Travel Trials: My Cousin Wants To Stay In My Hotel Room For Free

March 25, 2016  |  

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(As Relayed To Lauren R.D. Fox)

Last year, my cousin Anais sent out the save-the-dates for her wedding. Aside from detailing the time and date of the wedding, it also noted that she and her fiancé’s were to be wed in Medellin, Colombia.

I, along, with our cousins were excited to celebrate the next stage of her life and immediately started planning our travel accommodations. As months inched towards her wedding date, we created a travel itinerary for ourselves so we could explore the Colombian city a few days before the wedding festivities began.

When we arrived in Colombia, I received a WhatsApp message from Tracy, a first, but distant, cousin of Anais and I. Although Tracy is the sweetest person you’ll ever meet, she’s a bit flighty and known to not be reliable. In her message, Tracy told me she’s been backpacking throughout South America and made it to Medellin just in time to celebrate Anais’ wedding.

Unfortunately, she didn’t have a place to stay and wanted to know if she could stay with me. Tracy was also honest enough to tell me that she didn’t have any money to contribute towards my hotel room. To earn money she sells jewelry and she’d spent the majority of her income traveling to the wedding.

Although I had more than enough room and Tracy is family, I didn’t want her in my space. Tracy can be extremely disorganized and if she didn’t have money for a hotel room, I knew I would (most likely) also have to pay for her to participate in our family tours, and maybe even eat. I don’t want to leave my cousin stranded but I also don’t think it’s fair she put me in this situation?

Should I allow Tracy to stay with me or leave her stranded in Medellin?

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