After months of planning, the day is finally here! This afternoon, I’ll depart for my 7th Annual Round the World trip! As I’ve said before, 30 days is more a guideline than a rule and this year’s trip will top the calendar scale at 45 days (thanks, primarily, to award seat availability in and out of the U.S. – but who am I to complain?). It will also be my most ambitious itinerary yet with 19 stops in 16 countries (increasing my current country count from 105 to 115). Like previous trips, most of the stops are new to me but there are a few favorites that I never miss when “in the neighborhood” (like Paris, Bangkok & Auckland). Two of this year’s stops are hard to reach destinations that have been on my wish list for years (Easter Island and Maldives) and thanks to creative flight routings, this is the year I will finally get there! I’m also happy to report that one of my very good friends, Susan, will be joining me for two weeks in the middle of the trip (meeting me in Paris and flying home from Hong Kong).
Without further adieu…here’s the complete itinerary:
Round the World #7 – The 2012 Itinerary
Jan 11-16 Easter Island, Chile
Jan 16-18 Santiago, Chile
Jan 19-24 Malta
Jan 25-27 Mauritius, Indian Ocean
Jan 27-28 Reunion Island, Indian Ocean
Jan 29 Paris, France
Jan 30 Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Jan 31-Feb 3 Maldives, Indian Ocean
Feb 3-4 Sri Lanka
Feb 5-7 Koh Samui, Thailand
Feb 7-9 Bangkok, Thailand
Feb 9-12 Hong Kong & Macau
Feb 13-14 Melbourne, Australia
Feb 14-15 Hobart, Tasmania
Feb 16-19 Queenstown, New Zealand
Feb 20-22 Vanuatu
Feb 22 Auckland, New Zealand
Feb 23 Seoul, South Korea
Feb 24 Back home in Atlanta, GA!
If you have travel tips or must-sees for any of the above destinations, I’d love to hear them. Tonight, I’ll be starting my trip with a flight to Lima and an overnight layover at the airport before flying on to Easter Island tomorrow. I hope you’ll all follow along as I attempt to see even more of the world – one month at a time!