The first time I ever had a roommate other than my sister, was when I was 13 years old and went off to boarding school. All I knew about her was her name and that she was from Maryland. My main source of anxiety centered around personal space and privacy, something I won’t have to worry about when I travel to London to meet up with four other female travelers. We’ll be relaxing in a spacious well-appointed apartment provided by Go with Oh!
Back in my boarding school days I knew a stranger and I would be sharing some small sterile space, so far removed from what we called home. I knew we’d be in that tight room for four months and it would take a little time for us to make it cozy. Privacy was nil and we had never had a conversation with each other. A dozen (plus) years, roommates, and conversations later, I have a pretty good idea what to look for in what I’d call an ideal travel roommate.
First off, it’s unrealistic to think you’re going to find a roommate that’s a clone of yourself. We’re all very different types of travelers. Even my best friend and I set ground rules before we take a trip with each other. Well, I wouldn’t call them rules, but more like, understandings. Some of the things we discuss are:
- going off on our own to explore (specifically, if we’re not in agreement about an activity)
- personal must-do or must-see activities
- shower times (she prefers evenings, I prefer mornings)
- night time noise (radio or television)
- contingency plan for snoring
In general, the most important parts of sharing the space are the bedroom and the bathroom. What I like about the Go with Oh! apartment that I’ll be staying at with my London roomies is that there’s plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms for 5 women to share so that we won’t be stepping on each other’s toes. Plus, at some point before our trip, the 5 of us will have spoken together or even met in person.
Here are five suggestions I’d recommend when looking for the ideal travel roommate:
- Be Communicative – Be upfront but respectful. If you’re a light snorer (uhummm), let people know.
- Stay Open-minded – It’s okay to do you but why not step outside the box just this once?
- Practice cleanliness – Cleanliness is next to Godliness…enough said.
- Display Basic Manners/ Be courteous – Treat others as you’d like to be treated.
- Have fun – Your time is short, so why not keep it sweet?
I’m looking forward to returning to London and hanging with these ladies while practicing what I preach at our Go with Oh! London digs.
Here is an updated bit of advice that I lend in this video replay:
April D. Thompson says
Boy do I have a horror story for my first room mate experience in college. (Will save that one for another day.) Not expecting any problems with this crew, especially in this space. Just wish the date would hurry and get here!
I have so many stories I could’ve told over the years. I should’ve kept a memoir…oh, I had I known. We’ll definitely have to swap stories.
I’m so excited! Looks like we’ll be trading roommate horror stories…LOL…and creating fabulous memories to boot!
Ha! I’ve been lucky – so far – in not really having any nightmare stories with roomies (I hope those roomies can say the same!!). Looking forward to our time in London! Never roomed with so many women before, so this will be interesting for sure! Love adventures!