vegas, revisited.

thewinoFor the most part, I’ve done a terrific job at keeping what happened in Vegas a mystery. That’s standard protocol, right?

Here’s the truth: I haven’t really written about Vegas because, honestly, not that much happened. One would think a wino experiencing Vegas for the first time would come home with copious stories of overindulgence and irresponsible decisions. But let’s remember: this was a business trip, which meant my normal travel habits were put to the test.

Instead of regaling you with stories of what happened (or lack thereof), I decided I’d share with you the two very important lessons I learned from my first time in Sin City.

Lesson #1: Traveling for business is tres different than traveling for fun.

Vegas was a huge career milestone for me. Also known as: baby’s first business trip. And do you want to hear a secret? Business travel is way harder than what I anticipated.

After an 11 hour journey, which included two flights and a layover in San Francisco, I dropped my bags and had to go straight to meet my boss and clients. The rest of the week? Not much different. Business trips are equally as exhausting as being in the office, not to mention the difficulty in adjusting to a change in time zone. By the time I was boarding my plane home to New York, all I could think about was the comfort of my tiny New York apartment. Instead, after the red-eye back to JFK, I went straight from the airport to the office on Friday morning.

And here’s the part where everyone who has been traveling for business for years points and laughs and me and calls me a baby. It’s ok, you’re allowed. My Dad certainly did.

Lesson #2: I am absolutely terrible at traveling alone. 

Though I’ve traveled by myself before– as in, sat through many flights, train rides, and bus journeys alone– I haven’t actually stayed somewhere for more than a day ON MY OWN. Being a self-proclaimed lover of travel, maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to admit that to people. Traveling solo seems like the ultimate right of passage, especially in the blogging world. We all like to think that we possess the disposition to be plopped down in any culture, where we inevitably excel at learning everything there is to know about our destination.

Not me. Not by a long shot. Give me a travel partner, and I’m game for anything. Put me by myself in a place unbeknownst to me, and suddenly I lose all the bravery and sense of adventure that I usually possess. I’ve never been the girl to dine solo or see a movie by myself, and traveling alone feels like one huge extension of that.

This is something I KNOW I need to get better at doing. And I plan on it. Possibly next year. Or the year after that. I’m gonna work on it, ok?

Atlantic Ocean

The most welcome site: sunrise over the Atlantic as I arrived back in New York on Friday.

xo!

the wino

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  1. March 3, 2013 / 22:29

    That is funny…I am the opposite. Love to get out on my own when I am travelling, but when I am in my home town, it is a challenge to get out and do it alone! Even though I am in my own surroundings…my confidence is greater when I am on the road and out of my normal!
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    • March 4, 2013 / 12:15

      i just can’t motivate myself when i’m on my own! xo

  2. March 4, 2013 / 02:19

    Vegas has so many different sides that you can have a completely different experience depending if it’s a girls trip, couples trip, or business trip. Also, I prefer traveling with a partner as well. I don’t mind traveling by myself, but I prefer having a buddy!
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    • March 4, 2013 / 12:14

      i know- i think if i were there with my friends, it would have been a much different experience! i’ll just have to go back again and give it another try. 🙂 xo, the wino

  3. March 4, 2013 / 12:26

    I just returned from a solo trip in Vegas. I checked out the art scene, billboards, spa at the hotel, afternoon tea, looked up a high school friend and the pool area to relax. It worked out well, but it is more work than if you are with a buddy.
    In other cities, like Paris, you can take tours, visit museums, wine taste and wander the city for fun. Vegas is tough solo, but still worth experiencing a new place.
    Check out my blog for solo things to do in Paris and happy traveling.
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    • March 4, 2013 / 19:18

      thanks, priscilla! definitely trying to be better about getting out and exploring more on my own. maybe i’ll have to go to paris to test out my new strategy! xo

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