The cheapest way to travel
around the world!

Going on a trip around the world is one of those bucket list dreams that can seem out of reach, but it’s not! At eDreams, we’ve carefully analysed the 11 million bookings that have been made through our site, in order to give you some insider tips about the cheapest way to tour the world.

Tour the world with low-cost airlines

The most costly part of taking a trip around the world is undoubtedly the airline tickets. High prices and unpredictable add-ons can really cut into your budget. Follow our itinerary and you’ll be able to travel exclusively with low-cost airlines on every leg of your trip around the world. You'll start off in London and visit Los Angeles, Osaka, Sydney, Bangkok, Dubai and many more places!

In 21 steps you can go around the world with low-cost airlines, stopping off at the world's most desirable destinations on your way. Adapt this plan to suit you, skip a stop or add in a place you've always wanted to go. Either way, we've provided you with all the information you need for your trip such as the current exchange rates, flight times and the cost of living once you arrive. Every little helps to keep your costs down while travelling around the world!

Trip around the world: the itinerary

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norwegian air shuttle
DURATION 8h 10
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Make New York the first stop on your world tour. The flight time from London to New York is around 8 hours.

Did you know ?
New York taxis were originally red and green before changing to the iconic yellow taxis that they are today!

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American Dollar
1€ = $1.10

icon DOCUMENTS

A Visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) is required to travel to the USA for up to 90 days.

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 2.48€ / $2.75
  • Pint of Beer: 6.35€ / $7.00
  • Restaurant: 17.99€ / $20.00
  • Cappuccino: 4.12€ / $4.58

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DURATION 3h
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Fly from New York to Florida with Delta Air Lines on the next leg of your world tour.

Did you know ?
Wherever you are in Florida, you'll never be more than 60 miles from the ocean. It's also home to more golf courses than any other state in the US.

Travel Tips

icon EXCHANGE RATE

American Dollar
1€ = $1.10

icon DOCUMENTS

A Visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) is required to travel to the USA for up to 90 days.

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 2.02€ / $2.25
  • Pint of Beer: 5.40€ / $6.00
  • Restaurant: 13.50€ / $15.00
  • Cappuccino: 3.37€ / $3.75

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Norwegian AirShuttle
DURATION 4h
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A 4 hour flight on Spirit Airlines will take you from Florida to Bogota for your next step.

Did you know ?
Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, it's one of only 17 “megadiverse” countries.

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Colombian Peso
1€ =3,681.40 Col$

icon DOCUMENTS

No Visa needed for visits up to 90 days. You may need to show an onward journey ticket upon arrival.

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 0.64€ / 2,400 Col$
  • Pint of Beer: 1.00€ / 8,000 Col$
  • Restaurant: 3.27€ / 12,250 Col$
  • Cappuccino: 1.11€ / 4,169 Col$

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Hepatitis A & Tetanus

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JetBlue Airways Logo
DURATION 5h
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Fly from Bogota to Mexico for your next leg. The journey time is 5 hours.

Did you know ?
Mexico City is the city with the most museums in the world - almost all of which have free entry on Sundays!

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Mexican Peso
1€ = 21.09 MXN

icon DOCUMENTS

No Visa needed

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 0.28€ / 6.00 MXN
  • Pint of Beer: 1.89€ / 40.00 MXN
  • Restaurant: 4.25€ / 90.00 MXN
  • Cappuccino: 1.93€ / 40.82 MXN

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Hepatitis A

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Air Asia Logo
DURATION 4h 20
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Take a Volaris plane for your next leg, Mexico City to Los Angeles.

Did you know ?
17% of people who live in Los Angeles are employed in a creative field, making it the so called creative capital of the world.

Travel Tips

icon EXCHANGE RATE

American Dollar
1€ = $1.10

icon DOCUMENTS

A Visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) is required to travel to the USA for up to 90 days.

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 1.57€/ $1.75
  • Pint of Beer: 5.40€ / $6.00
  • Restaurant: 13.50€ / $15.00
  • Cappuccino: 4.10€ / $4.56

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Air Asia Logo
DURATION 5h 50
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Delta Air Lines will cover the next step of your trip: Los Angeles to Honolulu.

Did you know ?
The Hawaiian alphabet is only made up of 12 letters: A, E, I, O, U H, K, L, M, N, P, W

Travel Tips

icon EXCHANGE RATE

American Dollar
1€ = $1.10

icon DOCUMENTS

A Visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) is required to travel to the USA for up to 90 days.

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 2.48€ / $2.75
  • Pint of Beer: 5.40€ / $6.00
  • Restaurant: 13.50€ / $15.00
  • Cappuccino: 4.60€ / $5.10

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Cebu Air Logo
DURATION 10h 20
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Cover the large distance of the 7th leg with Air Asia, taking you from Honolulu to Osaka.

Did you know ?
3% of Japan’s power goes into powering its 5.5 million vending machines, where you can buy anything from rice to umbrellas to fresh vegetables.

Travel Tips

icon EXCHANGE RATE

Japanese Yen
1€ = ¥120.41

icon DOCUMENTS

No Visa needed for visits of up to 90 days. You may need to provide evidence of an onward journey.

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 1.83€ / ¥220.00
  • Pint of Beer: 3.33€ / ¥400.00
  • Restaurant: 6.85€ / ¥825.00
  • Cappuccino: 3.54€ / ¥425.00

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ITINERARY Osaka Manila
DURATION 4h 10
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Next, go from Osaka to Manila with Jetstar on a 4 hour flight.

Did you know ?
There are secret tunnels and passageways under the streets of Manila. Some of them are wide enough to fit a lorry inside!

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Philippine Peso
1€ = 56.02 ₱

icon DOCUMENTS

No Visa needed for visits up to 30 days.

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 0.36€ / 20.00 ₱
  • Pint of Beer: 1.16€ / 65.00 ₱
  • Restaurant: 4.01€ / 225.00 ₱
  • Cappuccino: 2.35€ / 131.50 ₱

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Poliomyelitis & Tetanus

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ITINERARY Manila Sydney
DURATION 8h 30
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Head from Manila to Sydney on a Cebu Pacific plane

Did you know ?
Sydney is a truly multinational city where more than 250 different languages are spoken. 1/3 of Sydney's residents speak a language other than English at home.

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Australian Dollar
1€ = 1.61 A$

icon DOCUMENTS

A Visa is required, valid for up to 3 months at a time.

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 2.75€ / 4.40 A$
  • Pint of Beer: 5.00€ / 8.00 A$
  • Restaurant: 11.55€ / 18.50 A$
  • Cappuccino: 2.44€ / 3.90 A$

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Indigo Logo
DURATION 6h 15
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For your next leg, take a Jetstar plane from Sydney to Denpasar.

Did you know ?
If you've been invited for a home cooked meal in Bali, it's common to sit on the floor and eat with your right hand. The custom is to leave a bit of food on your plate to show that you're full.

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Indonesian Rupiah
1€ = 15,519.21 Rp

icon DOCUMENTS

No Visa needed for visits up to 30 days.

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 0.22€ / 3,500 Rp
  • Pint of Beer: 1.81€ / 28,000 Rp
  • Restaurant: 1.29€ / 20,000 Rp
  • Cappuccino: 1.81€ / 28,000 Rp

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Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis & Tetanus

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DURATION 4h 50
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Denpasar to Bangkok will take around 5 hours with Lion Air.

Did you know ?
The full Thai name for Bangkok is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.

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Thai Baht
1€ = 33.44 ฿

icon DOCUMENTS

No Visa needed for visits up to 30 days.

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 1.04€ / 34.50 ฿
  • Pint of Beer: 2.40€ / 80.00 ฿
  • Restaurant: 1.80€ / 60.00 ฿
  • Cappuccino: 2.23€ / 74.14 ฿

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DURATION 4h 10
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For the next leg on your world tour, take a 4 hour NokScoot plane from Bangkok to New Delhi

Did you know ?
New Delhi is the sixth most populated metropolis in the world. More than 16 million people roam its streets!

Travel Tips

icon EXCHANGE RATE

Indian Rupee
1€ = 79.00 ₹

icon DOCUMENTS

A Visa is necessary. Apply for an e-Visa online, valid for 60 days.

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 0.38€ / 30.00 ₹
  • Pint of Beer: 1.73€ / 135.00 ₹
  • Restaurant: 3.84€ / 300.00 ₹
  • Cappuccino: 1.61€ / 12.25 ₹

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Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus & Typhoid

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DURATION 8h 10
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Fly from New Delhi to Dubai with IndiGo for the next step. The journey time is around 8 hours.

Did you know ?
Camel racing is a popular sport in Dubai. In recent years, child-sized robots have been specially made to ride the camels, costing anywhere between €300 and €10,000.

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Arab Emirate Dirham
1€ = 4.05 AED

icon DOCUMENTS

For British citizens, Visas are given upon arrival, valid for visits up to 30 days. For other EU citizens, no Visa is needed for visits up to 90 days.

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 1.24€ / 5.00 AED
  • Pint of Beer: 11.09€ / 45.00 AED
  • Restaurant: 7.39€ / 30.00 AED
  • Cappuccino: 4.49€ / 18.21 AED

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Tetanus

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DURATION 4h 50
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For the 14th leg, go from Dubai to Istanbul on a 5 hour Flydubai plane.

Did you know ?
Istanbul is the only city in the world that straddles two continents; Europe and Asia.

Travel Tips

icon EXCHANGE RATE

Turkish Lira
£1 = ₺6.37

icon DOCUMENTS

A Visa is necessary. Apply for an e-Visa online at least 48 hours before travel. The visa is valid for a maximum of 90 days.

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 0.43€ / 2.75 ₺
  • Pint of Beer: 2.85€ / 18.00 ₺
  • Restaurant: 4.73€ / 30.00 ₺
  • Cappuccino: 1.89€ / 11.97 ₺

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Norwegian
DURATION 3h 20
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Go from Istanbul to Moscow on a 3 hour journey with Pobeda Airlines.

Did you know ?
Moscow is the largest city in Europe, but here's a tip for not getting lost on the metro: if you hear a male voice announce the next station, you are on a train bound for the city. A female voice means you're headed out of the city.

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Russian Ruble
1€ = 70.56 ₽

icon DOCUMENTS

A Visa is necessary and you must get it from the Russian Embassy before you travel. Visa processing time is up to 20 business days.

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 0.71€ / 50.00 ₽
  • Pint of Beer: 2.15€ / 150.00 ₽
  • Restaurant: 8.56€ / 600.00 ₽
  • Cappuccino: 2.33€ / 163.33 ₽

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Diphtheria & Tetanus

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ITINERARY Moscow Prague
DURATION 2h 50
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The next step will take you from Moscow to Prague with Smartwings.

Did you know ?
Legend has it that the creator of Prague’s Astronomical Clock Tower, Hanus Carolinum, was blinded by the Old Town councillors to make it impossible for him to recreate the clock in another city.

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Czech Crowns
1€ = 25.51 Kč

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No Visa needed

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 0.94€ / 24.00 Kč
  • Pint of Beer: 1.57€ / 40.00 Kč
  • Restaurant: 5.88€ / 150.00 Kč
  • Cappuccino: 2.10€ / 53.27 Kč

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ITINERARY Prague Paris
DURATION 1h 45
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Take a short 2 hour flight with Ryanair to go from Prague to Paris.

Did you know ?
The Eiffel Tower was originally meant to be temporary when it was built in 1889, supposed to be taken apart 20 years after its construction.

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Euro €

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No Visa needed

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 1.91€ / 1.90 €
  • Pint of Beer: 6.55€ / 6.50 €
  • Restaurant: 15.11€ / 15.00 €
  • Cappuccino: 3.43€ / 3.40 €

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ITINERARY Paris Madrid
DURATION 2h 40
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Fly from Paris to Madrid with EasyJet on a 3 hour flight.

Did you know ?
Madrid is the highest capital city in Europe, with an altitude of around 700m above sea level.

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Euro €

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No Visa needed

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  • Transport: 1.52€ / 1.50 €
  • Pint of Beer: 3.02€ / 3.00 €
  • Restaurant: 11.08€ / 11.00 €
  • Cappuccino: 1.78€ / 1.78 €

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DURATION 1h 30
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Do the quick 1.5 hour leg from Madrid to Tangier with Ryanair.

Did you know ?
Tangerine fruits originate from Tangier, and the city is even named after them! In the past, people who lived in Tangier used to be called 'tangerines'.

Travel Tips

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Moroccan Dirham
1€ =10.66 MAD

icon DOCUMENTS

No Visa is needed for visits up to 3 months.

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 0.33€ / 3.50 MAD
  • Pint of Beer: 2.53€ / 26.93 MAD
  • Restaurant: 2.82€ / 30.00 MAD
  • Cappuccino: 1.36€ / 14.50 MAD

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Hepatitis A & Tetanus

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DURATION 6h 10
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For the penultimate leg of your world tour, go from Tangier to Tenerife on a 6 hour Vueling flight.

Did you know ?
Tenerife is home to Europe's largest waterpark, Siam Park. It boasts one of the highest waterslides in the world!

Travel Tips

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Euro €

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No Visa needed

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 1.36€ / 1.35 €
  • Pint of Beer: 2.02€ / 2.00 €
  • Restaurant: 8.31€ / 8.25 €
  • Cappuccino: 1.46€ / 1.45 €

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DURATION 4h 25
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The last stop on your world tour will take you from Tenerife to London. Book a Wizz Air flight to take you home.

Did you know ?
London Black Cab drivers have to pass a test called 'The Knowledge', which involves memorizing every single street in London. It takes around 2-4 years to train for. Pretty impressive!

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Pound Sterling
1€ = £0.86

icon DOCUMENTS

No Visa needed

icon COST OF LIVING

  • Transport: 2.91€ / £2.50
  • Pint of Beer: 5.83€ / £5.00
  • Restaurant: 17.49€ / £15.00
  • Cappuccino: 3.29€ / £2.82

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How are low-cost airlines so cheap?

The history behind low-cost airlines

Low-cost airlines first made their appearance in 1971 with Southwest Airlines. Following that, it was Ryanair's arrival in Europe that put the term ‘low-cost airline’ on the map. Today there are over 80 low-cost airline companies in the world, characterised by low prices, high frequency routes, short turnaround times and high productivity. The most popular low-cost airlines that fly to and from the UK are Ryanair, easyJet, Norwegian, Vueling and Wizz Air.

So how exactly do these airlines keep their prices so low? The answer is quite simple, they are able to offer attractive prices thanks to their cost cutting methods and optional add-ons.

Are they reliable and safe?

Although they do cut costs, they don’t cut back on safety. Importantly, the Federal Aviation Administration have confirmed that budget airlines are just as safe to fly on as any other airline.

Low-cost airlines are able to offer such attractive prices compared to other airlines due to:

Cutting costs

  • Seats are placed closer together, with less legroom. This allows more people to fit on the aircraft.
  • Money is saved on entertainment costs. For example, by not providing individual TV screens.
  • A standardised fleet of aircrafts allows the company to benefit from economies of scale.
  • The online check-in process reduces the need for staff, and is a way to charge extra to people who forget to do it.

Optional add-ons

  • Food and drinks are an extra charge once you’re on board.
  • Fees are charged for baggage allowance, such as putting a bag in the hold or carrying additional hand luggage.
  • You pay extra to choose a particular seat.
  • Depending on the card used, paying with a credit or debit cardmight incur an additional fee.
  • To avoid queues and ensure your bag doesn’t get put in the hold, you’ll be charged extra for priority boarding.

How much does it cost to go on a trip around the world?

There are many factors that affect what sort of budget you'll need for a round the world trip. The good news is that for many people, it's cheaper to be on the road than staying at home. Some things to consider before working out your budget:

Length and pace of travel

How long do you intend to spend on the road and how many places will you visit along the way? The more frequently you change location, the more money you'll spend.

Type of travel/accommodation

Are you set on a backpacker, low budget lifestyle for your trip, or are you more inclined to seek comfort and luxury?

Where you go

Undoubtedly, some countries are cheaper than others. If you're on a budget, try to spend the majority of your time in countries with a cheaper cost of living, and be concise with your time in the more expensive countries.

As a general rule, budget travellers and backpackers can expect to spend between €15,000 and €25,000 for a year spent travelling around the world.

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