If traveling alone is new to you, meal times are something that will take some getting used to.
There are a few things to learn that will help you navigate this new terrain.
With a few ideas, dining alone can become one of your favorite and most relaxing parts of your travels.
Don’t feel uncomfortable
Solo travel, and along with it, solo dining, is becoming more and more common.
The stigma that used to surround eating alone in a restaurant is basically gone.
Know that there are a large number of people around the world who eat alone in restaurants every night, and be confident in knowing that, although alone, you are in good company.
Make reservations when possible
To ensure you get a seat, make reservations in advance whenever possible.
This is a tactic to ensure that you are seated shortly after your arrival at the restaurant.
This is a much better option than waiting in line for hours and risking losing your place in line if you have to use the restroom while doing so.
Bring an inexpensive item to save your seat
When you’re dining alone during your travels, there will be times when you haven’t finished eating, but you still need to excuse yourself to wash your hands or do something else.
By taking an item to save your seat, you will alert the server that you are not yet finished and still need the table.
Always use an inexpensive item, such as a sweater from a thrift store, so that if it is stolen while you are gone, you are not left destitute.
Enjoy the Solitude
Some people are so nervous and uncomfortable about dining alone that they forget to enjoy the solitude it affords them.
Take this opportunity to relax and enjoy absorbing new flavors and surroundings.
Eat your food slowly and savor each bite without additional distractions.
Meet new people if that’s your cup of tea
If you’re feeling lonely, choose a restaurant that is known for having more interaction.
Pubs can be popular places to eat when you crave a good bite and a little more action. Make eye contact and find a way to start some conversations.
You may even end up with one or more fellow travelers this way.
Bring something to do
One of the worst things that happens while dining alone is getting bored while waiting in line or waiting for your food.
This can also aggravate the discomfort related to eating alone that you may be feeling.
To avoid this situation, bring something to do.
Sudoku or a good book can be a perfect activity when you have more free time while waiting at the restaurant of your choice.
Dining alone is an aspect of solo travel that takes many people a little time to get used to.
Try not to think of it as a negative.
Consider all the advantages of choosing a restaurant, ordering what you want and not having to negotiate with a travel companion.
Enjoy your solo dining as a vital and enjoyable part of your solo travel.
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