“Oh you don’t have to do anything; this is just Southern Hospitality.”
One of the most common mistakes I see hikers make is assuming towns along the trail cater specifically to them. There’s nothing wrong with asking for “Hiker Pricing” at a hotel, but it’s a bit of a jump to order food at a restaurant and ask after the fact if you can get your meal for free or wash dishes for the food. I don’t recommend either of these methods as you can easily give the server/restaurant the impression that hikers are freeloaders with no concept of respect and an inflated sense of entitlement.
In my experience, you get more when you ask for less.
My hike ran into financial struggles at various points along the trail. My bank locked me out a few times, cards weren’t accepted, and money was just not available for the majority…
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