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I’ve always had good roommates, often we would go back together around the same time, but there is luck involved in that. But at some places you’ll get 2 keys or you can rig the door (B&B types of places) so they’re not necessarily bothering you. You’ll be so tired most nights that unless your roommate gets into bed with you, you probably wont notice them. Unless your a super light sleeper.
In the end, it’s up to you, it’s a good amount of money for the possibility that you might get woken up a couple times.
I was on my own in London and people don’t think to invite you along.
In Paris I had a roommate who wasn’t into going out, so it’s the luck of the draw. I say share a room.
I hate to say it but I think that if you have a single room you might find yourself left out, especially if you don’t go out at night either. It is luck of the draw with roommates though, but if you get a good one it’s great and if not you just deal with it.
I would say the single room would be a good idea. I have done 2 contiki tours already. And would say its worth it. While in Europe our room mates changed every night. That didnt bother me but trying to figure out whos your room mate is a daunting task and of course different personalities . The second tour I had was NZ but my brother came along. So there was no issue there.
I did a tour last summer- at age 30 I was one of the oldest on the tour, and having experience with roommates and knowing my personality (similar to what you say yours is), I was very happy to have gotten a single room.
I did not feel left out- as a matter of fact, the few times I stayed home when everyone else went to party I was asked to come along. But I also made a lot of effort in the beginning to meet everyone, and even switched my seat around on the first few coach rides to make sure everyone knew me and vice versa.
There was definitely one guy on my trip who ended up disliking his roommate, and probably would have been better off paying for his single.
But honestly, not being left out is going to depend on you and your outgoingness. Plenty of folks with roommates did get a little bit left out on my trip, because they didn’t put themselves out there.
I’ll feel like a toolie on my tour (and I’m in ed). In my own conclusion, you should let yr hair down. I’m doing a tour, a single guy, no family, and from advise of others that did the same tour – you’ll be sharing with all sorts/ part of the adventure. ENJOY – LET YR HAIR DOWN (so to speak)
Last year I paid for a single supplement and loved it because I could spend time socializing/partying with everyone and when I wanted alone time, I just had to go to my room. We were also on a week long cruise though where the cruise spends a lot of time at sea – perfect time to catch up on sleep!
That being said, I agree that you have to work harder to stay involved with everyone because they don’t think to hunt you down to invite you out.
This year on my tour I decided to save the money and not pay for the single supplement, so hopefully I have a good roommate!
hey guys, im having the same probs!!!! I’m not sure whether to share a room or not……..C-jade I feel your pain. This is my first contiki and I have no idea what to do about the booking. Then there’s price, Im in South Africa so paying an extra 50pounds is like super much for me…….
I want my first contiki experience to be fun so what should we do!!!!
Save your $ and meet a new friend. Most likely they will also try to be very considerate as well. It’s just a matter of communication. But if you’re really at severe odds, then ask your TM for a new roommate.
C Jade. I am leaving on the Ultimate European in a little over 4 weeks and pondered this very question.
I’m 35 and not much of a drinker or partier either but on the other hand I have never been much of a socialiser too. I chose to save the cash and put myself out there and force myself to accept change. Also bed time is a third of your day, there’s is plenty of other time if you need to be alone which I’m sure I would be taking advantage of.
Good luck with your decision
Currently two thirds through the Ultimate European trip I say if you can afford the single room supplement, do it. I have been sharing with two three and sometimes four other people on this concept tour and we get one room key in most places. Good luck having room mates that do exactly what you do and get back to the room when you do. We have had a lot of door rigging, key hiding and window jumping. I wish I’d paid the little bit extra. But as I mentioned before I’m not much of a social person either I’m just here to see Europe. Everyones different
if you are an outgoing person, and if you have the money, do it. it’s nice to have that quiet in the morning or the evening, and do things on your own pace. I say outgoing bc if you make friends easily, then you’ll be talking to people and you won’t be left out in plans :-). If you aren’t very talkative and you don’t want to be left out, then get a roommate.
Also single rooms can come in handy, if you know what I mean! :-)
If I were to go again I would book a single room.
On my last tour I ended up with the room mate from hell. He was extremely quiet and very withdrawn and never mixed in.
He got to the bathroom first, used all the towels, left dirty tissues on the bathroom sink, left excrament on the toilet seat and footprints high up on the wall beside the toilet. He never flushed the toilet either. He washed his socks and underwear each night and left them hanging from coathangers on the air conditioner vents.
This guy was so quiet he was always first in the room and last to leave. When he went to the bathroom he took his bags in with him. He switched lights off when I was still up. On some nights he had nightmares and talks in his sleep.
Towards the end of the tour this guy became the subject of jokes from all the guys based on a bathroom incident where he tried to hide from the others in our group that entered the bathroom after him.
To be honest it was a horrible experience I dont want to happen again.
I havent mentioned names or tours, but all this did happen.
The above example sounds like a rare example of things gone bad. One way to avoid that issue is to get a triple share. This saves you even more money and chances are that both roommates won’t be horrible.
Yes indeed, I’ve always had shared accomodations and never encountered a roommate that inconsiderate – all were within the bounds of “normal”. This individual is definitely the rare exception and some actions i would deem as unacceptable behavior and should not be tolerated.
I did report my room mate above to the manager. I was lucky to only have him for 5 nights.
What makes things worst is that this guy did not get on with his previous room mate and the problem one is the one that asked to swap. The manager approached me and asked if I would share and I agrred as the guy seemed decent.
It wasnt until after he moved in that I became aware of a problem and the first room mate of his confirmed all the same horror stories of living with him.
I have done three tours, the first two I shared a room and the last one I did I could afford a single room. On my first tour, my room mate was a chronic snorer, so unless I was in bed and asleep before her, there was no way I could get to sleep when she started snoring. The second tour, my room mate enjoyed late nights and would often come home late. We only had one room key, so she would have to wake me up to let her in. I opted for a single room on my third tour and really enjoyed having my own space. I was not left out, I just made sure I interacted with everyone during meal times and on the bus so I could be kept in the loop with socialising. I’m not a big partier, but still like to have fun, but I can gaurentee there are going to be some nights where you just want to get a good nights sleep, so a single room is good for that. I guess it depends on what type of experience you want to have, but I’m glad I paid extra for a single room.
Bring ear plugs just in case you get a snorer.
Sutho, I came back from a tour recently, and I might have shared a room with that same guy you’re talking about, LOL
I’m joking of course, but I agree 100% that next time, I’m getting a single room. I won’t go into too much detail, but he was a weirdo that most people on the tour tried to avoid. To avoid being associatd with him, I had to make it clear to others that he’s my roommate, not my friend, I had no choice here, and we did not know each other before the tour, LOL!
Seriously though, I hated having to tiptoe around the room or fumble in the dark for things when/if I woke up before he did. On top of that, he was often in bed early; there never was a night when I was home before 1 AM.
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