When you’re a solo traveler, you have to get used to doing things on your own.
It seems a lot of people are really afraid of or at the very least mildly bothered by the idea of sitting alone at a restaurant. I admit it, I used to put these ridiculous limitations on eating out, saying that a solo lunch was fine but somehow a solo dinner was too awkward.
I now realize that my way of thinking was not only illogical, but also unnecessarily negative. A meal out should be enjoyable, not just a way to keep your body fed.
While a night out with friends is something to look forward to as well, I would like to share with you my top 5 reasons for going out to eat all on your own:
1. You can order whatever you want.
Okay, you can order whatever you want with friends too, but be honest- do you always?
Isn’t there often some sort of deal or a dish to share? Or perhaps your friend decides they aren’t very hungry so your massive plate plus dessert seems a little over the top.
There is also the budget issue, we tend to try to even out the budget when we are with someone else, which can affect what you order.
While I really believe you should always feel comfortable ordering whatever you want, we all know it’s much easier when there is no one to influence you with their cravings or budget.
2. You catch up on your reading.
It can be so hard to find time to read when there are so many other distractions. While you are traveling you want to see and do everything, it’s hard to take a moment to just sit down and read.
When you go out to eat on you own, a book is an excellent companion.
3. Quality people watching.
When you’re alone you are so much more aware of your surroundings. Pick a table near a window or with a good view of other tables in the restaurant and you are bound to spot some interesting people.
I love making up personalities and conversations for the people around me.
4. Get some writing done.
Whether it be poetry scribbled in a notebook or blogging on your laptop, you can get a lot of work done during a meal. You’ll also find that being alone in public with your notebook or laptop can really get you focused in a way the hostel couch cannot.
5. Take as long as you want.
No rushing! You have only your schedule to deal with so you can enjoy as much food as you want while you read, write, people watch or whatever else you want to do.
Do you like to go out to eat on your own? What are your favorite things about a meal out by yourself?