It takes time to get used to travelling alone, eating alone, going to a show or a movie alone. I remember when my mother would say she’d had a coffee and a muffin in a cafe on her own, my eyes would tear up. Today, I love eating and shopping alone! I even love staying in hotels alone (don’t tell my husband). I quite like being the boss of me.
But I’ve learned some tips for faking it till you make it over the last few years of travelling alone for work, meeting strangers and navigating my way around foreign places, and some tips for keeping you and your property safe…
• If you feel as conspicuous as a jilted bride dining in a restaurant alone, take a notepad and pen and look like a travel writer. Or a novellist. Or a food critic (I’m not sure if food critics make themselves so obvious).
• Or take your smartphone and even if you don’t have WiFi, just play scrabble on it. If you do have WiFi then lose yourself in social media and news sites until the waitress comes. That way you’ll look important… 😉
When out and about
• Pretend to be talking on your phone when walking back to your hotel at night. It should act as a deterrent for bag snatchers and other thugs.
• If English isn’t the first language (or even if it is!) I find having a business card from my hotel in the local language on it is handy for taxi drivers trying to drop me home.
• In busy places like markets, zip your handbag closed (you knew that, right? It’s just that I never usually close mine!) and squish it firmly under your armpit.
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