Suppose being on ultra-budget long-term travel, how do you keep accommodation and food costs to a minimum? Specifically, is stealth/wild camping the norm or do you usually do Couchsurfing/trustroots etc? (i.e. staying with hosts for free).
If it’s the former, how do you go about sustaining it? Do you camp out near towns and villages then hitchhike/ explore/hike/cycle the following day? Do you stick mainly to designated nature trails and camp more like a traditional distance hiker? Or do you sleep in cities on the down-low somehow? Do you get advice/permission from locals or do you keep your sleeping plans to yourself? Are people usually accommodating and understanding or is discretion really the name of the game?
If your travel is focused on wild camping and such, what kind of kit do you have for it? Is it worth investing more in a quality tent in the £200+ range or will a cheaper £100-200 tent/bivvy/hammock do the trick?
What about food? Do you use a camping stove and cook your own meals from local ingredients/long life foodstuffs eg rice, beans, tinned fruits, nuts etc? Or do you travel more in developing countries and find local rates in cafés, food halls etc? Or do you rely on the kindness of strangers to invite you to eat? Or is dumpster diving/ homeless shelters the primary source for getting in those calories?
Finally, the safety aspect. How do you stay safe when the locals don’t know where to find you if things go to shit? Are brush-ins with unsuspecting hunters ever an issue when camping wild/low profile? Has local wildlife ever posed a threat or do they just ignore you and/or go for your food stash only?
I know that’s a lot of questions, but the overall question is, how do you deal with the ‘big three’ aspects of food, sleep, and safety when you’re on ultra-budget for longer trips?