Long-term travelers tend to be fairly cool-headed folks. From missing a flight to falling prey to pick-pockets, most have had to deal with a fair share of stress while on the road. Even so, nothing can set off a panic attack in the mind of a traveler like the word bed bugs.
The overnight bus is the cheapest and easiest way to travel overland between Budapest, Hungary and Sofia, Bulgaria. So, despite our better judgement (and our general desire to avoid all overnight travel), we took that bus. Two border crossings (the bus traveled through Serbia) meant that sleeping on the bus wasn’t any more successful than sleeping on the train. So basically, nope, we didn’t get much sleep that night.