DrupalWomenQ-#6414

I travel alone for business. How do can I feel confident going out to dinner and local entertainement vs. just staying locked up in the hotel?

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  1. Marge Yanker wrote on :

    I traveled for years alone and made up my mind that I would not miss what each city had to offer in restaurants and entertainment. The message to myself was that I paid good money just as anyone else and therefore was entitled to enjoy all. I found that if I approached it as a new adventure and with a confident look telegraphing “I belong here”, people treated me in kind. I did not take a book (except in diners for lunch or breakfast) and enjoyed people watching. In crowded places, I had fun listening in to other’s conversation (usually you don’t have to try, just tune in). I especially found this fun when the tables around me were all men and I got to hear what men talk about when they don’t have women around; it was often interesting because they had a shorthand language, mostly with sports terms, that were facinating. Buying one ticket for entertainment usually meant getting the best seats. as single seats are often available in center orchester. The more you venture out, the more confident you will be. I even got good enough to ask for a better table if I was seated next to the kitchen or in some other less desirable location. There are so many women traveling alone today, you will feel right at home. In a few restaurants they have a “captain’s table” where you can dine with other single travelers if you desire. Enjoy!

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  2. Darinda Huntley wrote on :

    I follow many of the suggestions already made. In addition, when traveling for conventions, I talk to hostess/greeter, especially when being seated for breakfast. I make sure she/he knows I’m open to having another convention goer seated with me. Often they are quite happy to fill in that extra seat with another single. I’ve had some great conversations that way. In airports too… had a wonderful lunch with another solo traveler while in Nashville.

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  3. Marcia Miller wrote on :

    And if none of that works for you- try to turn staying in your hotel a positive. Use the spa, take a bubble bath, read a book, get room service or begin writing your book. Write your Christmas cards, learn to knit or do yoga. I lead a busy life and savor quiet time alone in a hotel.

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  4. Karen Hernandez wrote on :

    EVEN IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING SOLO YOU DON’T NEED TO BE ALONE — Hermail.net is a directory of women willing to help other women travelling to their part of the world

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  5. Geri Brin wrote on :

    If you can find a restaurant you think you’ll like that has a bar that also serves food, that’s a great choice. Many really nice restaurants have these all over the country.
    If a restaurants seems “friendly,” not stuffy, you can also choose a table or banquette for one in a corner, against a wall. Bring a good book.
    As for entertainment, the theatre is great, but I never hesitate to go to the movies alone, even at when I’m home. We’re not talking to anyone at the theatre or movies, anyway, so it’s not critical to have “company.”

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  6. Robin Richards wrote on :

    Ask the concierge at the hotel. They are more than likely to be from the local area. They would know.

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  7. Heidi McLain wrote on :

    I eat at the bar or the counter in restaurants and chat with the bartender. I hate to eat alone! Also, if you belong to any national organizations that have local chapters, find out if they have anything happening in your destination when you’ll be there.

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  8. Sara Wald wrote on :

    Hi there… You should check out Meetup.com. They have Meetup groups in most cities. If there is somewhere you travel frequently, I’d recommend joining a meetup group that meets your interests in that city then you’ll always have a group to go out with!

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