Travel more, spend less: Money-saving tips from a six-month trip

The author's six-month trip that started in 2021 involved 19 border crossings within North America and the Caribbean. PHOTO: JOHN TAN
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We sit knee to knee, packed like sardines in a can, as our minivan chugs along dark Mexican country roads.

With the windows closed and a chilly wind outside, our tourist van soon fogs up. As I doodle Christmas trees on the dusty window pane amid sweaty strangers, some of them maskless, I tell myself these are the perfect conditions under which to contract Covid-19.

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