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Vera Mendes from the plant in the Portuguese town of Palmela spends her free time trawling the internet 
for cheap flights. The 31-year-old then
 publishes the results in her travel blog.

Who doesn’t dream of simply hopping on the next flight and escaping from everyday life for a few days?
If only there 
weren’t the small subject of money to get in the way. But this is exactly where Vera’s passion comes into play. The 31-year-old process engineer, who works in the paint shop at Volkswagen Autoeuropa, scours the internet in her spare time on the hunt for bargain flights. She then publishes her findings in her blog at “The cheapest flight I’ve ever found was a return from Lisbon to Porto for six euros,” shares Vera, who started her Volkswagen career as a trainee back in 2012. But her bargain hunting doesn’t just stop in Portugal: At the start of the month, she posted an article about a cheap flight from Berlin to Melbourne.

Vera also uses her blog to write about the many trips she has been on herself. Visitors to the site can find useful tips on anything from accommodation and restaurants through to transfer options. “My favorite trips have been through southeast Asia, through places like Indonesia and Myanmar,” recalls Vera. But this hobby isn’t exactly a money-spinner for the young traveler. The only reward she receives is the feedback from her readers. “Some of my followers, colleagues included, send me messages and thank me for the recommendations on how they can visit their dream destination without spending a fortune. That makes me incredibly happy!”