Home » Blog » Travel Advice » The Good with the Bad: An Encounter with Bed Bugs

The Good with the Bad: An Encounter with Bed Bugs

Last updated : June 2nd, 2019

Disclosure: This blog may contain affiliate links. But dont worry, this is at no extra cost to you and we only recommend products or services we know and love!

Whille travelling, especially backpacking on a budget, somethings go right and somethings go wrong. This is a story of a bad situation only made worse with bed bugs on only day two of our Latin American trip! This is what happened, and how we dealt with it.

The Good with the Bad: An Encounter with Bed Bugs

It was only day two in South America and we were already having visa issues. We tried to get into Argentina but found out the hard way that we need to first pay a fee online, but the website was down! We thought we would get a good night sleep and try the website again in the morning.

Related Read:   The truth about hostels (and why I still love them)

At 5:30 am and I started to wake up after some noise in our dorm room and then I feel what seems like bugs are crawling on me.  At first, I shrugged it off, but it kept happening so I opened my eyes and turned the light on and then saw bed bugs crawling all over me!

Lucky for me, bugs don’t tend to weird me out so I casually flicked them off and I considered going back to sleep (I mean it was 5:30 and I really couldn’t be bothered) but then I thought “shit, Bailey is asleep in the bed above me” so I climbed up to wake her up just in case she was getting eaten like me.

At first, we didn’t spot any in her bed, but we both got up anyway and packed up our stuff to leave the room as quickly as possible.  We had no idea how many bites we got as bed bugs bites tend to show up after some time, sometimes it takes days.

For those who don’t know, bed bugs leave a red bite mark which is really itchy and lasts about two weeks.

Related Read:   My Truth about Long Term Travel

We were then stuck in Brazil with no way of knowing when the website will be back online so we couldn’t get the bus to Argentina.

With little sleep and no idea where we would stay that night we started walking around looking for a new hostel (one ideally without bed bugs.) We found a nice new looking hostel called Tetris, it was made out of sea containers and had good reviews online so we asked if they had beds available and then told them that we would be back with our bags to check in.

When we made it back to our original hostel to get our bags and go, I decided to check the website one last time, and it was up and running! Within 5 minutes we were walking to the bus station to visit Argentina.

After deciding on a hostel, we checked in and jumped straight into the pool. After a short swim, I hopped out and began to feel itchy. As I scanned my body I started to notice red bumps all over my arms, shoulders, and stomach – the bloody bed bugs absolutely mauled me! I had 70+ bites, all itchy and bright red! Not the best way to start a trip, the only positive was that Bailey had no bites as it seems they all went for me.

Related Read:   Robbed in Brazil - How Travel Changed 

Welcome to the life of a backpacker.  People always see the nice photos on Facebook and all the amazing experiences but there’s another side to it.  It’s something you have to embrace and do it with a smile because it won’t always be a perfect day. You’re not in a resort with everything pre-planned and worked out. Backpacking is about improvisation and laughing at all the shit that goes wrong, if you can do that then your trip will truly be the best time of your life.


Like it? Pin it! Click here!

About the Author - destinationlesstravel

We are Dan and Bailey, just your typical thrill-seeking travelers! You will likely find us hiking, scuba diving, catching public transport, or just drinking beer at a hostel.

One Reply to “The Good with the Bad: An Encounter with Bed Bugs”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *