Roadtrip to Las Vegas – Day 1

I am doing NaBloPoMo this month. 30 blog posts in 30 days. You can read more about it on San’s blog the in between is mine. #nablopomo2022

On the road

Thanksgiving week break started for us yesterday after school, hurray! I am so glad school is out now for the whole week. I kind of needed the break, too. When I asked the rest of the family what they wanted to do, my daughter suggested we visit our friends in Las Vegas. Luckily they are happy to have us and honestly I can’t wait to see them again. They moved away a couple of years ago and I miss them dearly. I met her at work when we first moved here and we became really good friends. When our son was born my daughter stayed with them when we had to go to the hospital in the middle of the night. They feel more like family to me.

Las Vegas may not necessarily be my first choice for a vacation spot. We stayed a couple of times by now already before they moved there just because it’s so convenient when you do a road trip through that area (California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah). We don’t gamble, I hate the smoke in the casinos but like in any place you can find other things to do (and the Cirque du Soleil shows are amazing) – I will report more next week.

I was thinking about flying this time but with 4 air fare tickets and the holiday timing price wise it came down to almost the same and we do love a good road trip. It’s a long drive from us and it took us anywhere between 10-14 hours so far (google maps tells me 9 hours but it is wrong, I can tell you that). Most of the time we spent a night in Bakersfield to break it up a bit and there are things you can do just not very many – maybe later more about that.

So yesterday I packed up the car in the morning while the others finished up work and school and off we went. Instead of the 5 we are taking 101 this time. The first night we stayed in Paso Robles. It’s a little over 200 miles and the drive took a little over 4 hours. We arrived pretty late so we just hopped quickly in the hotel pool and went off to bed.

I made no concrete plans for today yet. The hotel has breakfast so we will likely decide then.

What would you have done – road trip or flying and spending more time in one place?

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14 thoughts on “Roadtrip to Las Vegas – Day 1”

  1. I’m not into public transit in the middle of a pandemic, so I would probably road trip it, too! If you have time to do it and no one gets terribly carsick, it’s probably the smartest move right now.

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    1. I am even not sure which option exposes you to more strangers but yes, you are not cooped up with them for an extended period of time when you drive. We have done international flights during the pandemic to visit family but mostly people were as careful as we were. I actually felt worse in the domestic terminal when passing through at the airport.

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  2. How fun! I think for that distance, a road trip sounds doable and exciting (any further than 10-14 hours would be very exhausting and, to me, more appealing to fly).
    Safe travels and I hope you have a fabulous time ❤

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  3. Las Vegas wouldn’t be my first choice for vacation, but I think it’s different when you just stay in the area with friends.
    I probably would have flown down there (it is an awfully long drive), but then again, it can be fun if you plan a few stops.

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  4. I do not love long car drives (anything over 6 hours feels insurmountable to me, haha) so I probably would have flown. But I’m sure buying 4 flights over a holiday weekend would have been so much money! Flights are insane right now. You likely made the right call!

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  5. Oh, I love road trips! So glad you are road tripping with the end goal of seeing friends – the best kind of destination I can think of.

    I love driving. My most recent trip was a 13 hour drive to visit my family out East. I did it solo, in one day. Might not suggest that for fun but it got me there and on my own terms. 🙂 That said, I think my next road trip might be for more fun purposes.

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  6. I always think I would love a good road trip but then being in the middle of it I am not so sure. Well, I definitely like it much more than the husband. He would fly anywhere. I don’t mind driving as long if your are not stuck in traffic.
    I’ve only been die Las Vegas once and it was a total culture shock for me. We left within 24 hours…
    Will be interesting to see where you go.

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    1. It’s a culture shock for sure. For some odd reason the kids like it there (I bet mostly because we stayed at a hotel with an indoor/outdoor pool before). The Cirque du Soleil shows are really amazing even though we did not go this time.

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