Single room vs. Roommate

As a solo traveler, do you prefer a single room or ask to be paired with a roommate? Why?

  • In reply to sandy94538011157:

    I, too, like having a roommate ... as long as they don't snore. I'm a light sleeper, and if I can't sleep, my days are ruined. I wish there were a way to designate "non-snorers only"!
  • In reply to need_to_sell021728:

    Only problem is, many who snore aren't even aware that they do so. So someone may assert that they do not
    snore, unaware of the fact that they DO snore.
  • In reply to larrylobo42010500:

    I agree someone might not know they snore. People who never snored in their life can start due to any number of reasons - a new medication, getting a little heavier or even just getting a little older. And they won't know until they're sharing a room already and it's too late. So I recommend everyone download an app to find out. I like SnoreClock, a free app that records you at night so you can hear first hand whether you snore and even if you might have sleep apnea.
  • In reply to djbishop011418:

    What a great idea!
  • I would cinsider a roommate if Road Scholar would make sure they were a nonsmoker. However when I asked, the staff said they will not ask.
  • In reply to ruth011709:

    As I remember, the one time that I signed up for a double allowing RS to assign a roommate, I was asked whether I was smoker. Many of the hotels that RS uses are nonsmoking facilities, even some of those abroad. I expect if you asked a different RS rep you would get a different answer.
  • In reply to need_to_sell021728:

    As another light sleeper, I offer 2 words: ear plugs!
  • Personally, I would never take pot luck on a roommate I didn't know. I figure if I can't afford the SS (although it galls me to pay it) then I just won't go. I'm a light sleeper and if anyone snores (and most people do it seems) then I can't sleep. I use earplugs and sound apps on my iPhone but that doesn't always work. Finally, I don't think anyone snores should subject someone else to their noise. They definitely should get a single room. (Note: And although I love RS, Overseas Adventure Travel doesn't charge a SS on most of their trips if you reserve early enough.)
  • In reply to dnjg2001030843:

    They don’t let you know. You find out onsite when your roommate doesn’t materialize. I think they want to-keep their options open in the event someone signs up at the last minute.
  • In reply to onlyoneman012915:

    I've tried both ways. I tend to prefer a single, even given the additional cost. That said, I really enjoyed the bunk mate I had on a RS trip to CR, and certainly became closer to her than if we had had singles. Very glad that there are other people who travel alone!
  • Even if I wanted to, I don't think I could cope with having a roommate. I tend to stay up later than most people and need to read in order to fall asleep. Even when I have shared a b & b room with my sister, I have lost hours of sleep. I defer to her and turn the light out early. Then if I can't sleep and can't turn on the light and read (as I would do if I were alone), I might be awake for two hours or more, and it's torture just to lie there not being able to fall asleep. With a stranger, I think this would be even more the case.

    Besides, as others have noted, one needs one's privacy after a whole day of being with other people, which can be strenuous if one is of an introverted nature.
  • Single. For the same reasons so many others have stated here: Privacy, need to wind down after a busy day, staying up later than most, etc. etc. But most of all because if I room with a stranger (or an acquaintance), it could possibly ruin my entire trip! Several years ago (on a non-RS trip) I agreed to room with a woman I only knew a little, and turned out she was a smoker! I didn't know that and she had not told me, and we ended up having a heated argument. Eventually she agreed not to smoke in the room, but I still think she did at times when I was not there. After that experience, no more roommates for me! Unless they are my sister. Or my husband if I had one.
    Two years ago I had a big birthday and wanted to celebrate by taking a cruise to Alaska. But when I discovered that I would have to pay twice the advertised price for my cabin, I made a 180 degree turn and decided to to with RS to Cuba instead! And that was how I discovered RS, and how great they are. I had to pay a little extra for a single room, but only about 10% more. Which I considered a bargain after realizing that taking a cruise solo would be 100% more! I don't do cruises now, for that reason.
    In a few months I'm going on my second RS trip, to Costa Rica. One reason I picked CR is that they were offering single rooms at no extra cost! Like so many others on this forum, I wish more RS trips would do that. I'd be willing to pay a little extra for a single room, maybe 10% so so. But no more than that.
  • In reply to lenahollmann041600:

    I too seldom cruise because of the high solo supplement. I like that OAT offers a limited number of spots for no-supplement solos on every trip, but you have to grab them fast. I am taking a Croatia cruise with RS that offered free solos. Hopefully I'm not next to the engine room!
  • In reply to lenahollmann041600:

    Another RS trip that charges no single supplement is the Scotland trip that goes to the Aigas Field Center near Inverness. It was a marvelous trip and quite reasonable.
  • In reply to lenahollmann041600:

    I don't really mind paying a single supplement, as long as it's not exhorbitant. I DO object, however, to paying a single supplement and being put into sub-standard accomodations. That has happened to me too many times on RS trips.