Tourist’s sneaky trick to get free night’s sleep at airport has people divided

A TRAVELER has spoken of his delight at packing a certain item that gave him a free night’s sleep when all the hotels in the city were booked.

While backpacking Central and South America, the tourist was out of luck after missing a nine-hour overnight bus to El Salvador.

Traveler set up his hammock at Guatemala airport and got a free night's sleep

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Traveler set up his hammock at Guatemala airport and got a free night’s sleepPhoto credit: Reddit/kilo6ronen

In search of accommodation, the tourist, traveling with only a backpack, was left without a bed, since all the hotels and hostels they tried had no vacancies.

However, they had prepared for their trip and packed a hammock in their bag.

Instead of taking the actual night bus, they booked a flight for the next day and set up their hammock at the Guatemala airport, saving them a night on the airport floor.

They shared a picture along with their story with a post on the Onebag Reddit forum for people who like to travel light, just with a backpack.

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They wrote: “I wasn’t sure it was worth the space to take my travel hammock on my backpacking trip to Central/South America – over 2.5 months – so far I’ve hung it up less than 5 times.

“Today I was supposed to take a 3-hour shuttle back to Guatemala City, from where I would then take a 9-hour bus to El Salvador.

“The shuttle was delayed by traffic, I missed the bus to El Salvador, lost my AirPods, and every hostel and hotel in town was booked for reasons I don’t know.

“I ended up booking a flight to El Salvador for tomorrow instead and considering the size and lack of sleep friendly facilities at the airport – we sleep well tonight

“I wasn’t sure if it was worth the space in my bag, but I’m glad I brought it.”

Initially, the traveler was told he couldn’t use it to sleep at the airport, but after convincing an airport employee that he needed it, they were allowed to stay after their hard day.

They continued: “When I got here, a woman who I assume was part of airport security said I couldn’t lie in the hammock.

“It was literally just me in the terminal and I explained via translator that I’ve had a long day and if she can make an exception I’d be sleeping on the floor otherwise.

“She said ok but only for 1-2 hours. I agreed and she never came back. Since then, dozens of workers have passed by and said nothing or just smiled.”

Other Reddit users were impressed with the traveler’s makeshift and free accommodation.

One wrote: “Never thought of hanging up at an airport, good thought.”

A second added: “That’s quite a cute setup.”

However, some were concerned about the lack of storage options for their personal belongings.

They said, “Haven’t you thought about sleeping and just having all your stuff outside in an airport?”

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In the meantime, this passenger also made drastic efforts to avoid having to pay excess baggage fees at the airport.

And this woman left people stunned with a very strange technique to get more luggage on the plane.

The passenger should have tried to sleep elsewhere in the airport without the hammock

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The passenger should have tried to sleep elsewhere in the airport without the hammockPhoto credit: Getty

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Emma James

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