You're travelling for a long time and you're on a budget. That means staying at cheap hotels. In places with no standards of quality. Though a room might look nice, it could have problems that might become unbearable later on.
So, before saying "I'll take it," check for these potential pests.
You're on holiday. You don't want to be woken up at 7 by jackhammers and power saws. Also ask if there are constructions nearby.
At night this will be an issue. Especially in the toilet.
Unless you like showering under a trickle, check if the spouts spurt with power.
Indispensable in areas with malaria and dengue fever. Also a plus if you don't like that high-pitched buzzing in your ears.
These are tough to spot, but pull back the sheets and check under the mattress. If you see crawlies, forget about it.
Always nice to have, even if you bring your own.
And do they block sunlight sufficiently? A must for late sleepers.
This one is for the girls. Look around for perv-o-scopes, especially inside the bathroom.
If so, how much does it cost? A few hours more could be a heavenly refuge from waiting at a stifling bus station.
If you want to pay with plastic, make sure their terminal is functional. I've been in hotels with VISA stickers and assumed I could charge it, only to find out it was broken. Result: another damned ATM service fee and lost time.
Behind the Backpack
Roberto Rocha traded a job in technology journalism to a one-year world trip, surrounding himself with fruits and nuts instead of Apples. He's originally from Brazil but has settled in Montreal, Canada , where, miraculously, he still prefers soccer over hockey. He lives and travels with his girlfriend Bianca.
The primary rule of travel, as immutable as the laws of physics, can be thus rendered: wherever there are tourists, there will be hucksters. They misdirect you to bad attractions. They over-charge your for services or souvenirs.
Keep an eye out for these 6 scams in Laos, Egypt, India, Italy, Cambodia and South East Asia.