitement stakes compared to travel in Outer Mongolia or hiking Everest, but I'm a solo traveller, a retiree and a woman.
And Las Vegas to me is heaven because it's as safe as being inside your own house.
As long as you stick to The Strip, everything is wonderful.
In and out of casinos, hotels, shopping malls - 90 per cent of the time a Las Vegas traveller is inside buildings, even though you may often get confused and forget this thinking that you're outside, eg, The Venetian (they've got canals), Paris (Eiffel Tower), Planet Hollywood (inclement weather), Caesar's Palace ('outdoor' restaurants), New York-New York (Brooklyn streets with corner deli).
For scaredy-cat solo folk, like me, Las Vegas is definitely the place to go.
A woman can attend the buffets by herself (several times I've been invited to share tables with families) and not feel as if she needs 'another half' tagging along.
She can attend the best shows on offer, and all with that added Las Vegas glitz: Jersey Boys, Phantom, Celine Dion, a myriad of Cirque du Soleil productions, not to mention a glut of magic shows - Penn and Teller, David Copperfield.
The monorail takes you between hotels, the southern Strip bus takes you to a fantastic outlet centre.
The Grand Canyon? Hoover Dam? There'll be a tour straight from your hotel that will return you safely.
The hotels are as cheap as chips, and you get a suite. What's more, there's no rule saying you have to gamble. I've never so much as touched a slot machine, but still found my days full to bursting.
Just finished my fourth visit to LV (August 2012). Roll on number 5.
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