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1. Posted by craiglatham (Budding Member 2 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

Myself and my wife have decided next year is the year to travel the world. We are travel enthusiasts and travel as often as we can, but due to work commitments, been unable to take a long duration of at one time.

We are planning on 3 months - possibly push to 4 if need be. Our list below shows what we have listed down. I appreciate time in places may alter and maybe a few destinations will be skipped, but if you have any ideas and if you think the trip would be possible, then any help would be much appreciated. I have accounted for additional days for flights etc too.

Fly from London
Boston 4 nights
Chicago - 3nights
Miami/F.Laurendale - 6nights
New Orleans - 3nights
Calgary - Banff/Lake Louise - 5nights
Vancouver/Whistler - 5/6nights
LA - 2nights
Hawaii - 6nights
Auckland/Rotarua - 6nights
Melbourne - 4nights
Brisbane - 4nights
Cairns - 4nights
Tokyo - 4nights
Hong Kong/Macau - 6nights
Hanoi - 4nights
14 nights - Thailand - Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui
3 nights - Bangkok
Fly back to London.

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2205 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Lots of one way flights.

Choose airlines you have a frequent flyer affiliation with. Looks like you will rack up beaucoup FF miles!

Have more than one debit card with you. Same for credit cards. Very easy to lose or damage a single debit card. Same for credit cards.

Make copies of your passport data page and keep them separate from your passport. (Some travelers keep copies in email form that they can pull up.) This might help you at your embassy if you lose or damage your passport. Safeguard your passport and keep it dry. Doesn't sound like you are young kids on their own who treat passports carelessly. (Some tourists keep copies of their flight itineraries saved on their laptops for easy reference.)

Some travel insurance good for hospitals and other medical care might come in handy if you are injured.

Best of luck.

3. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 737 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

It mostly looks rather rushed to me. 3/4 months isn't much time at all for a real RTW journey, and this one is more like a round half the world trip.
All except the last 3 weeks are in relatively expensive places to travel, so I can see why you're not spending much time anywhere up to then, but there's more to see in most of those places than a few nights will allow.

You could easily spend all 4 months travelling the states,
Similarly Canada and Australia are worth a bit more than 2 weeks each...
you're planning a lot in only 17 nights in Thailand, but only one city and 4 nights in Vietnam...

On top of this, your itinerary doesn't really allow for quiet days needed for jet-lag or just plain illness (under the weather etc).

If all you can manage is 3 or 4 months and you have a sufficient budget then I'd suggest you just concentrate on a few areas and cut down the transit times.
Some people seem to consider travelling like an endurance event where they need to travel so hard and fast that they don't relax until they get home. They end up with more stories about transport failures than actual locations and more photos than real experience of places...
IMO If you're not careful that could happen to you..

4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1433 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Really really don't bother with 6 nights in New Zealand and just seeing the Auckland area. It’s the best country on your list and a crying shame to not see it properly - save it for a time you can see it properly.

5. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 737 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Quoting craiglatham

next year is the year to travel the world.

Also, you don't mention when you're planning to travel.
When you've decided when, then check the what weather is likely to be like when you'll be there.
Summer in the Canada is wet season in S.E. Asia and winter in Australia/NZ.
You can simplify your packing by just travelling in areas that have the same/not dissimilar weather season during your visit.

6. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 154 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

I think it's more than possible. But I am a "fast" traveler. The cheapest way probably would be with 'around the world' ticket with one of the airline alliances such as Star Alliance, One World, Sky Team etc. For a shorter trips in between you can pick-up a cheap low cost flights (especially in Asia or even in US), but this is outside your 'round the world' ticket.

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1142 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

I'd avoid those 'round-the-world tickets since they come with restrictions that will affect your flexibility. Plus, you'll save money if you used either one-way or multi-destination tickets. But you'll need to do some advance planning.

Suggest you tweak your itinerary. Your idea to fly from Los Angeles to Hawaii and then to Australia/New Zealand and Asia before going home is OK. I recently looked at flights from LAX to HNL to BNE and discovered that I could get a one-way fare as low as US$278 on Hawaiian Airlines (from LAX to BNE).

AirAsia X offers a "fifth freedom" fare from Honolulu to Osaka (KIX) for as low as US$131. The flight continues to Kuala Lumpur. So that's an option, too. Unfortunately, Scoot is discontinuing its low-cost flights from Honolulu to Osaka and Singapore next June. Scoot is owned by Singapore Airlines.

There are lots of possible routings. Check them out.

8. Posted by craiglatham (Budding Member 2 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Many thanks for all the above information m.

We have tweaked a few destinations and allowed an additional month so we allow for additional times with flights and give ourselves abit more time in certain destinations.

Many thanks again.

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