Dread of eating alone

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Fran doesn’t mind a bit of solo travel, but is petrified of eating in a restaurant on her own. Debbie has a few ideas which may make eating alone less daunting.

Q. Fran
I don’t mind travelling alone but one thing that fills me with dread is eating on my own. I often find myself ordering room service, but this offers limited options and is far from ideal. Food is such a large part of travel so how can I get over my fear and truly enjoy my trip?

A. Eating alone in a restaurant is probably the single-most hated experience a solo traveller has to endure, it even has an official name – solomangarephobia.

However, as more people embrace travelling on their own, getting a table for one is becoming more commonplace, but if you’re still uncomfortable, try the following:

  • Take a seat at the bar rather than a table. This will give you the opportunity to talk to people as they come and go and the bartender is sure to have a few minutes for a chat. You may even get some good insider information.
  • An oldie but goodie, make sure you have something to read so you look busy.
  • Or give restaurants a miss altogether and embrace the ever popular trend of street food. This is often where the best culinary goodies can be found anyway.
  • Visit the local farmers market and stock up on nibbles to have at your very own picnic in the park.
  • Consider a cooking class, or gourmet food tour. As these are often held in groups, being alone isn’t an option.

I’m glad you’re keen to travel alone and hope the above ideas help you overcome your dread of eating out.

Written by Debbie McTaggart


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