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How to Eat Out Alone without Angst [INFOGRAPHIC]

Do you eat out alone or does the mere thought of a table for one make you break out into a sweat? For many women, dining solo is a chore or worse, a truly traumatic experience.

It doesn’t have to be – and here are a few great tips to make the experience a little less daunting.

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You’ll find more tips on how to eat out alone on my solo dining page.

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  • Katie @ Second-Hand Hedgehog August 10, 2014, 11:46 pm

    Excellent! I often find myself sitting with a book or a notebook and pen trying not to look conspicuous while I’m eating alone. I think it’s something of an achievement when you’re confident enough and comfortable enough to eat alone without feeling awkward. Still, I love the advice about remembering you’re NOT the centre of attention! It’s so easy to feel like the whole restaurant is staring at you and wondering why you’re on your own…

    • Leyla Giray Alyanak August 11, 2014, 6:39 am

      Katie, next time you go out and eat, notice people as they’re coming in. If a woman is on her own, are you going to sit there and wonder who she is, why she’s there, ask yourself how sad it is that she’s alone… NO! You probably won’t even notice her, or might look up for a second if she is wearing something out of the ordinary or looks a bit different. It’s the hardest thing to understand but… most people don’t care!

  • Robyn Metzger November 7, 2014, 7:02 pm

    If the establishment is a bar & restaurant I wander to the bar early, check it out, if I feel comfortable I buy a drink and look for people I feel comfortable to chat to, then ask if they would mind me joining their table.It was a bit frightening the first few times, but I have discovered that most people including couples enjoy meeting some one new……
    I am a mature female solo traveller and I have made many new friends this way, often joining them on excursions – I always double check they are happy with me tagging along but I have been surprised how many couples tell me they wish more solo people would approach them as it makes their trip more interesting- even young people, people on a honeymoon…..try it you may be pleasantly surprised

    • Leyla Giray Alyanak November 7, 2014, 8:44 pm

      I put a lot of stock in eye contact. If I’m feeling chatty (and in all honesty sometimes I’m not) I’ll look around and smile at people and if they smile back I might wave or actually go up and say Hello. Like you it was scary the first few times but also like you I’ve made plenty of friends this way. The worst thing that can happen? You continue dinner alone. And that’s fine too.

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