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12 money-saving tips for traveling

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12 money-saving tips for traveling

The global pandemic situation has placed many of us, travelers, at home. But if the body is retained, the spirit remains free and dreaming of the next getaway. The list of destinations to visit, our bucket list, gets bigger and bigger, and the dream of opening up new territory grows heartlessly.

However, what doesn’t grow is our wallet. In fact, many of us even saw it diminished with all this situation caused by Covid-19.

But don’t despair because there are small steps you can take, now that you are closed at home, that can help you save some money for your next trip.

So, take note:

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Saving for travel

1. Change the lamps. Now that you’re spending more time at home, replace the old lamps with energy-saving ones. At first glance, it may seem that you are spending money, but the investment will be reflected in the electricity bill at the end of the month.

2. Don’t leave devices on standby. This is an old one, but it’s always worth remembering. Standby devices continue to consume and may represent an increase in electricity consumption.

3. Review your TV, internet, and mobile plans. You may be paying more than you really need. And, if you don’t have a loyalty contract, the operator may well make a new (and better) proposal to keep you as a customer.

4. Sell what you don’t want anymore. Be it clothes, books, that old camera, or the PlayStation that you no longer use. It certainly won’t make the money you spent on them, but it can help with your nest egg for the next trip.

5. Save on take-away. Do it yourself! Let go of your laziness and wake up the cook in you.

6. Research the best products… at the best value, of course. Use the supermarket websites to do this. There may be variations that you aren’t aware of, and that can result in considerable savings on your shopping list.

7. Consume everything before buying new. If you still have products in the fridge, pantry, or freezer, spend them before deciding to buy more. Sometimes you are even buying unnecessarily.

8. Learn how to dye your own hair, shave or fix your nails. This one for the ladies, of course. The fact is that, since you are at home, you can train these services on yourself and thus save on them when the confinement is over.

9. Cancel the gym. There are numerous online classes or videos on Youtube that you can use to exercise your body without paying.

10. Save on short distances. For example, if you have to go to the supermarket, leave the car at home and do it on foot. This way you will be saving on fuel and exercising.

11. Think about whether you need it before buying. If you are often on the internet, don’t be influenced by the ads and promotions that appear everywhere.

12. Turn addictions into savings. Take the opportunity to stop smoking or reduce alcohol consumption. I know it won’t be easy, but there’s less temptation around. And just think about what you will save to be able to travel… if there’s a time is now!

These are my 12 tips for using a horrible situation — confinement due to the pandemic — and turning it into an incredible opportunity to help you have money to travel.

If you have any other suggestions, share them with me in the comments box below. Let’s grow this list… and our wallets!!

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If you are confined at home, how about taking advantage of the situation to save for your next trip? Just follow these money-saving tips.

Marlene is the creator of Marlene On The Move. A journalist by profession, she created the blog to share her adventures, in Portugal, destination on which she writes for Portuguese digital publications, as in the World. It's not uncommon for her to travel to new countries and discover new cultures.

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