To Share or Not to Share?
Lately I’ve been hearing a lot more conversation about everyone’s budget being tight and people looking for ways to economize. Both schools and companies seem to be more intently focused on the trend of spending their limited budgets wisely. With rising airline and hotel room prices, this seems to be especially true when making travel choices.
Just recently I had a discussion with my niece about getting away for a weekend adventure and when booking the hotel room, we decided to share a room rather than book separate accommodations. The choice was pretty simple because we know we are “travel compatible” and wanted as much money within our budget as possible for as many “fun” activities as we could cram into one weekend.
This idea of room sharing was brought up during our January board of directors meeting by our secretary, Dr. Toni Repetti. The discussion that followed centered on the very idea that having the option of sharing hotel room accommodations and costs might just make the difference between someone being able to afford to attend conference. Over the past few months, Dr. Repetti has been working with Amie Grayson in the ICHRIE office to make this option of room sharing at conference a reality.
I’m happy to report that for the annual conference being held this July in Baltimore, ICHRIE is offering attendees a way to share hotel accommodations. Under the members’ portal of the ICHRIE website, we’ve set up a discussion to find potential room sharing partners. The discussion forum is "Looking for a Roommate" under the '2017 Conference Room Share' grouping. You can use this forum to find a room or request a roommate, to post your interest (have a room and want a roommate) or (need a room and a roommate) along with contact information. It is the members’ responsibility to handle all logistics. This forum is only being set up as a convenience for our members, so ICHRIE will not be moderating or pairing any interested parties.
For the Baltimore conference, I am participating in the room sharing option. I am travel compatible with my roommate and sharing a room will definitely enrich the overall conference experience in a very good way. I have no doubt that the room we will be sharing will give us the opportunity to catch up with each other’s lives and will most definitely be filled with much laughter.
I know that the idea of sharing a hotel room isn’t for everyone, but the cost savings could be enormous and for some people it will enable them to afford to attend. I encourage everyone who is planning to come to this year’s annual conference being held in Baltimore to consider this option and to agree to participate. The decision to share or not to share could lead to some interesting insights about ourselves and others about the idea of being travel compatible. Come join us for a great conference and create new stories we will be able to tell!