I have to travel for work a lot.
As someone who enjoys traveling, I love this aspect of my job. I’ve been working for the same company for 10 years now, and I consider myself an expert when it comes to traveling. Last week, my boss was so sick that he couldn’t make it into the office. He sent me an email saying I’d need to make my own travel arrangements for an upcoming business trip. I spent that afternoon buying my flight and booking a hotel. Our company has a connection with one hotel brand in particular, so I always stay with them when I’m traveling for business. I didn’t think twice when booking a room for 2 nights. As soon as I arrived at the hotel, I quickly realized I’d made a mistake. The receptionist informed me that the hotel was undergoing HVAC maintenance, and all rooms were without heat or air for the week. When I expressed my concern, she told me it’s been listed on their website for weeks. I consented to the room knowing there was HVAC maintenance going on when I made my reservation. All night long, I was sweltering hot. The air in my room felt suffocating, and I could hardly breath. I became so desperate that I opened the window to get some cool air. It stirred the hot air around slightly, and enabled me to fall asleep. When I woke the next morning, my room was significantly cooler, but my sinuses were draining now. The open window brought in pollen with the cool air, and my sinuses were paying. I will never book a room without looking at the website again.