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Emma Dunn

Bargain hunter books eight holidays in one year after finding flights from £16

A woman has headed off on eight holidays in two years while spending less than £994 on the trips.

Anne-Marie Moss regularly heads off on mini-breaks that she fits in around her night shifts.

The 45-year-old mum-of-three got the bug to travel after finding a cheap steal to take her daughter, Trinity, 20, and her friends, Imogen, 24 and Tianna, 23 to Kraków, Poland, for the Christmas markets in December 2022 on £16 return flights.

Realising how easy it was to find quick getaways at bargain prices she set off a month later back to Kraków – this time reuniting with an old school friend of 30 years, Rachel, 44.

Since she’s travelled back to the same city taking new friends along the way – getting stuck in with activities such as kayaking, quad biking and cycling around the national park.

Anne-marie, Jill and Elisabeth enjoying a holiday drink (Anne-Marie Moss / SWNS)
She made a trip to Romania (Anne-Marie Moss / SWNS)

Anne-Marie recently spent 48-hours in Palma, Spain, having foot massages and watching a boat race in March 2023 - which cost £110 each - and already has her next trip planned for May.

The mum makes sure to rigorously plan the jam-packed holidays – and always ensures she is back in time for her night shift as a receptionist at a mental health hospital.

In total she has spent £994 on eight breaks over the past two years.

Anne-Marie, from Accrington, Greater Manchester, said: “I’m often hopping off the flight and heading straight to my shift.

“I sleep on the plane home. It started off when I found £16 return flights to go to Kraków, Poland.

“I fell in love with it. After we came back home, I wanted to travel again.

“We just came back from 24 hour in Palma, Spain. It was about £110 each in total.

“It’s cheaper than going round Manchester.”

Anne-Marie fell in love with short holidays after taking her daughter, Trinity, and her friends to Kraków, Poland in December 2021, visiting the Christmas markets, Auschwitz and the salt mines.

She said: “We got an apartment for £100 for two nights and it was right in the city centre. The snow was picturesque.”

Desperate to go back, Anne-Marie invited her pal, Rachel, along with her in March 2022 after seeing a Facebook post about her wanting to travel.

Anne-Marie has dabbled in kayaking (Anne-Marie Moss / SWNS)
Anne-Marie and Rachel in the mountains (Anne-Marie Moss / SWNS)

She said: “I hadn’t seen her in 30 years but I said, ‘shall we go for it?’ It was last minute, and we got £35 return flight.”

The pair went to the Tantra Mountains, Poland, and visited the thermal spa.

They loved it so much they returned less than a month later and went kayaking, quad biking and cycling, packing it all into 48 hours and spending just £120.

Anne-Marie has been three times since, while also spending two nights in Bucharest, Romania, in February 2023 with Jill, and Elisabeth, 50.

She said: “We went to the castles and thermae spa. It was fabulous.

“It cost us £116 each in total.”

The shift worker just got back from 24 hours Palma, Spain, last month after jetting off with Jill and her work pal – Heather, 40.

Anne-Marie said: “It was about £110 each with flights and taxis. I’ve made new friendship groups along the way.”

Anne-Marie already has her next trips planned - with Jill, Elisabeth and Rachel - to escape to Marseille, France, for 48 hours in May.

They have planned to kayak around the coast and take a cruise – spending £29 each on return flights.

The mum usually takes her trips mid-week and books the first flight possible and the latest one back to make sure they make the most of the time they have.

She said: “I work shift work, so I usually go mid-week. I try and get an early flight out and then try and get the last flight home.

“We just have backpacks.”

Anne-Marie is always happy for more women to join in on their travels.

She said: “As long as you're nice and up for an adventure come along. You’ve got to be up for things.

“We don’t relax by the pool.”

She has enjoyed numerous trips to Krakow (NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Anne-Marie’s 48-hour escapes

December 2021 – Kraków - £16 flights each, £100 accommodation - £25 each
March 2022 – Kraków – £35 flights, £50 accommodation
April 2022 – Kraków and Tantra Mountains – £35 flights, £90 hotel, £120 on activities
May 2022 - Tantra Mountains for three days - £120 each
June 2022 – Kraków and Tantra Mountains – £22 flights, £120 each on activities
Dec - Tantra Mountains – £35 flights, Accommodation - £100
Feb 2023 – Bucharest, Romania – £116
March – Palma - £110
Total: £994

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