RTW #7 – The 2012 Round the World Itinerary

RTW #7: Lounges, Retreats & Business Class Seats
Ahu Tongariki Easter Island Chile

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As the end of the year draws near, I have finally nailed down the itinerary 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 round the world 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!  Without further adieu…here’s the complete itinerary:

Round the World #7 – The 2012 Itinerary (Departing January 10th)

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 any travel tips or must-sees for any of the above destinations, I’d love to hear them. Just two weeks to go, now. I hope you’ll all follow along as I attempt to see even more of the world – one month at a time!