My husband and I are big tea-drinkers--neither of us cares for coffee, unusual maybe in America. We always boiled a kettle on our stove for our tea, but one vacation changed all that.
We were going on an extended road trip from Kansas to the East Coast and back, pulling our little travel trailer behind our truck. The second day out, just east of St. Louis, the truck's transmission blew (!) and, long story short, we wound up in a motel in St. Louis for the next six days while it got fixed. I said, "All right, I'm fine with a motel for the next week, but I MUST have proper tea to survive." So we went to the nearest BBB, got an electric kettle and used it in the motel room. It was so handy, boiled water so quickly and efficiently, that we took it back home and have used nothing else since. At least one good thing came out of the disaster!
Also, if your transmission blows up and you're stuck against your will in some random city for a week, St. Louis is the place. We got to know it very well and it's a super cool place!