6 Offbeat Ways To Travel Smart And Cheap For Indians
If you are living in the 21st century, you are probably aware of the reasons why one must travel and explore new places but let’s get it straight, travelling is not cheap at all and can easily blow your money if you don’t plan smart enough.
You need to make sure you don’t dig a hole in your pocket and at the same time not sacrifice the quality of your trip.
1. Bed & Breakfast FTW!
With the rise of bed & breakfast/homestay companies like Airbnb, the hotel industry has taken a hit and rightly so, you can now rent a private room or an entire apartment for less than the price of a hotel room in the same locality.
Moreover, you get to choose from many unique options such as treehouses (the one in the picture goes for less than Rs. 2000), boats or lake/sea facing apartments.
2. Sleep On Someone’s Couch
Hotels are for everyone, Airbnb is for those who want to pay less than a hotel but Couchsurfing is for those who don’t wanna pay at all and don’t really mind sleeping on their host’s couch.
Couchsurfing is an online community of travellers around the world where locals provide their guests a couch at their home for free and at times would even take guests out for sightseeing but provided you have built a reputation as a good guest on your CS profile.
3. Tour With A Local
Long tours with travel agencies are normally a pain in a new city as you don’t get to stay for long enough at each spot. Seeksherpa from Delhi aims to solve this problem by connecting travellers with verified locals for small tours around the city.
A mini experience/tour lasts for about 3 hours and is a decent value for money. For example, a shopping tour with a local in Delhi’s ‘Dilli Haat’ and ‘Sarojini’ costs around Rs.500. The service is currently available in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru.
4. Rent a Car Not a Driver
Renting a taxi for a day in a new city has always been a hassle in India with the limited choices, high prices and the hassle of haggling the price.
Zoomcar, is a Bengaluru based company that provides self-drive cars for rent by the hour, day, week or month. You can pick up a car from many locations in your city and choose from a variety of cars ranging from a Ford Figo to a BMW and all cars come with an All India Permit
Rent for a Ford Figo is around Rs. 2400 a day including free fuel for 240 km, GPS and Insurance.
5. Find an Activity Package deal
While a free and unguided trip is loads of fun, it does come with some hassles and risks at certain destinations. An organised tour/activity may turn out better in such situations with an increased cost for your trip.
To get the best of both, it might be a good idea to dig some package deals on sites such as Thrillophilia that curates tour deals from across the country making sure you don’t compromise the quality of your trip. They have curated quite a collection of adventure activities and tours from across the country and the listings are physically verified by the team.
Other alternatives: Tushky
6. Backpack Abroad For Cheap
That Eurotrip has stayed long enough on your bucket list and you just can’t get it off the list, probably because your friends can’t give you company or may be because momma thinks it isn’t safe to travel solo. We have all been there but where there is a will there is a way – so here comes ‘The Backpacker Co.’, a company that organizes backpacking trips across the world for young Indians (most traveling solo).
The company takes you across Europe with trained guides in a small group of young Indian travellers, let’s you stay at hostels full of international travellers. An average Europe backpacking trip costs between Rs. 5500-7500 per adult per day excluding flights and visa fees.
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