The gross reason why you should think twice before sitting in a hotel chair

Let’s face it—staying healthy on vacation isn’t necessarily as easy as it looks. Not only are you running on less sleep than normal, but every new environment exposes your system to hundreds upon thousands of foreign bacteria and germs. (And that’s not the only reason why you always get sick on vacation.)

But if you think the hotel room can keep you safe, you might want to think again. Sure, that temporary home-away-from-home may look clean, but there are plenty of germ-ridden spots in your lodging—and in pretty unlikely places, too. Disease-ridden hotel hair dryers and nasty kettles are just the beginning of your troubles. As for the grossest spot in your hotel room? We’d be willing to bet that it’s the chair.

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“Many guests sit on them naked, and yes, some leave stains behind,” Jenna, a hotel maid in New York told Women’s Health. “And much of the time, the stains are basically just dabbed with cleaner until they can’t be seen anymore.” She recommends laying a towel or sheet down before taking a seat.

If you don’t properly check your hotel room for bed bugs, the little pests could make a home out of the chair, too. Not only do they give you the creepy-crawlies on vacation, but you can also carry them back home on your clothes or luggage after your stay.

Plus, don’t even get us started on the germiest spots in airplanes. Thinking about staying home from now on? We don’t blame you—in fact, we’ll probably join.

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23. The Alpina GstaadGstaad, Switzerland

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23. The Alpina GstaadGstaad, Switzerland

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22. Hotel Estalagem St HubertusGramado, Brazil

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22. Hotel Estalagem St HubertusGramado, Brazil

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21. Umaid Bhawan Palace JodhpurJodhpur, India

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21. Umaid Bhawan Palace JodhpurJodhpur, India

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20. Hotel 41London, United Kingdom

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20. Hotel 41London, United Kingdom

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19. The Leela Palace UdaipurUdaipur, India

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19. The Leela Palace UdaipurUdaipur, India

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18. Lindos BluLindos, Greece

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18. Lindos BluLindos, Greece

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15. Belmond Palacio NazarenasCusco, Peru

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15. Belmond Palacio NazarenasCusco, Peru

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12. Hotel Eclat BeijingBeijing, China

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12. Hotel Eclat BeijingBeijing, China

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11. Kandolhu Maldives North Ari Atoll, Maldives

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11. Kandolhu Maldives North Ari Atoll, Maldives

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10.  JA Manafaru – Haa Alif Atoll, Maldives

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $811 per night. Most affordable month to visit: June ($677 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $844 during February 29 – March 6.

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10.  JA Manafaru – Haa Alif Atoll, Maldives

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $811 per night. Most affordable month to visit: June ($677 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $844 during February 29 – March 6.

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9.      Tulemar Bungalows & Villas – Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $323 per night. Most affordable month to visit: October ($198 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $423 during December 12 – 18.

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9.      Tulemar Bungalows & Villas – Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $323 per night. Most affordable month to visit: October ($198 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $423 during December 12 – 18.

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8.      Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa – Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $102 per night. Most affordable month to visit: June ($91 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $111 during March 21 – 27.

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8.      Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa – Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $102 per night. Most affordable month to visit: June ($91 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $111 during March 21 – 27.

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7.      Shinta Mani Resort – Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $151 per night. Most affordable month to visit: June ($132 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $162 during September 19 – 25.

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7.      Shinta Mani Resort – Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $151 per night. Most affordable month to visit: June ($132 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $162 during September 19 – 25.

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6.      Portrait Firenze – Florence, Italy

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $676 per night. Most affordable month to visit: February ($410 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $718 during October 24 – 30.

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6.      Portrait Firenze – Florence, Italy

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $676 per night. Most affordable month to visit: February ($410 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $718 during October 24 – 30.

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5.      BoHo Prague Hotel – Prague, Czech Republic

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $209 per night. Most affordable month to visit: February ($139 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $219 during June 6 – June 12.

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5.      BoHo Prague Hotel – Prague, Czech Republic

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $209 per night. Most affordable month to visit: February ($139 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $219 during June 6 – June 12.

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4.      Hotel The Serras – Barcelona, Spain

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $420 per night. Most affordable month to visit: January ($247 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $444 during May 9 – 15.

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4.      Hotel The Serras – Barcelona, Spain

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $420 per night. Most affordable month to visit: January ($247 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $444 during May 9 – 15.

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3.      Turin Palace Hotel – Turin, Italy

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $180 per night. Most affordable month to visit: August ($149 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $189 during October 17 – 23.

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3.      Turin Palace Hotel – Turin, Italy

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $180 per night. Most affordable month to visit: August ($149 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $189 during October 17 – 23.

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2.      Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Ubud, Indonesia

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $502 per night. Most affordable month to visit: May ($449 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $478 during June 20 – 27.

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2.      Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Ubud, Indonesia

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $502 per night. Most affordable month to visit: May ($449 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $478 during June 20 – 27.

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1.      Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection – Budapest, Hungary

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $288 per night. Most affordable month to visit: March ($252 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $307 during September 5 – 11.

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1.      Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection – Budapest, Hungary

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $288 per night. Most affordable month to visit: March ($252 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $307 during September 5 – 11.

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1.      Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection – Budapest, Hungary

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $288 per night. Most affordable month to visit: March ($252 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $307 during September 5 – 11.

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1.      Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection – Budapest, Hungary

  • Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $288 per night. Most affordable month to visit: March ($252 per night). Lowest weekly rate during peak season: $307 during September 5 – 11.

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