The 5 most important things I learnt as a backpacker...#2 I can sleep anywhere!
Meet Lizzy, our Resident Backpacker Extraordinaire! Her passion in life is backpacking, amongst other things, but the others aren't nearly as interesting! She has travelled on and off for the past 10 years, lived in 5 different countries, and visited over 35 countries across South, Central, and North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. She now lives in Montreal, Canada with her partner where she constantly confuses the French word for ‘maybe ’for the word for ‘potato’ and plans her next big trip.
This is Lizzy's Second blog post from the series “The 5 most important things I learnt as a backpacker” you can also check out her first post “#1 Travel Light” ...
I’ve slept in train stations, airports, camper vans, cars, hotel rooms with complete strangers, and even stayed up all night in an effort to save money on accommodation.
I once stayed in a hotel where my bed was a bale of hay with a sheet over it. I have to admit I spent a good hour wondering if the sound I was hearing was the straw moving or the animals inside the straw moving.
I once stayed in A hotel room in Lima where I found a live turtle under my bed, to which the hotel reception remarked ‘that happens’!
In a hotel in Honduras I was attacked by a bat in my sleep, and then proceeded to shock the reception by complaining about the flying rat in my room!
I’ve stayed in everything from shacks on the beach to 5 star hotels, in strangers lounge rooms and in their basements (which I don’t care how nice they are, is creepy), I’ve stayed in Hotel rooms guarded by extremely aggressive monkeys that chased me every time I left or entered. I’ve also snuck out of dorm rooms in the middle of the night in an effort to escape other backpackers (sorry).
But in all my travels I can say that I have never once felt unsafe in any place I have stayed (okay, maybe with the monkeys, and train stations don’t count), and to be honest the strangest places I have stayed have been the most enjoyable.
If you prefer not to live on the edge like me, best ask Student Flights to help you arrange your accommodation before or even during your trip!
Make a comment below and tell us about the strange places you have slept!! You can also call Student Flights on 1800 046 462 to speak to a consultant or visit www.studentflights.com.au.