Seasoned traveler make finding bargains a game, negotiating the price of a room, or buying items in the market it for gaming.
There is great pleasure in getting a good deal on an airplane ticket. However, there is an almost toxic, malingering frustration when we realize we got a bad deal while our friends did better.
With experience people learn to have patience, and wait for the better deals to arrive. People arrive to a new city confuse, then slowly after a few days the get a good deal on breakfast, after two weeks they are winning at the game.
There is true pleasure in knowing you can walk into an city on the planet and become a player of the game effectively and efficiently.