This has been a much debated topic on the forums and so we have decided to dedicate a new forum to it. Those of you who have experience travelling around the world, we look forward to hearing from you in this forum
Perhaps we could start with an RTW ice-breaker.
What was your last RTW trip and what were the highlights?
Ah, there it is finally... Nice one.
My last real round the world flight was a NL-Aus-NZ-Hawaii-West USA-NL trip back in 98/99. The flight was Air New Zealand and at that time they had a great deal considering the dates I was flying.
The highlights of that trip.... Australia for sure with Fraser/Byron and the Whitsundays ranking especially high.
Oahu Hawaii is always special and a nice relaxing stop but the 4 weeks travelling around the west of the US was also super. I had some friends fly over to Hawaii so they joined me at the tail end of my trip and we had a blast for the 4/5 weeks of travelling left.... very cool.
Personally I would recommend everyone do an RTW, the 'mother of all trips', at least once in their lifetime An awesome experience!!!
I will start my second rtw-trip, lasting 3 weeks only, on March 5, 2004: Amsterdam-Auckland-Papeete(Tahiti)-Easter Island-Santiago-Sao Paulo-Amsterdam, with a ticket from the OneWorld-alliance (a.o. BA, Cathay, Lan Chile). I will follow on, on a separate ticket, to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
My first rtw-trip, during 2 weeks was for business purposes with some tourist elements and had the following schedule: Amsterdam-Singapore-Sydney-Los Angeles-New York-Amsterdam, with a combined Singapore Airlines, United Airlines and Air New Zeeland-ticket. I found sailing in the vicinity of Sydney one of the highlights of that trip. Relaxing over lunch or dinner at one of the Quays at Singapore River is always nice.
We have done three RWT trips, highlights are Fiji and the people, New Zealand North and South Islands North Island - top to bottom
· Waitangi - where the treaty was signed between maori and Queen Victoria's representative
· Russell, Bay of Islands - original capital of New Zealand, hole in the rock boat cruise
· Dargaville - Kauri museum and forests - huge redwoods like California
· Rotorua - thermal activity, boiling mud, geysers etc
· Taupo - large lake for Watersports and trout fishing
· National Park - hiking and mountain (can ski in Winter)
· Napier / Hastings - wine country
· Wellington - Capital - Te Papa museum and cultural activities
· Nelson - hiking and pottery
· Blenheim - more wine country
· Kaikoura - whale watching - try the crayfish - it's what its named after
· Christchurch - access to Mt Cook for skiing, Akaroa - french community
· Various mountain resorts for ski-ing
· Queenstown - home of the winter festival and lots of backpackers!
· Wanaka - like queenstown but more upmarket
· Dunedin - oldest university
· Invercargill - famous for oysters
, Yanchep National Park. Perth, Australia being taught by an aboriginal to throw a spear and a boomerang properly and of course North Thailand, Chaing Mai and hill walking with elephant trekking and river rafting.