Traveling Solo

img_2463About a month ago, I did something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now – I took a vacation by myself. No companion, no compromising, none of that – just me.

When I first began telling people about my upcoming trip, I was surprised at the range of reactions I received – everything from, “oh my god, that sounds like a dream come true!” to “… Why would you want to go somewhere by yourself????” The most surprising to me though was the number of times I was asked, “What does your boyfriend think?” (Please don’t be offended if you were one to ask – I’m not!) It was a refreshing reminder of how lucky I feel to be in the type of relationship I am – that my boyfriend is my biggest supporter & champion for me.

When I think about solo travel, I immediately think about Elizabeth Gilbert & “Eat. Pray. Love.” As amazing as a 3+ month international vacation sounds, that type of trip wasn’t in the cards for me this go-round. Instead, I stumbled across the perfect place with everything I was looking for: sunshine, open spaces, warm(er) weather, relaxation and a fabulous pool. That place? The Westin Resort on Lake Las Vegas.

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If you’re anything like me, you might be thinking, “Ok girl, sounds like fun, but Las Vegas does NOT sound relaxing to me!” For the 964th time, I didn’t go to Las Vegas! Lake Las Vegas is located about 45 minutes east of Las Vegas, but might as well have been 45 hours away – there wasn’t a neon sign or casino in sight, and it was glorious! I was surrounded by desert, rolling mountains, and the kind of homes I’d only imagine to find on Lake Como (Italy). Lake Las Vegas is a true desert gem and I’ll gladly go back in heartbeat.

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The first day and a half, I reveled in the excitement of my solo trip. I drank (a lot of) champagne, did a lot of sleeping, ordered room service and that’s pretty much it. It wasn’t until day 3 that I really settled in and began to relax, unwind & begin recharging. I treated myself to the coolest pedicure I’ve ever had (if you see the words “zero gravity” on the spa menu, don’t pass it up!), kayaked around the lake and journal-ed my heart away.

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My only regret was not staying longer. Day 4 was check-out day and even though my flight wasn’t until later in the evening, my ride into Las Vegas arrived at 1pm. I was just starting to feel the benefits of my stay drip into my soul and I wasn’t ready to turn the faucet off yet. I lounged at the pool until the last possible second I could before I returned to real life, and left Lake Las Vegas the way I suppose you’re supposed to: wanting more.

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I didn’t have the “ah-ha!” moment like Elizabeth Gilbert, or the desire to make any life-altering changes upon my arrival at home. What I did discover is how badly I needed that trip; for the excitement, for the sleep, for the adventure, for the relaxation, but most of all, for me.

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I highly recommend the Westin Resort Lake Las Vegas for just about any kind of travel: solo, with a family or as a romantic get away. Please, please reach out to me if you have any questions about the resort, the area, or solo travel in general!

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