If you've been following my blog for awhile, you've seen the amazing places I've been so fortunate to visit. I get a lot of people asking, how did you travel for so long? How could you afford it? The places I've visited have been pretty unreal. I've snapped some incredible photos. Long term travel can easily be romanticized by way of wanderlust worthy photos. They key to afford long term travel (for me anyways) is prioritizing budget over luxury and putting experience over comfort. Upon realizing that world experience is a luxury, budget travel becomes second nature. Except when you are just dying for a hot shower or a comfortable bed. The following is a series of portraits of beds that I took while traveling. I find sleeping spaces to be so intimate and there were quite a few that left an impression on me while I'd leave my impression on the 'mattress,' (or wooden board). As you can see, there were varying degrees of comfort when it came to lodging. Rooms averaged around $25-35 USD/night dependent on the country.
I'd also like to point out that while some of these images look like decent rooms, looks can be deceiving. Probably about half of these either did not have a bathroom or shower (thanks Mongolia) or did not have hot water or water pressure (thanks India + Thailand). I guess you get what you pay for.