There’s nothing quite as awful as feeling under the weather while traveling, especially when it’s during a major holiday. Being in foreign surroundings while feeling sick is harshly difficult, because you can’t achieve the highest level of comfort possible. But at least when you’re in your own house you can augment the lighting and adjust the air temperature settings to reach your optimal comfort. So even though your nose is running, your hands are shaking, and your head might feel like exploding, you are at least enjoying the ideal air conditions for your unique needs. None of this is the case when you stay at someone else’s home. You don’t necessarily have all the comforts of home or complete control over the thermostat; you likely have no say in the levels of air conditioning or heat at all. This lack of control can be particularly difficult, especially when feeling feverish. All you want to do is to be able to alter the air temperature around you to alleviate some of the physical discomfort of burning up or growing cold. Throw a major holiday and traditional family celebration into the mix, and the situation becomes even more complicated! Suddenly there is a crowd of people gathered, each with their own unique temperature preferences. It’s draining enough to be in such an energetic social situation; finding personal comfort while setting the thermostat to compensate for a celebration is even more exhausting! How am I aware of all these unique facts about illnesses related to lack of HVAC control? I’m conducting my own research as we speak.