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A MUM has revealed how she jets off on 48-hour adventures by bagging flights for as little as £16 – before making it back in time for her nightshifts.

Anne-Marie Moss, 45, has taken eight short trips over the last two years – spending just £994 on all her return flights and accommodation.

The mum-of-three got the travel bug after finding a cheap deal to take her daughter, Trinity and her two friends to Kraków, Poland, for the Christmas markets in December 2021 for £16 return.

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.

She's since travelled back to the same city taking new friends along the way and trying activities such as kayaking, quad biking and cycling around the national park.

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

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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.

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 hours in Palma.

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"It was about £110 each in total.

"It's cheaper than going round Manchester."

Anne-Marie fell in love with the short holidays after her first trip to Poland, where she visited 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.

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 flights."

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 – packed all into 48 hours for just £120.

Anne-Marie has been three times since – taking friend Jill and her family in May and June 2022 and her twin sister, Donna and their daughters, Trinity, and Jasmine, 21, in December last year.

She said: "Jill couldn't come the first time we had planned to as her passport had expired.

"So, I still took her family. I booked a surprise visit in June so she could go.

"We belly laughed the whole time."

Anne-Marie spent two nights in Bucharest, Romania, in February 2023 with Jill, and Elisabeth, 50.

She said: "We went to the castles and thermal 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.

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 her 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."

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