Travelling is not always comfortable. Especially if you travel on a budget, and cannot always afford the best accommodations. Or the situation just do not let you have a good place to sleep. Here are the five worst places I have slept during my trips.
5. The hotel with bloody walls – Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
The first trip my husband and I took together was to the Iguazu Falls. We did not have much money, and travelled on budget. We took the bus for over 24 hours from Bolivia on a bumpy road, in the most uncomfortable bus. When we arrived to Ciudad del Este it was starting to get dark. We did not have any hotel reservation, and we asked some locals for a cheap and “good” hotel. They pointed us in one direction, and we went walking fast as we found ourself in a red zone.
When we arrived, the hotel room was so dirty, and full of bugs. But the worst was maybe that the walls were full of blood. We just had to take it. After check in we wanted to check our emails and headed for an internet café right beside the hotel. “I am closing now” the guy in the internet café said (the time was 6.30). Please, just five minutes to say we arrived safe to our family at home. “If you want to be robbed with guns, I will let you in”, he answered. “But I really do not want that”, he continued. So we went, understanding that it was not safe to be outside at this time in this area. Instead, we went to buy some drinks in a small store (kiosk) right with the hotel. Outside there was two men with machine guns watching the store. We understood that this was not a safe area at all. And just wanted to go to the hotel again. We bought some beers and agreed we had to be drunk for manage to sleep inside there. So we drank some drinks, for not notice how bad the room actually was.
4. The many airports – Around the world
Many times I had to sleep on airports, due to waiting on connecting flights. Often I have been alone, being worried about my luggage. It is not comfortable, but sometimes you just cannot give you the pleasure of taking a taxi and checking in to a hotel, due to that you are travelling on a budget.
3. The room with hundreds of insects – India
In India when I was volunteering, I had a small room in the countryside. Every night there were hundreds of new insects, depending on the climate. In the night there were no light, and I just felt the insects crawling around on my body, or hearing them flying in the air. I was not able to see them due to lack of light, and there were many nighta I did not manage to sleep due to these insects.
2. Sleeping in tent in 30 minus degrees – Hovden, Norway
When I was volunteering with the Red Cross, I had to sleep outside during a trip in tent when it was 30 minus degrees outside. It was a very cold night, as my sleeping bag was not the warmest for this temperature.
1. In the bar – Jos, Nigeria
In Nigeria, due to the armed conflict there are no public transport allowed between 6 PM to 7 AM, as they are afraid of bombs. When I was there a friend and I went out dancing. When we wanted to go home around midnight, there was no way to get home. So there was no other option than to sleep in the bar. Maybe better because at home where I was living the house was full of rats.
But what I have learned from all of this and other “bad” situations that have happened to me while travelling, is that it might not be so fun when it happens, but afterwards it becomes a funny story. Also you appriciate very well a good comfortable bed after nights like this. So in the end I am very happy I had all of these experiences.
Where is the worst place(s) you have slept while on travel?