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Worst travel partner you've had

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  1. mdlee3_46041

    mdlee3_46041 Low-Roller

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    I'm sure the majority of us have traveled to Vegas with at least one person that we don't want to go with again. I actually have 2 and it's tough to say which was a worse travel companion so I'll describe both.

    Travel Partner #1:

    A) Kept delaying booking the flight and then complained when the price was higher than I told him it was.

    B) He works for an auto manufacturer and his hours were cut when the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in 2011. Then, his heater at his house went out so he had to pay a lot of money to get it fixed. That stuff isn't his fault, but the next thing is. He kept talking about possibly cancelling his trip because he was afraid he wasn't going to have the money. Then, he bought a tanning bed for $900 2 weeks before the trip and decided he was still going to go on the trip. So he would have had a little bit more money, but he spent it right before the trip. BTW, he doesn't even use that tanning bed.

    C) He complained non-stop about how expensive everything was. I guess this goes along with B, but being short of money doesn't necessarily mean he had to complain about everything.

    D) I learned during the trip that he only went because he didn't want me to have to make a solo trip, even though I'm perfectly fine with doing that. So even though it was him that decided not to cancel, he was holding his decision against me because if I would have cancelled, he would have also. I never even considered cancelling because of his problems.

    E) He kept saying during the trip that he would gladly go sit at a poker table for 9 or 10 hours, but he didn't want me to have to go around Vegas by myself. I encouraged him to do it, but he wouldn't, which annoyed me of course. Now, whenever he talks about the trip, people think he didn't have fun because of me.

    F) We went to a club one night and he disappeared for about 20 minutes or so. That was fine with me because I was talking to a girl that I'd met there. I went to the bar to get drinks and he's there and asks me if I'll go half on a round for him. This was partially my fault. I figured he meant a round for me, him, and the girl I was talking to and one he'd just met. I was wrong though. He meant some other people that he'd met. The round came to $140, of which I owed $70 of course. Then out of all that, I didn't even get a drink out of it somehow.

    G) Our last full night there, we were at the FSE watching the concert on the stage next to Fitzgerald's. Obviously this was before the Fitz became The D. We'd both been drinking, but neither one of us were drunk. We're ready to leave and head back to the hotel, but he wants to go in Fitzgerald's and use the restroom first. So he goes in the door where they used to always have the car that you could win and I'm standing outside watching the crowd. About 10 minutes passes before he finally texts me and asks where I am. Well, I hadn't moved from the spot I'd been in for the last 10 minutes. I tell him I'm right outside the door with the car that people could win. He argues with me, saying there isn't a door with a car. I had to go inside and find him and I made a point to walk back out the door by the car so he'd see it and know that there was in fact a door with a car. He actually wanted to fight about whether the car had always been there or not.

    H) At the airport and on the flight home, he complained non-stop about how little fun he had and kept saying he'll never go to Vegas again. During the trip, he said several times that he would happily go home right then, but he never did obviously. Once again, that was decided by him that it was my fault.

    Travel Partner #2:

    Before I start on the things that annoyed me with her, I should at least point out one good thing she did. I'd already had my book tripped for about 2 months when she told me she'd like to go. She wasn't comfortable booking her own flight though so she agreed to meet up with me the next day and gave me the money to book her flight for her. There was no complaining about it, she decided she wanted to go and acted on it.

    A) She lives about 20 minutes north of me while the airport is about 45 minutes south. Due to the parking situation here at my place, I told her that I'd pick her up and drive her to the airport, even though it was taking me out of the way. Despite the fact that I told her this, she decided that she would drive here to surprise me. The problem is since she wanted to surprise me, she didn't tell me obviously. I was already on my way to get her and get there to find out she's not home. So I call her and she got upset because he surprise wouldn't work. Plus, she now had to drive back to her house, which is where she was supposed to be to begin with.

    B) About a week before the trip, she texts me at work and asks me to call her at break. I work 3rd shift and she works 1st shift so for her to want me to call her at 1am makes me think it's an emergency. So I call her at break and she tells me that she wanted to ask me something, but she was pretty sure she knew the answer already. Her cousin wanted to drive us to the airport. I've never met her cousin, but I have always said that the only people that are driving me to the airport are either myself or my family. I'll be honest, I'm a bit anal about making it places on time and need a ride I can depend on. So I tell her that her cousin isn't driving me to the airport, but she can ride with her cousin if she wants. BTW, her cousin wasn't going on the trip. She tells her cousin that I said no and she's still on the phone so I can hear that she told her cousin what I said and then she says her cousin wants to talk to me. By this time, break is almost over but I say ok, but she has to make it quick so I can get back to work. Her cousin starts giving me this sad story about how she's so close to her and that she just wants to be able to say bye because she's never been so far away from her cousin before. I tell her cousin that I'm driving myself no matter what, but that she can ride with her if she wants to. Her cousin flat out says, "Oh, that won't work. I'll need gas money both ways." I told her it wouldn't work then since I'm not giving somebody gas money if I'm not the one riding with them.

    C) When I finally got her in my car after the debacle on travel day, she tells me that she's only taking $400. This is a problem for a couple reasons. We aren't going to Vegas as a couple so while I may pay for a few things, such as maybe a dinner or some drinks, it shouldn't be expected. I book my trips well in advance usually and this particular trip was no different. She had a little over 4 months to save up a little bit and all she could save was $400? My main Vegas trip each year is for a week so $400 is really bad.

    D) I found out after getting to Vegas that she only brought $400 in cash, but she had access to about $400 more in the bank. Unfortunately, this turned out to be false because her card had a block of Nevada on it. She thought she had it resolved once and actually was able to pay for a meal after that, but the next day, her card was denied again because of this block.

    E) Early in the trip, I woke up and was starving so I got dressed and went downstairs to get something to eat. This was about 4am and I was back in the room by 5am. She was freaking out because I left the room and even if I didn't want to wake her, I should have at least text her so she could have known where I went. Now this is weird because she was awake when I left the room, I just didn't know it. If she knew I was getting dressed though, why didn't she just ask me where I was going?

    F) The night after she got mad at me for going to breakfast, we were in the room and I was going to bed. She said she was going to go smoke. I wake up around 5am and she's gone. It was around 11pm when she said she was going to smoke. I look at my phone and don't see any texts from her. Kinda funny considering she wanted me to let her know if Ieft the room. So I look around the room for clues and see that her flip-flops that she had on the day before were gone. This girl hadn't worn the same shoes 2 days in a row for as long as I've known her so that tells me that she never came back from her smoke. Just in case though, I get dressed and go downstairs to see if maybe she woke up and went for another smoke. She was nowhere to be found. I text her and it took almost 3 hours for her to reply that she was down at MGM Grand. Obviously, I didn't care that she was down there, but I was mad that she wanted me to go by certain rules and then as soon as they're mad, she does the same thing I did and didn't live by the same rules.

    G) The first day there, we went to The Yard House at Town Square. Since we weren't there as a couple, we were paying for our own food. My bill came to around $28 and I tipped enough to make it $35 even. Her bill came to $48 and she tipped $2. She then told me that she doesn't believe in tipping any more than $3 no matter how much the bill is. That really annoys me, especially since every server we had all week was great.

    H) She wasn't much of a gambler so a lot of times, she'd just be watching me gamble or she'd be playing the minimum on the CSI slot machine. That's her favorite machine. Anyway, she wouldn't tip for drinks. A friend of mine that was out there and I were tipping fairly well for our drinks, but we both noticed that every time she ordered a drink, the CW would take her sweet time getting them to us, but if it was just me and him that ordered, she'd be back within a couple minutes.

    I) We were staying downtown and were going to take the WAX to the airport. She got mad about us checking out of the hotel when we did, even though it was at the posted check-out time. Then she got mad about us heading to the WAX stop at 11:30am even though our flight wasn't until 2. She swore up and down that getting to the airport at 1:45 would be good enough. We got to the airport shortly after noon and barely got to the gate by 1:45. Then our flight ended up being delayed, which she thinks means we could have shown up later like she wanted to.

    I will say that neither person is going back to Vegas with me, not as something that I plan anyway. They both say they want to, but I don't see it ever happening on purpose. Anyway, sorry for the long post. What is your worst travel partner experience?
     
  2. sybgal

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    After reading this....my 1 bad experience doesn't compare....lol....
     
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  3. klawrey

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    I must be blessed to travel with good people haha. I've been with people who've had bigger budgets, smaller budgets, club goers, club haters, gamblers, non-gamblers but one common theme is a good time and even if the person sucked I'm too outspoken to sit and let them ruin my trip, I'd tell them where to shove it and do my own thing.

    With that said my regular Vegas partner in crime is my old law school roommate. Both of us love to gamble, go to clubs, get a nice meal but also have no problem doing our own thing and catching back up another time. Always have separate rooms so often spend the later hours in the casino doing our own thing. It's great to have a best friend that loves Vegas as much as you do and likes to do it the same way.
     
  4. mdlee3_46041

    mdlee3_46041 Low-Roller

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    Don't get me wrong, even with all that, I still had a great time both trips. Could it have been better? Certainly. Did I let it ruin my trip? Absolutely not.
     
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    I used to get to Vegas rather often when I lived in Arizona but after moving to the Northwest I've only had the chance to go once. That one time in the last 7 years was to celebrate a birthday. I set up a trip with my twin brother to meet him there and a couple of close friends. Now I know one of my friends doesn't really gamble. I have seen him put a $20 into a VP machine a couple of times in distant past but he always cashed out as soon as he got ahead (one time he did get 4OAK on the first deal so that was a short session!) Anyway, he wanted to go on this trip to celebrate our birthday with us. I told him we'd be gambling 99% of the time but he was insistent that we meet at the airport and stay at the same hotel. He said he would have fun people watching and drinking with us. OK..no problem I guess. Well it started with "hey..when the CW comes back, get a water for me". I felt bad that he was just watching us the whole time so I would order a drink and ask "hey..can I get a water too?" Kinda felt like an idiot but wanted to help my buddy.

    By the end of the second day, he was done watching. He made no attempt to hide the fact that he was bored. Eventually he started grabbing the "problem gambler" brochures and would read them aloud while we were on slots or VP. Haven't really spoken much to him since then.
     
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    If those are your first two experiences with "friends" in Vegas I would seriously consider moving and starting the 'social scene' as if it were the first time. This post is close to the one about the worst offer ever received from a host \hotel\casino. The fact you are not awaiting trial on murder charges is a credit to your incredible self control.
     
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    wow, you really now how to make a guy appreciate Macker & Gaggles!
     
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    These stories win the award as far as I'm concerned, this is hilarious. Makes my "bad partner" story seem like kids fighting (and mine involves a broken nose).
     
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    My niece wasn't the best travel companion but I can only blame her partially.

    She broke her leg a month before we were due to go and I didn't have the heart to cancel her flight and tell her to stay at home. In retrospect I should have rented a wheelchair but she said she could get around fine on crutches. I warned her about the surprising amount of walking Vegas requires but she is 22 and knows everything (IHO).

    As a side note why is it that these "kids" that spend 10 hours a day on the internet don't seem to know how to use it to plan vacation activities?
     
  10. mdlee3_46041

    mdlee3_46041 Low-Roller

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    They aren't my first 2 experiences with friends in Vegas. Another friend has gone with me every other year and we have a great time out there. I have no problem going solo, but I figured since I get along with both people here and we always have a good time, we'd have a pretty good time in Vegas also. I still had a good time, but not as good as either trip should have been.
     
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    We don't know anyone else who enjoys Vegas so we are fortunately to have avoided such people.
     
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    Boy o Boy those were some bad companions..I guess you really get to know someone when travelling or in LV..
    I have it good cause a buddy of mine since the early 80's is always my gambling partner.First trip back in '86 courtesy of Bob Stupak..Now yearly trips sometimes twice a year or just meet up in AC for a few days..We split up a bunch to do our own things but always know where the other is,time to grab some food etc..

    Couple years ago though made the mistake of telling a younger guy I work with to come along,all he needed was his airfare and gambling $ as we had comped rooms and food from reward credits (Race to Rewards max 2 years)..
    Guy gets in on a Wed afternoon,by Friday morning his ATM card is 'declined' supposedly it was compromised at ATL airport,but I had my suspicions about how it happened and the overall timing of it.
    So the rest of the weekend into Monday as well,I'm handing the guy my 4oak cheap hit tito's in VP to basically go away for awhile..but it was my own damn fault for inviting him to experience LV...never again..and speaking of the weeks/months beforehand,every day I'm telling him approx what $ to bring and as the trip gets closer,he's asking if such and such will do cause this or that just came up etc..
    That's my story and it nothing compared to other two wow!
     
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    Because Twitter and Facebook and Instagram are not into booking Airlines (Yet ;)
     
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    me.. :(

    got sick last year - on st paddys day. so instead of spending the day playing poker and drinking I was sick in bed.. finally got moving for first food in 24 hours at about 7pm and have never been so grateful to a) find a subway and b) find they were serving chicken noodle soup.

    friend I was travelling with kept checking on me before I told him to fuck off and ignore me or I'd piss in his suitcase. so he went and entered a poker tourney and won 1,500.

    hate him so much...
     
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    Most times we travel solo, and from your stories, glad we did. We have traveled with friends/relatives and those all worked out just fine as most times we just did our own things..
    However, this next trip we are traveling with two parties, both arriving and leaving at different times. These two parties do not know each other. :confused2: With couple #1, (arrive and leave first) we will be fine and have loads of fun as we each have been to Vegas multiple times and have plenty in common. More worried about couple #2, who are new to Vegas and on a very limited budget. They don't really gamble but do like to drink. Worried they will be broke in a couple days with barely enough to make the dollar menu at McD's. Since we will likely be playing tour guide for a couple days I am concerned they won't have enough $$ to do & see and am afraid they are going to cramp my style!!! And, sorry my friends, I don't loan money.....:nono: :nono:
     
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    Those first two stories are the best. How do you remember all that?

    We prefer to go by ourselves as none of our friends like our LV routine of gamble 12 hrs, drink for 14, and sleep the other 10.

    Mine are simple and the same.

    #1-My wife and I went to Las Vegas for our 10th anniversary(3 yrs ago) and stayed at NYNY in the Drake Penthouse suite where you get the entire 36th floor. It was a 1 night trip. My boss was also going that week. I had the day off. We arrived at 4pm and he texted me about 30 minutes later saying he needed me to cover for him at a meeting the following morning at 7am!!! We then went off to the casino all pissed off and lost my entire bankroll plus my entire CL plus that extra they give you on your credit line...all in about 1 hour ($25k). God I was pissed at him and myself. We then headed back to the airport at about 9pm and got a text from my boss, saying "Nevermind". Geez

    #2-Same story-Sister-in-Law. This past weekend she flies in from Chicago to meet us in Las Vegas. She shows up at 11:30pm and goes lookign for us in the hotel. Yes, up and down the hallways. She texts us, but the texts are slow and we don't respond for about 30 minutes. We finally hook up and she is swearing at us, calling us names, and all pissed off because we were out drinking and gambling and not waiting in the room for her. I left, lose, and go to bed. She texts a ridiculous apology the next morning and I text back to her "bye".
     
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  17. Camp Rusty

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    Two Birthdays Trashed.......#1

    I have a straight up tie for the worst travel companions.......two years running they attempted to trash my birthday, though one may have not been intentional.

    First year.......good friend and gambling buddy head down with our girlfriends on my birthday. Mine a died in the wool football betting nut, his a died in the wool and unknown to me complete drunk. Long story short, fun birthday planned strolling the Strip early after breakfast and then off on our own to do our thing during the day. Back to the rooms and on to a show which I had bought tix for all, and was taking us out for dinner.

    Should have known what was coming when the day starts for her before breakfast with dumping out way more than a half quart of blue Gatorade, then filling it with back up with vodka, and slipping the rest of the fifth in her purse. The Gatorade is nearly gone before breakfast is even over. An hour or so later had to say goodbye as the fighting had already started between them.

    Fast forward to about six that night and I see him dragging her through the Mirage past the Book. I get up, stupidly, to help get them up to their room. We get off the elevator which seemed to be close enough to "home" to pee, at least for her. So soaked jeans and all we start down the hallway which seems to bring her around a bit, and or just enough to piss her off for some reason.

    We get her in the room and now the fun starts, she does not like being told she has had to much to drink and starts throwing my buddies stuff in the hall.......staggering around bouncing off the bed as she hurls out his suitcase, clothes, laptop, anything she could find. I am outa' here ! We are in our fifties and don't even need this drama.

    An hour or so later he calls, obviously security had been called, he packed up his shit and guess where he wanted to stay ? I tell him he can stay in the room until we get back from dinner and the show, figuring by then she'd be sober enough to let him back in the room. Bad plan, he went drinking......return to buddy passed out on our bed and no way to wake him. Rolled his dumb ass off the bed but certainly put an end to kinky fun birthday sex !

    Next morning she calls him like nothing has happened........he gets his stuff and heads back to their room. Good grief.........avoided them the rest of the trip. Still hang with him...her not so much and he has a cool new girl now.
     
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    Trashed BD #2........

    ......the birthday travel group expanded by another couple the next year. One too many again as turns out.

    Buddy of a buddy wants to come along this time, similar birthday week to mine so the more the merrier. Yea right.

    So Buddy Of Buddy (Bob) turns out to be some sort of something mental and he can't seem to wrap his imbalanced brain around anybody doing anything that doesn't have him as the center of attention. His wife on the other hand, god bless her soul is the most patient and understanding woman on this planet. ....and sexy as hell !

    So Bob's wife decides she wants to go over to the Hilton on the monorail then walk back. This sounds good to me and I volunteer to go with on an adventure, Bob also turns out to be insanely jealous. Go figure. So, off we go.....get there watch some ball, have a couple beers and time to head back. I was looking forward to the walk back to the Mirage, as was Mrs. Bob, but not Bob.

    He turned his fifty something dumb ass in to a whiney seven year old, he didn't want to walk back but didn't want to be alone on the big bad train at three in the afternoon. So we start off walking and he just flips us off, and heads out like he is on fire leaving his wife and I to wonder what the hell that was.

    We take our sweet time and head back to our room to meet my girl and a couple other people to plan the evening. Guess who shows up, stamps his feet on the floor proclaiming "I am not happy !" and flops down on our bed and starts crying. Mrs. Bob is trying to get him to calm down and talk about it, telling him we will all do whatever he wants. I had had enough of this shit and I kicked them out, felt kind of bad but WTF !

    They are still married.....she is still hot......and he is still a [email protected] pussy as my friend calls him.

    On the other hand.....I have friends I love to do Vegas with, just need to know what's up before ya' go I guess.
     
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    Here is mine, plan a nice trip last June for me and the GF. She is a vacation badass and we vacation well together, so no worries there. My longtime guy trip LV companion "Jerry" asks if he can come along. I tell him we are going for six nights and spending the last four at Sunset Station, and that he would likely be bored. He says he wants to bring his new GF of all of a month. We had not met her.....

    He asks me book their flight and says they will do their own thing and we wont have to worry. We are all about forty and the new GF of his was 25 and looked like she was [STRIKE]trashy hot [/STRIKE]straight out of a Def Leopard video.

    The day begins with a phone call from SWA airlines. I had booked their travel and entered my cell # so the airline called me to report that had taken another travelers bag off the carousel by accident and requested they return to baggage claim.

    They finally show up at hotel smashed drunk. Like beyond. Jerry is running to the bar to feed her drinks and she is at the same time ordering from the waitress as she goes by.

    His GF "Crystal" gets bored after about an hour and realizes that the action must be on the strip and not in Henderson and demands Jerry take her to the strip. We highly encourage them leaving and they are off. This is about 1pm. About 1am Jerry returns to Sunset Station sans Crystal.

    The story goes that they meant up with some mechanic that works at the GOLD AND SILVER PAWN SHOP and began to drink and party. Jerry says this guy offers to drive them downtown to continue the party. He says on the way he is sitting in the back of the guys Jeep and notices Crystal's hand creeping up the dudes leg. They got downtown and things got really awkward and Crystal ended up flipping Jerry a hundo to get lost. He cabbed back to the Sunset Station and that was the last we saw of Crystal the rest of the trip. She actually told him "We're going to a party and you aren't invited." I of course scolded him like a small child when he got back with about 100 "I told you so's"

    I had his room re-keyed for him and cancelled her return flight as he lacks balls and we never heard from her again. My GF and I now had an instant 3rd wheel the rest of the trip. Spent our last romantic night at Mix with him sitting next to us trying to get up the nerve to hit on some hot asian chic.
     
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    Well, I live in LA so any number of my riff raff friends can end up coming with me because we can go for a day or two if we need to.

    One of my close friends, it's just horrible! Never has much money, snores like crazy, dresses inappropriately, the whole things just makes me insanely uncomfortable.
     
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