10 airlines, nine countries, eight days, one journey.
Those are the vital statistics that cover the round-the-world trip Richard Quest is undertaking this month.
Oh, one more twist.
He’ll be doing it all on low-cost carriers.
Low-cost carriers — or budget airlines — generally offer cheaper fares and cut business costs by offering fewer amenities than traditional airlines.
»These airlines have democratized flying, and are now the backbone of short-haul travel in Europe, Asia and America, » says Quest, who was recently appointed CNNMoney’s Editor at Large.
Spiced-up perks, more benefits and long-haul routes are changing what has long been a largely utilitarian field, Quest adds.
The budget marathon will begin and end in London, with Quest making his first stops in Belgium and the Czech Republic before going east to the United Arab Emirates.
From there, he’ll make a leap across the Indian Ocean to Sri Lanka, then on to Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.
Flying over the Pacific Ocean, he’ll reach Hawaii before heading to Los Angeles and then New York.
The final leg will take him back to London.
The full itinerary: London – Brussels – Prague – Dubai – Sharjah – Colombo – Kuala Lumpur – Singapore – Sydney – Honolulu – Los Angeles – New York- London.
Adventure Begins in London on March 12
Quest and his team will be reporting on CNN.com and CNN International throughout the trip while documenting its finer (and any not-so finer) moments on social media.
The globe-trotting adventure will be showcased in a special edition of CNN Business Traveller, first airing on CNN International on April 14 at 9:30 a.m. BST/10:30 a.m. CET.
This border-crossing expedition follows strict rules.
« The trip has to start and end in the same place, we can only travel in one direction and we can’t backtrack between continents, » explains Quest.
« We’re only using low-cost carriers and we’re not allowed to take premium-class tickets – it’s economy all the way.
« We want to show just how far you can go in low cost, and see which airlines are offering the best service for those on business and on a budget. »
All packed into a week’s schedule, the trip begins on March 12 at London’s Gatwick Airport, and returns on March 20.
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