Travel the world hack for under £1200

Around the world in 15 days on low-cost airlines with stops in six countries from London Stansted for less than a one-way fare to New York

Forget Phileas Fogg’s 80-day round-the-world trip, London Stansted has mapped-out the ultimate high-flying hack.

In just 15 days and costing less than a one-way ticket to New York*, intrepid travellers can chalk-off six bucket list destinations using our great-value global guide.

Taking every leg of the trip exclusively on low-fare airlines, we’ve created a round-the-world itinerary for February 2024 costing just £1,145.

Beginning at London Stansted on February 5, you will travel to Reykjavik, Boston, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, and Istanbul before returning to Stansted on February 20.

The cost does not include hotel accommodation, but you can save 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. 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.

And thanks to the fantastic flight time on the final leg from Istanbul with Pegasus Airlines, passengers have the chance to round-off their trip in style, heading into central London in roughly 40 minutes directly from under the Terminal to Liverpool Street, to enjoy a toast to celebrate the end of an epic adventure.

Neringa Ohrstrom, London Stansted’s Head of Marketing, said:

“Many people dream about the possibilities of travelling around the world, but often get put off due to the perceived high cost of travel. However, it is possible to travel across the globe on a budget, and to start and finish a world trip from their local airport thanks to the fabulous airlines we have here at London Stansted.

“Low fare airlines 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 London Stansted:

Feb 5, 2024

Depart London Stansted 10.55am, arrive Keflavik 2pm (3h 5m).

Airline: Play (flyplay.com)

Price: £56.

Feb 6

Depart Keflavik 4pm, arrive Boston 5pm (6h)

Airline: Play (flyplay.com)

Price: £125.

Feb 8

Depart Boston 6.01pm, arrive Los Angeles 10pm (7h).

Airline: Jet Blue (jetblue.com)

Price: £86.

Feb 11

Depart Los Angeles 9.35am, arrive Narita (Tokyo) 2.25pm (12 Feb) (12h 50m).

Airline: ZipAir (zipair.net)

Price: £279.

Feb 13

Depart Narita 10pm, arrive Kuala Lumpur 04.45am (Feb 14) (7h 45m).

Airline: Batik Air Malaysia (malindoair.com)

Price: £179.

Feb 16

Depart Kuala Lumpur 11.05pm, arrive Dubai (DXB) 02.25am (Feb 17) (7h 20m).

Airline: Batik Air Malaysia (malindoair.com)

Price: £207.

Feb 18

Depart Dubai (DXB) 9.15am, arrive Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen 13.20am (5h).

Airline: Fly Dubai (flydubai.com)

Price: £151.

Feb 20, 2024

Depart Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen 8.20am, arrive London Stansted 9.30 am (4h 10m).

Airline: Pegasus Airlines (flypgs.com)

Price: £62.

Total cost: £1,145

The trip can be extended if you want to spend more time at each destination or you can complete it within a fortnight, which may increase the cost, but you will not need to take as much time off work.

The fares were gathered from official airline websites and Skycanner searches and were correct as of January 5, 2024.