RTW itinerary

We travelled around the world from May to November 2013. Here’s a rough outline of our route:
map rtw travel trip itinerary route nzmuse

Curious about the financial side of a RTW trip? Here’s a little about funding and setting a RTW budget and our total RTW expenditure. Our travel style is budget comfortable – we’re frugal but not hardcore backpackers.

Or dive into more by each region:

NZMUSE RTW ASIA POSTS

NZMUSE RTW EUROPE POSTS

NZMUSE RTW USA POSTS

Would I do it over again? In a heartbeat.

Would I do a second RTW trip? Yes, but probably a shorter one, and moving a lot slower.


Here are some of my favourite travel photographs, and my 10 top travel highlights.

nzmuse travel photo collage

As for my thoughts on coming home and settling down after long-term travel, you’ll find those here.

Below is my original travel bucket list from 2009. Click on images for the source.

Staycation on Waiheke (fixated on the idea ever since seeing these packages)

Stay in a spa room at the Duxton Hotel

Go snorkelling

Camp by the Kai Iwi Lakes

Road trip of the South Island

Skiing in Queenstown


Visit a Pacific Island


Go on a cruise

AMERICA

Visit NYC


See Las Vegas


Visit the Grand Canyon


…and California

DC

Eat Cajun food in Louisiana and cheese steak in Philly

Boston

Old street in Boston

Seattle

Portland

Also, Vancouver!

EUROPE

Live it up in London

Gorge and sight-see in Italy

Ditto for France

Germany

Brandenburg Gate

Greece/Santorini

Spain

ASIA

a trip back to Malaysia (and maybe Singapore) for eating and shopping

Thailand

Hong Kong

Japan

AUSTRALIA

The Whitsundays / Great Barrier Reef

Melbourne

Sydney

Gold Coast (theme parks!!!)

AND…

Galapagos

Niue

20 thoughts on “RTW itinerary

  1. I love this idea!! I have a constant case of wanderlust, and seeing your travel list here with the photos are really inspiring. Heading to Tokyo in a month!

    PS – Love your blog.

  2. Great idea for a bucket list! I think mind would be ridiculously long!
    One is to “go to new zealand”! =)

    I was only there for a stopover, but it seems way nicer than Australia (don’t tell the Aussies I said that!)

  3. New Orleans is amazing to visit and eat drink amazing food. Seriously a central market muffaletta is fantastic. Las Vegas seems depressing to me but I do get the attraction to the bright lights. Berlin and Munich were fantastic. Southern Spain (Granada, Sevilla, Malaga) is gorgeous anytime of year (I lived there for a year of study). You might love Portugal, especially Lagos. Great Travel bucket list!

    Disfrute de la vida!

  4. This is a great list! I’ve been to some of these places (Italy, France, Boston and others) and would dearly love to go to others (the Galapagos). I’ve just been to Niue and started my travel blog by writing a bit about it. All I can say is, it’s a must visit place, particularly if you love snorkelling. I recommend the Limu Pools.

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