The Art of...
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