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Aidtime: How to Sleep When Sharing a Hotel Room With Your Parents?

Updated on May 8, 2020
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I'm an amateur traveler and writer that's obsessed with airplanes, Disney, Star Wars and buffet breakfasts. I hope you like what I write.

Spoiler alert: you don't.

At least for me, it pretty much happens like that: whenever my parents and I travel, I always prepare myself in advance not to sleep for the entirety of the trip and you know what? It actually works.

Somehow I manage to be able to use the excitement coming from the fact we are traveling to turn myself into a no sleep needing creature. And that, my friends, is my number one tip for you: convince yourself that because you'll be having loads of fun you do not need to sleep and we don't need that much sleep when something really exciting is about to happen. It's scientifically proved.

Don't check it, though.

My second, however no less important, tip is: go for three or four-day vacations, buddies.
Do you really need fifteen days? I bet you won't think so as soon as you realize you can't sleep because your father snores. Or your mother. Or both of them, if you're lucky.

Luckily for me, we're middle classes so we never go for really long vacations. Oof. And yey for not being rich.

The third tip, which is probably also the most obvious one, has to be recommending you to use earplugs. Yes, I am aware that if they're poor quality, you'll fall asleep with the lovely sound of your beating heart pounding inside your skull. However, there are advantages in that:


  1. You'll know you're alive
  2. The chances of a good night sleep will rise a bit (still, don't be too hopeful)
  3. Do you actually prefer the sound of your progenitor's snoring over your heart? I'm sorry, but that's a bit cringe.


As for the fourth tip, that won't be a problem if you're not on restrictive budgets, then simply convince your parents to get you a room for yourself. Apart from death threats, every other method is available, and remember that they don't have to know that you failed all your college exams. Not right before their vacation. You'll have time to disappoint them when you come back home.

But personally, been there, done that, don't recommend that unless you're okay with strange noises keeping you up at night or drunk and confused foreign people trying to get into your room.

As my fifth tip, and sadly last, I pretty much just advise you to get a job and travel alone. But be aware that you won't have, whatsoever, as many memories to hold on to. Parents snore, yes, but they can be a pretty good company too. Moreover, they'll probably pay for your food.

No Sleep vs Free Food

You choose. But choose wisely, I beg you.

I, myself, am still on a mission to find an effective measure to have proper nights whenever I travel. Meanwhile, let's, us, people who share hotel rooms with their parents, enjoy this quarantine to catch up with all that sleep that we won't be gifted with when we finally get to go out and travel again.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Patricia Marques

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      I hope that in spite of the sleep issues, you enjoy your trips away.

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