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Women's Health (Malaysia) - - LOVE + LIFE -

SEE­ING A MOVIE SOLO

“I’ve been go­ing to movies alone since I was a cinephile teenager, and I still love it. It’s eas­ier to re­ally lose your­self in the ac­tion, plus you’re mak­ing all the de­ci­sions: Where to sit, whether to move if peo­ple are talk­ing or tex­ting. The best part is that you have time to mull over the movie by your­self af­ter­ward, with­out hear­ing some­one else’s take—or that they thought it sucked.” —Sara Ste­wart, film re­viewer at the New York Post

GO­ING TO A BAR ALONE

“It’s not un­usual for a woman to be at a bar, and if peo­ple do judge you, it’s their prob­lem. Look online for places that of­fer things you like—sports, trivia, in­ven­tive cock­tails—or cul­ti­vate a lo­cal spot. Find out your bar­tender’s name, tip well, and don’t get lost in your phone. Peo­ple sit­ting at a bar are look­ing for so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, and you never know when you’ll have a fas­ci­nat­ing en­counter.” —Sarah LM Men­goni, lead bar­tender at L.A.’S Dou­ble Take

TRAV­EL­ING BY YOUR­SELF

“When you’re on your own, it’s eas­ier to chat up strangers, and you never know where their ad­vice will take you. Just stay safe: Don’t re­veal to peo­ple you’ve just met that you’re trav­el­ing alone, keep an emer­gency credit card and cash sep­a­rate from your purse in case any­thing hap­pens to your wal­let, and scan your pass­port into your phone so you have a copy handy.” —Kris­ten Kel­logg, founder of the cre­ative agency Bor­der Free Trav­els

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