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4 ways it’s more expensive to travel when you’re unhealthy
Want to save some cash on your next trip? Getting in shape might be your best bet. Here are some ways being unhealthy makes travel more expensive
Flights could cost more for overweight people
Flights are getting more expensive for those carrying extra pounds-whether it’s in your luggage or on your body.
Samoa Air, who have implemented a policy requiring passengers to pay for the combined weight of their body and their luggage, could be just the first of many airlines to charge based on body weight.
The policy, Chris Langton, head of Samoa Air, told Australia’s ABC Radio, is fairer. “Airlines don’t run on seats, they run on weight. Anyone who travels at times has felt they have been paying for half of the passenger next to them.”
Whether you agree with the policy or not, being overweight could cost you.
Smoking can cost more while travelling
Different countries have different laws when it comes to smoking in public. In some places, if you light up in a park or stadium, you could be charged with a hefty ticket.
You’ll also pay more to support your habit.
New Zealand, for example, recently announced a 40 percent hike in tobacco taxes.
Transportation costs more when you’re out of shape
When you’re unhealthy, exploring a city by foot or bike all day isn’t realistic. Instead, you’ll either have to pay for public transport, a taxi or a rental car.
If you’re obese, fuel could also cost more. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a vehicle’s fuel efficiency decreases by 2 percent for every 100 pounds placed in a car.
Food costs more when you don’t pack snacks
Packing homemade snacks in your bag is not only healthier, it also saves you from splurging at a restaurant or overpriced convenience store. Healthy snacks also have more staying power than junk food, so you won’t be hungry again in an hour.