Oh, I know what it’s like eating at restaurants when travelling solo. You walk into a restaurant on your own and you get the looks. You know, those looks. The ones where you think that the people looking are;
A) Feeling sorry for you as you have no friends/boyfriend
B) Think you’ve been stood up
C) They look confused as how could you possibly be seen to be eating alone
D) Thinking you’re cool because you’re a bad ass chick who doesn’t need anyone (lol, this is highly unlikely but I like to imagine)
E) All of the above!
When I go travelling this is one of the things that plagues me. Do I sit and eat alone in front of people or just get room service?
And, every time I think f**k it – I want to go out! I didn’t come here to hide away.
I’ve eaten at some pretty weird places on my own. I think my all time favourite was the most romantic place on earth – the Eiffel Tower! Yeah, it was my finest moment sticking up a middle finger at society.
I don’t need a boyfriend to go on holiday and I don’t need one to eat out at nice places.
In fact, while I’m writing this very article I’m sitting alone at a restaurant in Pondicherry, India. Eating a lovely steak dinner with the best company I know…me!! (Jokes, but seriously)
All you need is a little courage, confidence (even if it’s fake it til’ you make it) and thick skin.
If you’re still worried about eating out alone while traveling, here are some tips to help you own it!
No romantic date for the Eiffel Tower, oh well! Still a great view with my picnic.