I am miserable outside

Road trips are the best. Each year, a few of my college buddies and I pile into an SUV and hit the road searching for memories. We have traversed the United States from Maine to Los Angeles looking for a good food, fun things to do, and nice places to stay. We have a rule that we try, if possible, to avoid staying in any chain hotels or formulaic resorts. As such, we have stayed in hostels, motels, bed and breakfasts and even a few monasteries. This last summer, however, we learned a valuable lesson about travelling in the heat: make sure your lodging has air conditioning. Living in the 21st century, I tend to take air conditioning for granted and I am not in the habit of checking whether my potential accommodations will have an HVAC system. This proved to be a costly oversight. We chose a particular bed and breakfast because of its rustic architecture and off-the-grid feel. Never did we expect it would lack a cooling system. When we arrived we quickly discovered that summertime in the South can be just as miserable inside as it is outside. Our rooms were certainly rustic; it was like we had gone back to the 1920’s. They were hot and muggy without a thermostat to be found. Our only way of cooling off was to open the windows and hope for a cross breeze. While we did get an occasional breeze, the open windows ensured that we were pestered by mosquitos throughout the night. We got so tired of sweating and slapping away mosquitos that we ended up packing up our stuff at midnight and moving to a hotel with a central cooling system. A good air conditioner can make or break a road trip. Lesson learned.

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