East Midlands Airport (EMA) has mapped out what they call the ultimate high-flying hack. The 15-day itinerary takes intrepid travellers across Europe, North America, and Asia in March 2024 and could cost as low as £1,475.

The great-value global guide was created using exclusively low-fare airlines. The journey, which begins on March 4, takes travel lovers through Iceland, the United States, Japan, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, and Italy, before returning to EMA on March 18.

The cost does not include hotel accommodation, however, the airport suggested saving a few pennies by scheduling overnight flights so you can sleep on the plane and sightsee during the day. You’ll also have to limit your luggage to a small carry-on bag to avoid additional fees.

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However, this has the added extra of allowing you to breeze past the baggage carousel on arrival, giving you more time to explore or catch the next flight. Customer Services and Planning Director at EMA Mike Grimes said: “This travel hack just shows that East Midlands Airport really is the region’s gateway to the world, offering effortless, low-cost travel.

“Low fare airlines like those operating from EMA offer fantastic choice and great value to passengers on every continent and have truly opened up the world for everyone. We all now have the opportunity to take a bucket list trip like this and travel around the world without breaking the bank.”

The following example shows a round-the-world itinerary lasting 15 nights, starting and ending at East Midlands Airport (all details correct at January 31):

  • March 4 – EMA to Reykjavik-Keflavik – 7.25am – 10.15am (Jet2) £70
  • March 5 – Reykjavik-Keflavik to Boston 4pm – 5pm (Play) £193.07
  • March 7 – Boston to LA 6pm – 9.50pm (JetBlue) £222
  • March 11 – LA to Tokyo 10.35am – 2.25pm (ZipAir) £320.76
  • March 13 – Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur 8.35am – 3.20pm (Batik Air) £160.50
  • March 15 – Kuala Lumpur to Dubai 11.05pm – 2.25am (Batik Air) £194.76
  • March 17 – Dubai to Milan-Bergamo 6.00pm – 10pm (FlyDubai) £284.29
  • March 18 – Milan-Bergamo to EMA 9.50pm – 10.55pm (Ryanair) £30.52

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