I like to live well and pay less for it. I find that it is possible with a lot of research and creativity. I am fussy and like to be 'wowed' by classy hotels. At the other extreme, I happily stay in extremely basic local conditions in Asia so I am not a pampered person all the time. When I pay for a 5* I expect 5* service. When I am living with the locals I enjoy having a bucket of water from the cold tap for a shower. I guess I am a bit of a chameleon with travel. I do believe that it's entirely possible to stay in luxury and still blend with the locals. In the end, 'Any day travelling in any situation, anywhere is better than a day at work'.