Back in the day, I used to brave windowless hostels with shared bathrooms devoid of toilet paper. Cost, back then, sat on a priority shelf way above Comfort. But gone are the days of frugal backpacking, thanks to my diminishing tolerance for below par accommodations, which frankly, came with age.
But what also came with age was a brand of wisdom that I used to only see in my mom and aunties. In our Japan trip for instance, we were able to find places to stay, which aced both cost and comfort; experience, too!