This week, I’m in San Diego for work. Most homeowners probably won’t go away while renting out their spare bedroom. I, on the other hand, am comfortable with going away on work travel or vacation, leaving my roommates in my townhouse by themselves.
This isn’t the first time I’ve been on travel while I have roommates; I’ve been away numerous times. This trip to San Diego is a relative short one-week trip unlike my six-week vacation abroad.
However, this trip will be different because my place will be somewhat empty despite the fact I have two roommates. My one roommate is underway in the Navy performing some Ops out at sea and I don’t know when he will return (I sent him an e-mail, but his vessel surfaces periodically). My other roommate practically lives with her boyfriend only making guest appearance here and there. And with me on travel, that leaves my place nearly unoccupied.
Why do I feel secure leaving my place to my roommates?
This specific case, I really don’t have anything to worry about because no one is really around.
On past trips away from home what made me secure was when I interview prospective roommates, I explain that I travel and I need someone that I can trust. During this interview, I often ask question to see if the personality shows good judgment on their part. For example, I see if they have traveled on their own or if their parents trust them by themselves at their house. If there response to these types of questions shows assurance that other people can trust them, then it’s a bit re assuring that I can most likely trust them.
I also take it one step at a time. I don’t tell a new roommate, I am going away for a three week. Instead, I go away for a weekend to see how things go over without my presence. If things go well, I might go away for a long weekend or for an entire week. If I see something’s out of line when I come back, I simply remind them of what I expect.