I don’t know why, but eating alone seems to be one of the biggest fears for some people about solo travel. I have to admit the first time I ate on my own, I felt a bit weird. It’s odd not having someone to talk to, or steal food from, and I got a bit paranoid about what everyone was thinking about me. But I quickly realised how to make the experience better; so I thought I would share them with you.
- People don’t care!
I know it might feel like everyone is watching you as you walk into the restaurant and find a seat, but have a look around, no one cares. The more I ate in places, and took the time to look around, I have noticed a few people take notice of me being on my own. It was all in my head.
- Bring a book
It can get a bit boring when your sat waiting for your meal. I really like taking a book along with me and reading while I wait. I tended to take a novel with me, I always love reading while I travel. If you are not a book lover, this would be a great time to get out your travel journal and jot down a few thoughts on what you did that day. It’s a great way to stay up to date and keep an amazing lasting memory.
- Eat your meal at lunch
If you don’t like the idea of being surrounded by couples having their romantic date night, go out and have your main meal at lunch time. There are fewer couples and loads more people eating on their own, especially when your travel through Europe. You won’t feel like the odd one out, and you can sit outside and watch everybody as they walk down the street.
- Stay in your hostel
Most hostels have a kitchen and cooking facilities, which are a great place to meet new people. If you are worried about eating out alone then this is a great place to make your own dinner, and sit and talk to other solo travellers. It is also a really good way to save money.
- Be confident
This is one of the most important ways to get through a solo meal. Walk into the restaurant with your head held high, the only thing anyone will think is “Wow check out how confident she is! I wish I was that confident.” It is just like deciding to go travelling on your own; if you feel confident about it, you will look confident, and everyone will be really impressed.
If you don’t feel confident fake it- no one will know.
What tips would you give to other solo travellers?