Monthly Archives: January 2013

Monday Travel Update – Let the Bed Bugs Bite Edition

Posted by on January 28, 2013

Bed bug bites on my elbow. Not the best photo, I know.

After an almost 6 year unbroken streak of traveling and avoiding bed bugs, my luck ran out last week in Liberia, Costa Rica. The hostel I stayed at (which also had the distinction of being the only place I’ve stayed at in 6 years that had electricity but didn’t have hot water) had bed bugs, which left my arms and legs with a large number of pimple-like, itchy bumps. I’ve been showering several times a day since then in a paranoid attempt to get anything which might still be on my body off of me. The itching has mostly died down now, but for a while it really sucked.

While not life threatening or dangerous, bed bugs are really annoying and I have no desire to have them again.

Help Eliminate Pretentious Travel Douchebag Syndrome

Posted by on January 26, 2013

You have probably met them.

They get back from a semester of study abroad or their 2-week vacation in Europe and all they can talk about is where they’ve just been.

Talking about it isn’t so bad, but they somehow manage to drop the fact that they’ve just been abroad into every single conversation.

..and it isn’t just the fact that they constantly mention it, but they also have to repeatedly mention how great it was.

You: This is a good hamburger.

Them: I guess. It isn’t as good as the hamburgers they have in Paris. Those are the best in the world!

You: *Roll your eyes*

They suffer from PTDS (Pretentious Travel Douchebag Syndrome). They just got back and they feel the need tell everyone they meet how much better things are “over there” and somehow bring every conversation around to talking about their recent trip.