My 9th Annual Round the World Trip Starts…Now!

Rose Bowl Pasadena California

It’s that time of year again! The college football season has come to an end and I’m ready to set off on my 9th annual round the world trip.

Originally, I had planned to kick-off Round the World #9 in the Caribbean with a few days in the Cayman Islands just after the New Year. However, my favorite team (the Florida State University Seminoles) threw me a delightful curve ball by going undefeated this season and making it to the National Championship game for the first time in 14 years.

Since my Dad and I both went to FSU, we couldn’t pass up a chance to attend the game in Pasadena, California on January 6th. So I scrapped my Caribbean plans and squeezed in a 3-day trip to California with my parents to see the game. I figure you can go to the Caribbean anytime…but how often do you get the opportunity to see your team win a National Championship?

And luckily, they won last night making the entire trip worthwhile. Unfortunately, not only did I miss out on a stop in the Caymans, there was no way to push back the flight to my 2nd stop – Cape Town, South Africa – because I was super lucky to get the flights in the first place.

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So, after getting back from the game after midnight last night, I took a 6am flight back to Atlanta this morning, spent a few precious hours at home frantically packing before heading back to the airport tonight for the first of two redeyes to get me to South Africa.

But, cry me a river, right? I may be tired but I’m about to head around the world for six weeks! So, let’s get on to the important stuff…like where I’ll be taking you all with me (virtually, that is) for the next month or so.

This year’s itinerary is heavily focused in southern Africa and Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia and Indonesia. It includes two cruises from South Africa with MSC Cruise Lines – to Namibia and Mozambique, two countries I’m incredibly excited about visiting.

I think perhaps ESPN sent me to too many bitter cold college towns this football season because all I could think about while planning RTW #9 was getting to a tropical island somewhere. So that’s pretty much what I’ll be doing for most of the second half of the trip. Here’s what the entire itinerary looks like as of departure day today:

Stop #1 – A Day in Paris

Stop #2 – Swaziland, Africa

Stop #3 – Cape Town, South Africa

Stop #4 – Namibia & the Skeleton Coast

Stop #5 – Durban, South Africa

Stop #6 – Lesotho (hopefully)

Stop #7 – Mozambique

Stop #8 – Malawi

Stop #9 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Stop #10 – Kuching, Malaysian Borneo

Stop #11 – Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Borobudur)

Stop #12 – Sulawesi, Indonesia

Stop #13 – Bali, Indonesia

Stop #14 – Lombok, Indonesia

Stop #15 – Jakarta, Indonesia

Stop #16 – Nadi, Fiji

I can’t wait to get this year’s adventure underway…artfully dancing around the globe avoiding all traces of a North American winter is my favorite passtime (winter is highly overrated).

Sand and sunshine, here I come! But first, I’m hoping for a little sleep on tonight’s flight to Paris and looking forward to spending the day tomorrow enjoying one of my favorite cities in the world on a 12-hour layover in the City of Lights.

Next stop, Paris!


  1. Hi Jenny. I just found your blog and have spent hours reading through it already. I am so impressed at all your travels. My husband and I love to travel and after using your link to the TCC’s web page have been to 17 countries. We are looking forward to many many more! Thanks for sharing your love of traveling and all your adventures, tips, and tricks. Safe travels!

    1. Hi Kathy! Thanks so much for reading and especially for taking the time to comment. I’m so glad you are enjoying the blog, it really is a labor of love. It’s funny how addictive travel can be, isn’t it? Sounds like you and your husband have made a great start and have many more adventures still to come! Happy travels! 🙂

  2. Hi Jenny-

    Best wishes and Godspeed. I am planning a RTW trip in a year or 2 within the month time frame. I will be curious to see which lessons translate from a pretty young professional woman to a 62 yr old guy with gray hair!!

    1. Haha, thanks Tim!! Greetings from Cape Town! Good for you, I bet the trip you’re planning will be amazing. I learn something new every time I do this so I hope my lessons help you and others who are planning RTW trips. I’m convinced there is no better way to travel! 🙂

  3. Say hi to the giraffes for me! Congrats on Noles win!

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