£248 for this amazing cheap travel route!

The first of many budget friendly adventures we will be sharing!

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Are you ready for an epic journey that will take you to five incredible countries, including the stunning Maldives, all for an unbelievably low cost of £248 per person? Get ready to tick off some major bucket list destinations on this cheap travel route!

2 nights Sofia, Bulgaria

  • 🛫 Flight 1: November 2nd – London Luton to Sofia with Wizz Air for just £17pp: link here
  • ✈️ Departure: 08:45, Arrival: 13:55 (3h10m duration).

Kick off your journey by exploring the charming streets of Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital. Don’t forget to visit the stunning Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and indulge in some delicious Bulgarian cuisine!

Overnight stay in Abu Dhabi, UAE

  • 🛫 Flight 2: November 4th – Sofia to Abu Dhabi, with Wizz Air for only £43pp: link here
  • ✈️ Departure: 13:55, Arrival: 21:05 (5h10m duration).

At this point we will only spend the night here, ideally close to the airport, ready for our flight to the Maldives tomorrow! Don’t worry, we will spend more time here on the way back!

6 nights: 
Maldives on a Budget

  • 🏝️ Flight 3 and 4: November 5th to 11th – Return flights from Abu Dhabi to Male (Maldives) for just £133pp: link here
  • 🛫 Departure: 11:45, Arrival: 18:05 (5h20m duration) – Outbound.
  • 🛬 Departure: 19:00, Arrival: 23:40 (5h40m duration) – Return.

Experience a budget-friendly Maldives by staying in local guesthouses on inhabited islands. Enjoy affordable accommodation while snorkelling with manta rays, spotting reef sharks, and exploring vibrant coral reefs. Immerse yourself in authentic Maldivian culture, savour local cuisine, and engage with friendly locals. This way, you can relish the beauty of the Maldives without breaking the bank.

4 nights: Explore
UAE – Abu Dhabi and/or Dubai

Landing back in Abu Dhabi you can spend an amazing time here:

  • Visit to the awe-inspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque,
  • Explore the cultural wonders at Louvre Abu Dhabi.
  • Head to Yas Island for thrills at Ferrari World or  Warner Bros World.
  • Don’t miss the serene beauty of Yas Beach
  • Take a stroll along the Corniche
  • Enjoy shopping at Marina Mall
  • Immerse yourself in local heritage at Qasr Al Watan

Alternatively, take a short shuttle bus to Dubai (1h15m and less than £8 each way) for a different vibe:

  • Catch the dazzling Fountain Show and ascend the Burj Khalifa for breathtaking views
  • Shop at the Dubai Mall
  • Ride an abra across Dubai Creek
  • Experience a desert safari with sandboarding.
  • Explore Dubai’s Old Town in Al Bastakiya
  • Take a stroll in the Miracle Garden
  • Unwind at the stunning JBR Beach
  • Enjoy an evening at the Dubai Marina
  • Indulge in local flavours at traditional souks



4 nights: Aqaba, Jordan

  • 🛫 Flight 5: November 15th – Leaving Abu Dhabi to Aqaba with WizzAir for just £17pp: link here
  • ✈️ Departure: 06:00, Arrival: 08:40.

On the shores of the Red Sea, Aqaba in Jordan offers a captivating blend of history and natural beauty! Spend a day exploring the stunning rose-red city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover ancient Nabatean architecture and the iconic Treasury. Embark on a desert adventure in Wadi Rum, known as the Valley of the Moon, where you can go on jeep tours, hot air balloon rides, and even stay in Bedouin camps. Back in Aqaba, enjoy the pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and indulge in fresh seafood while watching the sunset over the Red Sea.


1 night:
Bergamo, Italy

  • 🛫 Flight 6: November 19th – Aqaba to Milan Bergamo with Ryanair for just £25pp: link here
  • ✈️ Departure: 22:35, Arrival: 01:10+1.

Spend the night in Bergamo, Italy. Start following morning with a walk through the enchanting Old Town (Città Alta), exploring historic squares and charming streets. Visit the stunning Piazza Vecchia, the majestic Bergamo Cathedral, and savour authentic Italian cuisine at a local trattoria for lunch.

Return to the UK

  • 🛫 Flight 7: November 20th – Milan Bergamo return to London Stansted with Ryanair for just £13pp: link here
  • ✈️ Departure: 18:45, Arrival: 19:50.

Return to London with unforgettable memories and stories to share!

The flights for this incredible 18-day adventure, and opportunities to explore amazing destinations, are currently just £248 per person. Don’t miss out on this budget-friendly bucket list journey! Book now and make your dreams a reality. ✨🌴🌆🌟

(Note: Prices and availability may vary, so be sure to check Skyscanner for the latest deals and details.)


Accommodation Suggestions

You can book 18 nights of accommodation in some lovely places for as little as £591.50pp!

2 nights Sofia, Bulgaria, 2nd – 4th November:

– Sofia Palace Hotel by HMG, 4 star £53pp: link here


Overnight AbuDhabi 4th – 5th November:

– Casa Shakhbout, £39pp: link here

– Premier Inn Abu Dhabi Airport: £52pp: link here


6 nights Maldives (Maafushi) 5th – 11th November:

Speedboat information and schedules here

– Merijaan Maldives, with Breakfast included: £156pp: link here

– Kaani Palm Beach, 4 star with Breakfast included: £336pp: link here


4 nts 11th to 15th November:

Abu Dhabi option:

– Corniche Hotel Abu Dhabi, 5 star, £158pp: link here

Dubai option:

– Ramada by Wyndham Dubai Barsha Heights, 4 star, £244pp: link here


4 nights Aqaba, Jordan: 15th – 19th November:

– Baity Boutique Hotel, 4 star, includes breakfast £128pp: link here


1 night Bergamo, Italy: 19th – 20th November

– BeB San Lorenzo, £57.50pp: link here

(Note: Prices based on 2 people sharing. Prices will fluctuate over time)


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