We can travel without money, says 'Zero Balance' travellers from Kasaragod
Kottayam: Do we need money to travel? Of course. But two youth from Kanhangad have set off to Kanyakumari from Kasaragod without money. Aswin Prasad and Muhammad Ramshad are the ‘zero balance’ travellers who dared to take the trip by foot as a challenge.
They have been walking to Kanyakumari from Kasaragod without taking a single rupee.
The two friends decided to travel by foot without money as they became desperate to travel. At first, they planned for a bike ride. But as they failed to raise enough money for expenses including fuel, they conceived the idea of the unique challenge and determined to take up it.
“We want to prove that everyone can travel without money. This is the aim of our trip,” said the youth. Ashwin and Ramshad started their trip on March 26. Their backpacks displayed the purpose of their trip.
‘How to travel without money; from Kasaragod to Kanyakumari’, reads the paper pasted on the backpacks.
“Those who noticed the writings approached us and enquired about the challenge. Some people used to buy food for us. When we are hungry, we get into the hotels and brief up our trip to them. So, they will be ready to give food free of cost,” they narrated about their ‘zero balance’ trip.
While continuing the trip, the statewide lockdown turned a villain for the duo. Following this, they were forced to take a break from the trip by foot.
Hence, they stayed at the house of Aswin’s sister in Kochi for 20 days. On May 22, they resumed the interesting trip.
“We cover 25 kilometres per day. Two T-shirts, shorts and a tent are the only items in our bags. Usually, we make the tent at any petrol pump and take rest there during night. Or else we will call up some friends and arrange accommodation. So far, we didn’t face any bad experience during the trip,” said the friends. Aswin and Ramshad completed hotel management from Don Bosco Institute.
“Police used to block us in most of the places. They questioned us for taking the trip amid lockdown. Once we convince them about our trip, they allow us to go. But the lockdown has shattered our enjoyment in the trip,” they added.
Though they are heading to Kanyakumari by foot, they decided to have the return trip seeking a lift in vehicles including lorry.