Initial Round The World Itinerary

After discussing the idea of a taking a year off to travel the world, time to get planning!

Phase I – Dream List

  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • Uruguay
  • Brazil
  • Morocco
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Jordan
  • UAE
  • Bhutan
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Vietnam
  • Hong Kong
  • China
  • Japan

Our dream list above was already revised a few times. For example, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe,  Scandinavia, Nepal and Taiwan were on the list but we swapped that for Spain, Morocco, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Jordan. I so wanted to add France, Croatia and Egypt, but alas, too little time, too much world!

Resources:

I have been keeping a bucket list for a long time which I reference (and add to!) often. I also love travel blogs – my favorite right now being Earth Trekkers, World Travel Family and Where’s Sharon.

Lastly, researching RTW (round-the-world) trips I read that, generally, people do 15-20 countries, though I have seen as high as 35! We want to stay under the 25 country range.

What’s Next:

We know we cannot see it all so next we will drill down to the ‘must do’ list within each country to prioritize time and budget, and still leave a lot of unplanned time in between.

I anticipate that will give us an opportunity to better plan budget, which will inevitably make us further refine the plan when we realize how pricey that initial dream is (OR it will give me a travel hacking plan challenge to occupy myself with for the next year or two! :)).

Where would you go if you could travel for a year? Any recommendations on the above?

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