Say hello to Simon. He knows how travelling for free is really done. I personally experienced some things he does in his videos. Free hotel breakfast, spa-time and some form of free accommodation (the storage room is your friend) can be a lifesaver. But I certainly have never taken it to the level Simon goes for. If you haven’t seen him on YouTube before, here is a little teaser.
Questionable travel hacks by Simon “No Money” Wilson
Some of these hacks are definitely illegal, and we do not encourage you to break the law! However, there are many other examples in the videos that are perfectly legal and can help you while you’re travelling on a very low budget.
Is it illegal to enter a hotel without being a guest?
It is not necessarily illegal to enter a hotel without being a guest, as this largely depends on the specific circumstances of the situation. Generally, hotels have public areas such as lobbies, restaurants, and bars that are open to everyone, including non-guests.
Sneaking into hotel restaurants works surprisingly well. If you just walk through a ticket checkpoint, you can always claim you didn’t know better and the worst case scenario is that you get turned back. But as long as you stay polite and don’t claim something that belongs to a regular guest, you don’t really break the law.
I wouldn’t go so far to base my entire trip around these tricks. But finding a free and safe space inside a hotel lobby or having a hot meal and a cup of coffee can be really rewarding. Especially, when you are broke, it’s nighttime or below zero degrees outside, and you have to kill a couple of hours.
It is surely an advantage if you look like a spoiled rich white kid. Although, with the necessary confidence, modesty and preparation, this kind of travel hacking is definitely easier than some might think.
Possible legal consequences
Entering private areas of a hotel, such as guest rooms or employee-only areas, without permission may be considered trespassing and may be illegal. In addition, disruptive behavior or violation of hotel policies may result in you being asked to leave the property. Possible punishment can vary from country to country.
- In the United States, trespassing laws are typically determined at the state level, with penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment.
- In Australia, trespassing is typically considered a civil offense, although certain acts, such as breaking and entering, may be considered criminal offenses.
- In the UK, trespassing is not a criminal offense, but can result in legal action if damage is caused or warnings are ignored.
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