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Traveling for She-roes: Be the Ultimate Travel Buddy
We have all been there. Whether a girl's weekend or a work related conference, there are times we find ourselves sharing space with a coworker and pondering the thought, "what was I thinking?". It could be their penchant for watching TV nonstop or the fact that they snore like a lumberjack. Whatever the issue, I have had that moment where I have thought, make the insanity stop! While we all have our individual quirks and idiosyncrasies, traveling with others requires a certain diplomacy...at least it does if you wish for the relationship to survive the trip!
Truth: Friends don't let friends go without earplugs!
In your quest for a minimally stressful trip, I recommend the following suggestions. You will be amazed at how far they go to create a happy temporary home!
How to pick your roomates
I must admit there will be trial and error in this process. I spent may years working out my "dream roomies", who I have now locked in for my work trips. This amazing trio of boss babes are a perfect fit for me. We have officially decided ours is a permanent arrangement. It is effortless, easy and fun. Our newest roomate, taking the last open spot, said "You move like clockwork", referring to the ease of our morning routine. Its just that simple. I honestly look forward to the time together as much as the trip, and I am grateful for that.
10 Dos and Don't for a Successful Trip with the Girls:
- Be on time to pick them up or ready to be picked up on time. Nothing starts you off on the wrong foot like a late start! Plan for traffic and get there early!
- Clean your car before the trip. No one wants to travel in a junkyard. Stock with tissues, snacks, water.
- Be sure tank is full of gas and car is in good repair. Of course, the unexpected can't be prevented but low oil, low air in tires and the like are easy to remedy.
- Earplugs prevent stressful mornings!! Odds are that someone will snore, and NOTHING create friction quicker that tired people! Traveling is tiring and you need your sleep! I recommend always traveling with a pair and bringing extra..especially if you are the "offender". I have been know to "offend" at times, so I also bring an assortment of allergy meds, sprays etc. I want my sleep too!
- Bring cash for the room, tipping, transportation: Nothing gets old quicker than someone that can't pay their part. Cash makes life easier in cabs, restaraunts, etc. Keep track of anything owed by writing it down. If staying in a room together, decide ahead of time whose credit card will be hold for incidentals for there are no surprises at check in. Debit cards are not preferred. If they use this, it might be best to have them withdraw cash and just pay you.
- Proper gratuities should be shared equally. This is what I was taught: $1-2 per bag to bellman, shuttle drivers. $2 per day for housekeeping, 12-20% (although I usually give 20%) for servers. If a friend offers to pay for dinner, offer to pay your part gracefully, or at least the tip. Pull your weight or you won't be along for the fun next time!
- Be clean: Keep your belongings confined to an area and picked up. No one likes a slob, especially a neat freak. You never know what personalities you are traveling with so keep it clean!
- One word.. Poopouri. See below.
- Decide ahead what the am schedule is and set your own alarm. Everyone has a different morning routine. Figure out who takes the longest and plan accordingly.
- Silence can be golden. If you roomie is reading or enjoying quiet time when you enter, respect that and continue to observe that! They may be an introvert who really need that to recharge.
Choose and be chosen.
So choose a roomate for your next trip, but before you do..be sure you are the one to pick! Check your dos and don't and your p's and q's. You never know where it may take you!
© 2018 Megan Swope