I was lucky to book my Barbados holiday last year with a company that did not charge the dreaded single room supplement. My room was huge with king size bed. Could certainly have swung a cat in there, unlike some single rooms I’ve seen. I like Premier Inn and Travelodge because you are charged for the room so often get a double/family instead of a pokey single.
Don’t think a stranger would tolerate my snoring……
A pet subject of mine, but holiday companies need to recognise the rising number of single travellers. One person occupying a room is better than none at all.
Own room a must as have certain medical problems that require privacy, and wouldn’t it be nice if everywhere provided a small fridge for insulin rather than hotel kitchen fridge! or worse the bar fridge
I’m the same, I usually travel with friends in which case it’s not a problem but if I do travel alone, I like to make sure I have my own room. Although it’s great to meet new people, you just never know who you might get paired up with and I’m pretty grouchy if I don’t get a good night’s sleep
I’ve been single for a long time – and have done the room-sharing thing when I’ve had to, to save money. And once or twice, in hostels, I’ve managed a mixed dormitory (they were mostly young and too interested in each other to take any notice of me, so it was fine).
I’ve shared with snorers, and – once – with a woman with an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder who couldn’t cope with unless my toothbrush lined up with hers exactly etc, and then we went camping in a national park in Africa and it took her four hours before everything was just so and she could lie down – but I did manage to get my own tent, which sorted that.
Then I shared a room with a young woman who was a captain in the Irish Navy – she was fierce and fun and we became good friends. And I have a close friend that I travel with occasionally, and we always share – and it’s fine.
But if I’m travelling on my own I’ll share if it’s the only way to go somewhere, but will have a single room whenever possible these days. I’ve been alone for so long I’m used to doing things my way, and suspect I might not be easy to share with now!
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Some years ago I went on a holiday where the company arranged for singles to share with another single. The person I shared with was very pleasant but must have known that they had a snoring problem so that I hardly slept all holiday. There were no spare rooms so I had no choice but to remain in the room. The alternative of paying for single occupation was rather expensive.
However, on another occasion I shared with somebody else and had no problems so it can work out.
Now I won’t go on holiday unless I can have a room to myself and that way I can enjoy the holiday, be rested and be more relaxed when socialising.