I shuddered as the shot of rakia hit the back tto my throat, grimacing at the sudden burning sensation that was centered in my chest. I grinned as my newfound travel friends took another shot of the potent liquor our guesthouse owner had handed out. The first self-portrait I took on my travels: I had no idea what I was doing.
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I felt liberated, exhilarated and afraid. This was me following my dreams. I was looking forward to one day being able to describe myself as fiercely independent because at that very moment I felt anything but. That night, surrounded by newfound travel friends, we toasted the start of my solo trip and they told me I was brave. The following I dont want to eat alone again today my friends took a day trip to Montenegro and I found myself truly alone for the first time since stepping off the plane.
I grabbed my Kindle, a beach towel and some sunscreen and set out to prove I was capable of solo travel.
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After struggling with an eating disorder several years ago, I knew that this was where a lot of my issues stemmed from. Many months of battling to swallow food had left me uncomfortable with eating in front of people — I never knew when my anxiety was going to flare up again. On top of that, despite my best efforts over the past year, I struggle tremendously with caring too much about what other people think of me — a negative comment on Never Ending Footsteps will ruin my week and make me feel like I should shut down my site forever — and I take everything so personally.
As an now-occasional solo traveller, this can be a challenge. Not even the beautiful scenery on Koh Phi Phi could make me comfortable with dining alone! Overall, I love the idea of eating alone. I want to enjoy it.
I have a vision of sitting in a cosy restaurant, reading a book and drinking a glass of wine, enjoying the silence and having time to myself to think. It has got better, though. My mindset needs to change.
I am not a big fan of eating alone either. I feel so conspicuous in the middle of a restaurant alone. But when traveling solo, I am determined not to miss a great meal just because I dont want to eat alone again today am eating alone! I also find that a book is the greatest device while eating solo… when traveling alone I get more reading done than any other time of year!
It definitely gets easier the more you do it! I actually really enjoy eating out alone!
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I find it to be a relaxing thing to end the day and a fun way to meet and talk to people if eating at the bar! Hi Lauren, thanks for posting this — I think being uncomfortable eating alone is not just a solo traveler thing, but applicable in many places.
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Glad you enjoyed the CreativeLive talk — it was fun: Lauren I really find your honesty inspiring. Worrying about what people think is the real difficulty in my opinion. I started running I dont want to eat alone again today in the mornings last year and one day someone pointed at me.
I never did it again. And not one of us is perfect. I know how you feel about running, too, I have an… awkward running style Horny Kelso woman people stare at me whenever I run outside! I know exactly what you mean and it took me the longest time to feel comfortable eating alone.
I used to get the food to go toxay sit in my car and awkwardly eat it before sitting by myself in a restaurant. But I started small in really casual cafes and gradually worked my way up to nicer places. Then one day I was staying with a friend in SF but he had to work, so he suggested I come by I dont want to eat alone again today pizzeria he worked at for dinner.
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The I dont want to eat alone again today who worked there kept staring at me and I was so sant til my friend told me later they were just checking me out. And the people sitting near me kept looking at me… til they started talking to me and they were just curious about my story and we wound up chatting and sharing food for the rest of the night.
It really just comes down tocay not caring what others think.
I just want to let you know that you are NOT alone in fear of being judged. Toeay, even I am very subconscious in enjoying myself outside without any company. And you said something very accurate, we must learn to enjoy things out of our comfort zone. Life is too short to give a damn about what strangers think!
Why would it matter? They will only see you once!
Something that I can really relate to, thanks for sharing it! I totally relate to this. Yes the street food there is great but there were also some fantastic eateries recommended in my Lonely Planet book that I xlone had to try. It was all part of the experience of travel, right? I just used to sit there and write my journal which would later become my blog once I found an Internet cafe in between taking mouthfuls and try to absorb myself in that so that I could lose the sense of feeling so very very uncomfortable.
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I think the first time is definitely the most challenging so make sure you do it more than once or you I dont want to eat alone again today be scarred for life — I almost was! It took me a long time to get used to chatting to strangers once I started travelling: Eating alone is also one of the hardest parts dontt solo travel for me which is sad because food is such an integral part of traveling for me.
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I used to get such bad anxiety that, like you, I would just grab instant noodles and snack food from a convenience store and I dont want to eat alone again today it in my hostel. Good luck with your challenge!
I am also trying to put myself out of my comfort zone more often. I struggle with getting out of my comfort zone but always feel fantastic afterwards so keep pushing myself: It was definitely interesting.
It was probably all in my head but I felt like other customers were looking at me and felt sad for me!
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Eeep, having the waiters react in that way is never great for self-confidence! Glad you wrote about this, I have a half written article on the subject myself. Lunch I can usually handle but dinner at a nice restaurant is a real challenge. Funny enough, the thing I hate most about eating alone is that people always come over and try to talk to me! I love this article. Thank you so much. Solo traveling is great one moment and so difficult the next!
Eating alone can be so difficult! I would have wanted to run away if that had been my first encounter. As someone who travels alone quite a bit I will say, it does get easier! Of course there are times and certain restaurants I dont want to eat alone again today feel so strange to be alone in, but I think that being confident in eating alone will help get over the awkwardness or the feeling that people are judging you. I have a book, Women fuck Cremona least, or a I dont want to eat alone again today.
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I think that has to be in a certain type of restaurant. And, as you can see from all of the dint, you are definitely not alone when it comes to feeling scared about this. I have mixed feelings toward eating alone, and actually prefer to eat on my own sometimes.