How to Eat Alone in Public And Enjoy the Journey

Offbeat, Travel News — By John Curran on October 13, 2010 at 11:30 am

Food is a necessity, and if you’re eating without company it doesn’t necessarily have to be for the traveler looking to indulge in his or her personal tastes, especially if they’re only looking for a bit of peace and quiet. After all, whether you travel with a friend, a group or as part of a tour, not everyone’s schedule is going to match up exactly. So if your other traveling companions are busy or even want to visit a site that you’re not interested in, try taking advantage of a meal for one.

As the Globe and Mail details, the first thing to recognize is the freedom you have if you’re on your own in an eatery. After all, you don’t have to worry about what you choose for each of your courses, or how a bill will be split.

Commit to a solo experience that you deserve, too. Don’t be put off by servers who give you less than excellent placing just because you’re sitting alone. Be calm and firm and ask for a nice seat and attentive staff.

Since humans are social, you may feel naked without a laptop, a book or even a notepad where you can jot things down. Feel free to use them, as long as you remember to take time to enjoy the atmosphere and your surroundings too.

Most importantly, if you happen to be sitting alone and you see people you know or strangers who invite you to sit with them, considering politely declining. After all, it’s the experience of eating alone that gives us those rare opportunities for quiet reflection.

[Image: Chelsea Oakes via Flickr]

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