How to beat the alone at lunch phenomena during travel

So you’re planning to go on a fantastic trip, had the perfect company and the most well detailed plan for what you’d do once you’d get there. Only that either some or all of the company bailed last minute, or you decided to do something by yourself for the day, and now have to sit at a table by yourself.
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You’re going Han Solo for the first time, and you’re wondering how to deal with all the solo aspects of it. The sight seeing and taking photographs, walking around is all fine, it’s sitting by yourself for a meal that can prove to be the real devil sometimes; But even so, there shouldn’t be any reason why you shouldn’t want to be alone at meal time, especially if you’re travelling, but even if you do feel the need to busy yourself with something here are 5 things you can do to fill up that awkward time that meals can become.

1. Read a book, or make entries in your journal – spend time doing the things you wouldn’t normally do at the meal table.

I'v always been inerested in taking photos then put a quote or meaning on top of it to explain the photo in more detail. #semiphoto

2. Watch everybody else, in a non-creepy, non-threatening, manner.

3. Talk to the people who serve you, in addition, if you’re alone for the whole trip, make regular stops at the same place while also maintaining a good rapport with the people who serve you. In no time, the angst and awkwardness will be gone.

4. Ask if you can join someone’s table, or allow someone else to join you, because that’s how great stories and friendships start. 🙂

5. If all else fails, pull out your phone, and spend time reading about the place you’re about to visit, or simply keeping someone in the loop about where you are, and what your plan for the day is.

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