What could be better than having no budget at all?
Yes, you read that correctly. Traveling for free is feasible (or almost free). It only takes a little patience and a lot of courage. There have been cases where this has been done.
Your trip expenses can be broken down into three categories: transportation, lodging, food, and water.
Hitchhiking: Some people have been known to hitchhike across continents. True, it puts your patience to the test, but it’s also a lot of fun. Only about 5-10% of people will agree to offer you a ride. This entails waving your hand in front of roughly 10-20 automobiles. You’re travelling for free; isn’t this the least you can do?
The majority of Indians are unaware that people can remain at various Ashrams, Gurudwaras, temples, and Dharamshala for the sake of freedom in India (a religious rest-house for travellers).
Plan your journey such that you arrive at your final destination at night. There are two benefits to it:
You decide to spend your valuable daytime touring the area.
You save money on hotel expenses.
Bring some goodies that you’ve made at home. I bring roughly 2 kg of home-made snacks whenever I go for more than 10-12 days. It’s especially useful when there’s no sanitary food available or when food is prohibitively expensive. Food is provided free of charge in many Ashrams, Gurudwaras, and temples.
Traveling on a shoestring budget is really difficult and necessitates a great deal of patience and perseverance. If you’re searching for a fair level of comfort and safety, however, the following travel hacks will help you save a lot of money.
Hotels: Look for hotel reservations that are refundable. Keep an eye out for special deals and promotions. I’ve gotten hotels for up to 90% off, and I’ve gotten hotels for free twice.
Use public transportation: In addition to saving money, taking public transportation can provide insight into the lives of ordinary locals.
Food: To buy food, walk a few streets away from the main tourist attraction. Most eateries in touristy places are well aware that you will almost certainly never return. As a result, they may provide you with subpar cuisine at a hefty cost.
Be wise: If you have the chance to save money, take advantage of it. After my excursion, I had to return to Leh. A taxi will set me back 2000 rupees. I noticed a cab dropping off passengers and heading back to Leh. I knew he wouldn’t have any passengers on the way back. I offered him 200 rupees to take me, and he accepted.
Ask the locals: They know where to dine, stay, and shop for the best prices. Inquire of them. Most of the time, they will gladly assist you. They will be the ones to provide you with the most useful travel hacks. Always keep in mind that there must be places where locals eat, places where they stay when travelling, and ways in which they travel. They don’t have a lot of money to spend on all of them.