This guy is flying around the world for $2,400, and you can, too

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Who said flying around the world has to be expensive? One man is in the midst of an 8-day journey across the globe – with stops in nine different countries – and he's doing it for less than $2,400 in airfare.

That's roughly half of what you'd pay if you circumnavigated the globe using traditional airlines, but Richard Quest, the recently appointed editor-at-large at CNN Money and longtime aviation correspondent for CNN, has pocketed significant savings by booking the cheapest economy tickets he could find with 10 low-cost airlines — including Ryanair and Air Arabia — and opting to pass on pricey airline food.

"These airlines have democratized flying, and are now the backbone of short-haul travel in Europe, Asia and America," Quest said.

Quest's airline tickets totaled $2,345 for his 8-day trip around the world, including stops in Los Angeles, New York City, London, Brussels, Prague, Dubai, Colombo, Singapore, Sydney and Honolulu. Quest started his trip in London.

Quest would have paid $4,227 to fly across the globe with Star Alliance carriers (which includes Lufthansa and United Airlines) and $4,606 by flying with Sky Team (which includes Delta, Air France and KLM), CNN said.

Quest's most costly flight on the trip is the leg from Los Angeles to New York, which cost $482 with JetBlue. The cheapest leg of the trip is flying from London to Brussels for a mere $24 with Easy Jet.

"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," Quest explained.

You can follow Quest's globe-trotting adventure here.

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This guy is flying around the world for $2,400, and you can, too

1. Calculate your expected fuel cost before your trip. It’s always wise to get an accurate estimation of how much to budget for gas beforehand. GasBuddy's fuel calculator is an excellent tool to get an expected price point. Just enter your vehicle information, startpoint and endpoint, and the app will calculate how much you’ll spend.

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2. Don’t fuel up near popular areas. You’ll find inflated gas prices near popular tourist destinations and metropolitan areas, so it’s worth venturing to the town over for more affordable prices. For example, gas costs on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway in California are considerably higher than the stations a few miles off the main highway.

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3. Fill up your tank at truck stops. You'll often find the cheapest gas prices here. 

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4. Download gas apps. Apps like GasBuddy and GasGuru come in handy by computing the cheapest station in relation to your current location.

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5. Drive efficiently to save gas costs. These 5 fuel-efficient tips are proven to maintain a full tank longer:

           1. Turn off your AC

2. Engage cruise control in low-traffic areas

3. Avoid rapid acceleration and braking

4. Inflate tires close to maximum

5. Avoid speeding

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6. Travel with friends. Traveling with a few buddies is an efficient (and fun) way to save cash by splitting the cost of a tank.

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7. Grocery shop in advance. Pack water and snacks beforehand in a cooler -- inflated convenience store prices will eat away at your budget.

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8. Bring reusable water bottles. Filling up a water bottle is cheaper than buying a Poland Spring at every stop.

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9. Buy fountain drinks over bottled drinks. If you’re craving a Mountain Dew, fountain drinks give you a better bang for your buck over bottled soda.

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Use Yelp: Download Yelp on your phone to see the best restaurant offers in your area.

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11. Take advantage of restaurant deals. Chances are there will be tons of chain restaurants along the way, so use sites like Groupon and GiftCardGranny to get a deal on the road.

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12. Load up on free coffee and breakfast from hotels for the road. Take advantage of a free meal and avoid Starbucks and other expensive coffee shops.

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13. Avoid staying in popular areas. Tourist-driven and metropolitan areas are often paired with inflated prices, so find a place to sleep in surrounding towns.

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14. Check out sites like Airbnb, Tripadvisor, and Kayak to score the best low-cost lodging deals.

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15. Rent a car. If you don’t own your own vehicle, renting a car beforehand for as cheap as $22 a day on sites like ExpediaHotwire, and Travelocity can be a great deal.

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16. Alert your bank. Sometimes banks will deem charges in new cities as fraudulent and cancel your cards.

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17. Stick to budget-friendly activities. Some ideas include hiking national parks, visiting beaches and checking out a town’s culture by walking the streets and venturing into a street fair.

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18. Take advantage of student discounts. If you’re currently a student, bring your student ID for maximum discounts.

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19. Download road trip planning apps. Apps like Roadtrippers are a great way to help plan and finance your new excursion.

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