I can’t believe it’s true but after nearly 3 months of globetrotting around the world we have finally reached the last stop on this epic honeymoon adventure. And what a last stop it is, the postcard-perfect South Pacific honeymoon paradise of French Polynesia.
An overseas collectivity of France, these 118 islands and atolls stretch lazily across the South Pacific Ocean covering more than 1,200 miles. French Polynesia is divided into 5 island groups, the most famous of which are the Society Islands which includes Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea.
And while Tahiti and Bora Bora are more familiar names to most people, Moorea has always been a particular favorite of mine. So, of course, I knew it would be the perfect place to end our incredible honeymoon in style.Read More
With a blissful week in Fiji behind us, it was time to return to winter in the Southern hemisphere. All but one of my previous trips to New Zealand have been during the sunny summertime months of January and February. And while the North Island has generally mild winters, we wanted to give ourselves the best chance of the warmest temperatures so we decided to focus on the northernmost part of the North Island – the Bay of Islands – for our New Zealand stop.
Made up of 144 subtropical islands, the Bay of Islands is known for the beauty of its untouched beaches and the historical significance of its many Maori cultural artifacts. Just a 3 hour drive north of Auckland, it’s a popular destination for both Kiwis and international tourists alike.
The Maori were the first settlers in New Zealand, arriving in canoes nearly 1,000 years ago. The first European to sight the country was a Dutchman but it was the British who later made New Zealand part of their empire with the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. The treaty established British law and is considered the founding document of New Zealand. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the treaty was signed, is one of the most significant historical attractions in the Bay of Islands.Read More
With our amazing couple of days in Sydney complete, it was time to warm up in the South Pacific. We had originally considered spending more time in Australia but ultimately decided to trade winter in Australia for a more tropical locale…like the sandy shores of Fiji. And honestly, when you’re this close to Fiji, how can you not stop by?
In my previous visits to the islands I’d stayed on the main island of Nadi, either at the Sheraton Fiji or the lovely Westin Denarau Villas. From the resort area of Denarau it was easy to make day trips out to the Yasawa or Mamanuca Islands (the real draw in Fiji), but I’d always wanted to try actually staying on one of those gorgeously remote outer islands.Read More
I love Australia. Kangaroos, koalas, beaches, mountains, reefs; and to top it off, friendly locals with adorable accents. Oh right, and more things that can kill you than any other country and/or continent in the world…but who’s counting? Pythons swallowing crocodiles, dingoes eating sharks (I kid you not, I saw an actual photo of this), yes it’s a virtual predator free-for-all Down Under.
What’s not to love? Everyone likes an adventure.
The magnificent city of Sydney is the shining jewel of the southern hemisphere (and noticeably absent of predators) so I never miss a chance to stop by, even if it’s just for a few days. But since my darling husband had yet to venture to the Land of Oz it was an absolute must-do on our Round-the-World honeymoon journey.Read More
Though I pass through South Korea on nearly every Round-the-World trip thanks to Korean Air’s membership in the Skyteam Alliance, I’d technically only visited once, on Round-the–World #1. Since it was January on that trip, Seoul was bitter cold and I was fashionably ill-equipped to survive outside my hotel for more than an hour or two at a time. Needless, to say, I didn’t see much of Seoul and I’ve always wanted to go back.
And with this trip falling over the summer months, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for further exploration of South Korea. Dave had spent a year of his military career based just outside of Seoul so he was also excited to return and see more of the country than just the area around his army base.Read More
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to go back to India. My last visit wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement for a return trip. Let me take you back 9 years…
It was my first Round-the-World trip. The Taj Mahal was near the top of my list as far as world monuments go, I was so excited to see it. I’d planned a short stay, less than 24 hours, but my goal was simply the Taj and I knew I’d have plenty of time to make the journey to Agra and back.
But a few weeks before departure I discovered (quite by accident) that the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays – the lone day I would be in the country. For some reason, the tour company with whom I booked the car, driver and guide had neglected to point out this seemingly important fact. With flights that were impossible to change at this point without a complete upheaval of my entire itinerary, I decided to make the trip anyway. Though I knew I’d be limited to views of this ancient world wonder from across the river, I figured it was better than nothing.Read More
For the third stop on our RTW trip, we are headed to Scotland! We have 4 nights and 5 days to spend in the UK and while most people could easily spend that amount of time just exploring Scotland, I of course strive to see as much as possible in the UK while we’re there so I have a bit more of an ambitious itinerary in mind…the great UK road trip!
When I explained my road trip plans to my friend Jill (who lives in London) she told me I was crazy to try driving around the UK in just 5 days. And, to be fair, she’s not the first person to call my travel plans crazy. And she’s probably not wrong. I am, after all, the person who visited 13 countries in 30 days on my first RTW trip (I like to think I’ve mellowed a bit since then).Read More