Richard Quest goes round the world in 8 days on low-cost airlines
(CNN)Ten airlines, nine countries, eight days, one journey.
Those are the vital statistics that cover the round-the-world trip Richard Quest undertook this month.
Oh, one more twist.
He did 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.
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Spiced-up perks, more benefits and long-haul routes are changing what has long been a largely utilitarian field, Quest adds.
The budget marathon began and ended in London, with Quest making his first stops in Belgium and the Czech Republic before going east to the United Arab Emirates.
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From there, he made a leap across the Indian Ocean to Sri Lanka, then on to Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.
Flying over the Pacific Ocean, he reached Hawaii before heading to Los Angeles and then New York.
The final leg took him back to London.
Adventure finished on March 20
During his visit to Sri Lanka, Quest meets the prime minister, tries local food, and dips his toes in the Indian Ocean.