Do everything like a local: a bus is a bus
Another common life hack is to use public transport instead of spending money on taxis. But there are a number of exceptions. In large metropolitan areas of Southeast Asia, it is generally better not to look in the direction of buses – the risk of standing in a traffic jam all day is too high. In the Latin American “collective minibuses” everyone sits on each other's heads, often inside the cabin is dirty and stuffy. The cheap sleeping cars of the Indian and Chinese trains are a real disaster, and travel in them is not exactly pleasant.
Comfort is for wimps
It would seem, why rent a full-fledged hotel room, because you can get by with a hostel or a room without a window in a guest house. Still just for overnight stays. It's fun when you're young and full of energy or completely unpretentious. Just think, a couple of sleepless nights due to someone snoring or terrible stuffiness. Or an attack of claustrophobia in a 9-meter “apartment”. But for most it will be hard to endure detailed hardships.
Some go even further – spend the night in tents, at airports, looking for accommodation using the couchsurfing system.
If everything is clear with the first two accommodation options, then the last one seems attractive – you just write off the owners on a special website and they host them completely free of charge. But in return, hospitable hosts expect intangible returns: stories, attention to their own person, compliance with their rules. You need to be prepared for a certain lack of freedom, as well as for the language barrier and other people's oddities – people are people.
What about impressions?
People go on a trip not only to change the usual picture. Immersion in the culture of another country pushes the worldview framework and changes the view of many everyday things. Connoisseurs of Verdi's operas will truly enjoy visiting Milan's La Scala theater, and those who are passionate about the history of Indian civilization simply must see the famous Peruvian Machu Picchu. But how to do it without money?
Extreme savings severely limit opportunities. Eating at the ubiquitous McDucks instead of visiting restaurants with delicious local cuisine, avoiding iconic sights to avoid paying entrance fees, and ignoring professionally guided tours because of the high cost is not the best strategy. Then the trip itself loses all meaning.
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Economy class beach vacation
Probably, there are people for whom the sea is everything, the rest is unimportant. But a lazy beach holiday just implies the opportunity to relax, not think about everyday worries and allow yourself too much, even a little snack.
Those who live in houses with no amenities half an hour from the beach simply deprive themselves of a lot of pleasures, but they add more worries.
In fact, lying in a sun lounger under an umbrella, drinking a cocktail, is much more comfortable than huddling on a towel right on sand and eat store-bought (cheaper!) soda. Well, romantic dinners on the veranda to the sound of the surf, boat trips, “adrenaline” water activities also require certain costs.