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shy guy is a little nervous about this vegas trip

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by technocrat, Aug 29, 2012.

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  1. technocrat

    technocrat Newbie

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    hi all, first time posting on this board.

    I've got a pretty stressful job, and I ended up with a couple extra days' vacation, so on a whim i booked a trip to vegas for 8/30-9/4.

    but now i'm kind of nervous about this trip. i'm going alone, that's a big deal for me. i am a pretty shy guy, i don't gamble and i'm not really into the shows. mostly i selected LV as my destination because i'm looking for an opportunity to go to a lot of dance clubs (i like electronic dance music especially), flirt with girls, just try to blow off some steam in general. I guess I'm just looking for a space where I can be myself and party, find the fun side of myself, even though I'm not really a party animal in everyday life.

    so, in general, what are your ideas of how a socially awkward 34-year-old guy can have fun on a vegas solo trip? assuming cost is irrelevant, best places to stay and hang out? sorry if it's too general of a question.
     
  2. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Stay mid strip. Paris, Cosmo, P-Ho

    Dress decent.

    Have fun. Hard not to.

    And, go ahead and gamble a little.
     
  3. MangoPort

    MangoPort Low-Roller

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    Firstly cost is *almost* always relevant for Vegas because you can blow through insane amounts of money very quickly. But let's assume you're well off enough that anything besides a caviar bath is on the table.

    Here's how I would approach it. For nightclubs most hosts will set you up with one bottle in an okay but not great location. This can be good or bad depending on your 'game'. If you're able to strike up a conversation inviting a girl back to your table "Hi, listen I bought way to much alcohol would you like to join me for a drink?" will work great.

    On the otherhand, if you get shy and are stuck in a conor with a 1L bottle of greygoose you just paid $600 for will be depressing as all hell.
     
  4. Tellafriend

    Tellafriend High-Roller

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    I have found that EyeCandy at MB is a good place to go solo to meet new and exciting folks for a night of fun.

    Hyde at the Bar isn't bad, but its so busy and crowded that if your alone it could be difficult wo a good, outward personality.

    Try EyeCandy.
     
  5. eloisegirl

    eloisegirl Low-Roller

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    My first trip alone anywhere freaked me out, for the first fifteen minutes, after I got into the room, unpacked my stuff and then looked in the mirror. I pictured a map of the Earth and imagined myself a red pin dot in the middle of nowhere away from everyone I know, and said to my reflection, "Well, I can either flip out, or go to the bar and get a drink." I chose the drink. Not shortly afterward I made two of the best friends I've ever had, with whom I have since travelled far and wide. Lesson? You never know what surprises are coming your way. But you gotta exit the room and put yourself out there. Good on you for choosing The Happiest Place on Earth for Adults! Prepare to have your mind blown.


    By the mere fact of being in LV, you have several great convo openers at the club: "Is this your first time to Vegas?" "What's the craziest thing you have ever done/seen/heard about in LV?" "What is the one thing you'd recommend to a Vegas Virgin?" Plus I like MangoPorts "way too much alcohol" suggestion. I hope you have an amazing time!
     
  6. Hyperfocal

    Hyperfocal High-Roller

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    I'm the prototypical shy guy and I love solo trips to Vegas.

    It's a place where everyone is from somewhere else and I can be a bit more outgoing and friendly.

    It's unlikely I'll see anyone I know and even if I do, they are in Vegas and don't want me telling anyone about what they are doing. :Þ
     
  7. technocrat

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    Thanks for all your supportive advice. I did a couple things to help ease my worries and put the odds of having a good time in my favor:
    -scaled the trip back to 3 nights
    -booked a Terrace Studio at the Cosmopolitan

    I'm looking forward to having a fun adventure! Eyecandy looks really cool. And there's definitely some good dance music in town this weekend--Tiesto at XS will be sweet, if I can get in. If not I'll just have to roam the strip going from one swanky bar to another, meeting interesting people everywhere. Choices choices. I think i'm starting to get it, a little.
     
  8. Joe Strummer

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    Pahrump !
     
  9. captainron62

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    You may want to consider something like this:

    http://www.groupon.com/deals/las-vegas-club?c=button&pt=&sid=11245777&s=body&division=las-vegas&utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=all-deals_las-vegas&date=20120829&utm_medium=email&p=1&utm_campaign=las-vegas-club&user=9ee228e61b32865c146e734fd8478468296bc54f2d17fe7d15e838f69e811312

    I talked to a friend and he said they have 10 party hosts on-site, they walk amongst the "crawlers" and break the ice for you. I have heard nothing but good things.

    You cannot beat the price, I am going Sunday and Tuesday.
     
  10. theshaah

    theshaah Low-Roller

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    I'm 34 and can also be shy at times. In Las Vegas is NOT one of those times. You aren't going to see any of those people again. Live in up. Become the outgoing party go'er send a couple of drinks over to those cute girls and have the bartender tell em it's from you....The worst that can happen is they refuse the drinks....the best that can happen is you bed all of them at once. Anything in between is better than not making an effort right?

    Dress Nice....Women LOVE it!!
     
  11. C0usineddie

    C0usineddie VIP Whale

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    you will be fine. let old mr mcbooze be your tour guide and it will be a lot of fun.
     
  12. Boone

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    I have to talk to people for a living.... I have never been socially awkward but 99 out of 100 people I meet and talk too are compared to me. Remember that, most are just as shy as you and regardless of their interest in you physically would love to meet someone new and have a laugh.
     
  13. zamboni

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    There is SO freaking much outside of town to do as well. I would say 75% of all travelers to Vegas never leave city limits, and that is really sad.
     
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    mike_m235 Tourist

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    But it's really hot out there
     
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    Let me know how that goes! Looks like a great way to bang some chicks.
     
  16. habs0nut

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    I'm like you. 35 and more or less shy around new people. I went solo last December and it was my first time travelling along period. I had the time of my life. I don't know if this is a Vegas thing or not but one thing I noticed was how nice everyone was. Never had problems socializing with people I would come across through out the day. You're in Vegas, have a good time!
     
  17. NurseLisa

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    In vegas you can be anyone you want to be. My first trip to vegas my friends boyfriend told me "remember no one knows if you have $50 in your pocket or $50,000, so act like you have $50,000". Now they'll know pretty soon if you only have $50 but when it comes to socially ackward. What's to be Uncomfortable with, no one knows you and you'll never see them again. Act like you are the high school quarterback.
     
  18. Nevyn

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    I don't know how many specific tips I can give you, as I prefer the gambling more than you, and am less interested in clubs.

    But part of the beauty of Vegas for the solo traveler is that there are tons of them. Between convention-goers, compulsive gamblers, and groups who often split up to do their own thing, a lot of people spend a lot of time flying solo.

    So you don't get the same alone "stigma" you'd get elsewhere. Its not strange that you're dining for one in a restaurant, etc.

    As for what to do about your shyness and going to clubs, I'm not the best to answer (not my thing, plus I'm shy too). But I would observe that people having a good time and comfortable with themselves are naturally attractive to others. So if you enjoy dancing and clubs and electronic music, don't worry about being there alone and just let yourself relax and enjoy it, and the party will come to you.
     
  19. john meriman

    john meriman merri by name merry by nature

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    naughty:nono::wink2::beer:
     
  20. bedaniels

    bedaniels Low-Roller

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    I spend my working life reducing and eliminating risk. 50-60 hours a week, day after day, week after week, month after month.

    Therefore in Vegas my attitude is to crank up the risk. My advice is to wear loud clothes you would never wear at home, order drinks you would never order with your business associates and drink more of them, associate with the types of people that are not in your normal social circle, bet higher than your comfort level, but not to the point ruin. If the pit boss gives you shit give it right back (yes I been kicked out of a casino before but that pit boss was an ass who sweated the $, no regrets).

    Be free from your day to day life. Some of my best trips are solo trips, go ahead and fart in the crowded elevator and enjoy the scowl on grandma's face.

    I find these trips so beneficial to my mental health I should start funding them with my HSA.

    Party on, enjoy yourself, and bring home lots good stories with discretion of course when appropriate:)
     
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