But I know I am because I have been living in a mild state of misery for over a month and a half and made it through. The discomfort wasn't really due to budget traveling, though. I was house sitting in an extremely (physically and spiritually) uncomfortable house. Unfortunately it turned out to be a rather negative experience, and costly in many ways. See House Sitting the Evil House.
But I think any budget traveler can relate. You spend so long without comforts and you don't think you miss them until you have them. Then wow - it's such luxury!!!
That's something that surfaces from time to time and I have always enjoyed it. You make do with so much less, that you really really appreciate even small things like clean laundry or a cold drink so much more than you do in a regular 9-5 life.
Keeping the insects out of my food an off my body was impossible. It was a steady routine of swat, swoosh, slap. I dreaded evening and nighttime since there was nowhere to hide from getting eaten by the bugs. No mosquito net for the bed, no screens on the windows. I just now thought I felt something on my leg and quickly went to brush it off. It was just the cord from my laptop - not a no-see-um or mosquito or jumping spider like I've been used to! It just made me realize what a constant state of discomfort I've been in.
So that's the state I've been living in and now I'm here in this hotel reflecting on it and it all seems so much worse! LOL Actually that's not entirely true since I did call my boyfriend in tears more than once. Again, a lot of that had to do with the house itself and not the lack of western amenities. I'm convinced that i'm still a brutal budget traveler!
I just picked up my light jacket (the one that had the giant creepy insect down the back of it, leaving me still traumatized) off the bed and realized that I didn't have to worry about something crawling out of it.
I have a kettle and instant coffee, drinking water, a fridge, and a giant bug-free bed. Did I tell you how clean I feel?!? I am going to really enjoy the next 4 nights here. :)
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