When people think of exotic destinations around the world there is often the image of beautiful sunsets, gorgeous beaches, amazing food, and complete and utter relaxation. The average person only gets a couple weeks of the year to enjoy time at a holiday destination. Bed bugs will instantly turn a romantic holiday into a nightmare vacation overnight. Although bed bugs are more common in lower budget hotels and guesthouses, the high end posh resorts are not untouched. No matter where you are staying, it is important to do your own bed bug inspection before you sleep at night. Taking the right precautionary measures can ensure you prevent a bed bug episode before it happens. Although bed bugs are very common at the below destinations, one should keep in mind there is still a small chance that you will encounter them on your holiday. If you are careful you should be able to have a bed bug free vacation. Below are the top 5 exotic destinations that have bed bug infestations.
5. Byron Bay, Australia – Known for its surfing and partying among the young Australians and backpackers who are constantly frequenting it, Byron Bay is also notorious for bed bugs. Because this toxic mix of young backpackers who are often traveling up and down the Australian, they rate of bed bugs among the hostels and guests houses are quite high. If you are planning on staying in a hostel in Byron be sure to do a thorough inspection of the place beforehand and ask if they have had any recent outbreaks of bed bugs. With the constant turnover of people coming and going to Byron Bay, it is often best to stay at hotels and hostels that have a proactive approach to dealing with these bugs. For example, some backpacker hostels won’t allow bags in the room; this is to prevent the bugs from spreading from the backpacks into the carpeting and bed mattresses.
4. Buenos Aires, Argentina– Buenos Aires is one of the most beautiful cities in South America showcasing amazing Spanish architecture as well as a unique and thriving culture. However, there are increasing numbers of reports from travelers who visit this city and have encounters with bed bugs. A number of hotels have been reported to have bed bugs in the past. Although Buenos Aires is not the only South American city that is plagued by bed bugs, there is a growing number of reports coming from this city. Before you book your stay at a hotel or resort you should contact them about their policy regarding bed bugs. If a hotel has a proper policy in place, the risk of bed bugs can be mitigated quite substantially.
3. Kuta Bali, Indonesia – This tropical paradise was made famous as the final destination of Julia Roberts’s spiritual journey in the movie Eat, Pray, Love. Bali is celebrated for its gorgeous beaches that surround the island, often creating what is described as “surfer’s paradise.” Besides the perfect point breaks and endless sun that the island has to offer, Bali has a growing bed bug problem. Bed bugs made a home in this island many years ago when it started to become popular among the backpacker circuits. Given the fact that this is a must see for anyone traveling in the Southeast Asia region, it is not surprising that many guesthouses and hotels have had bed bug problems in the past. Before booking your next holiday to Bali you should look up your hotel or resorts history and see if they have had any recent bed bug outbreaks.
2. Amsterdam, Holland – One of the central cities in Europe, Amsterdam is known for its coffee shops that sell legalized marijuana and its red light district where men can fulfill their fantasies. However, bed bugs are becoming an increasing problem in this city because of constant influx of travelers that are coming and going. A quick scan through some of the hotels in Amsterdam on tripadvisor.com and you will see hundreds of bed bug reports in multiple hotels located throughout the city. Before traveling here you should make sure you read our guide on how to prevent bed bugs while traveling. You can view all of the most recent bed bug reports at our bedbugs.net Amsterdam registry.
1. Koh Phi Phi, Thailand – Made famous by the movie “the Beach” featuring Leonardo Di’caprio, this island is also known as the bed bug capital of Thailand. Due to the constant influx of backpackers and travelers coming and going there is an extremely high risk of bed bugs. If you haven’t pre-booked your accommodation package and our planning on finding a hotel on the island you should inspect every room first had to ensure you don’t see any signs of bed bugs. Never trust hotel manage or staff when they are trying to reassure you about the hotels cleanliness, always inspect for yourself. Before leaving for Koh Phi Phi be sure to look up the resort or guesthouse name in our bedbugs.net registry and see if they have any prior history of bed bugs that have been reported.