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 setting a RTW budget (including how we pulled it off in cash)Β and our total RTW expenditure.Β Our travel style is budget comfortable – we’re frugal but not hardcore backpackers.

Or dive into more by each region (click through on each image):




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


Visit NYC

See Las Vegas

Visit the Grand Canyon

…and California


Eat Cajun food in Louisiana and cheese steak in Philly


Old street in Boston



Also, Vancouver!


Live it up in London

Gorge and sight-see in Italy

Ditto for France


Brandenburg Gate




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


Hong Kong



The Whitsundays / Great Barrier Reef



Gold Coast (theme parks!!!)




21 thoughts on “RTW itinerary

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  • Reply laura@nomorespending April 14, 2010 at 02:55

    I love your travel bucket list ‘with pictures’ what a great way to do it πŸ™‚

  • Reply Robin July 29, 2010 at 17:01

    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.

  • Reply youngandthrifty September 30, 2010 at 18:05

    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!)

  • Reply retirebyforty October 15, 2010 at 17:25

    Wow, I love your travel bucket list. Do you mind if I steal it? There are too many US cities on here though. I would skip Vegas and go for Paris, London, Venice. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Sense October 21, 2010 at 18:58

    Hmmm…I didn’t know about the Kai Iwi lakes until I saw this list!! Looks AWESOME. I’m totally adding that to my list! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sandy @ yesiamcheap November 2, 2010 at 17:43

    If you’re ever in NY, look a girl up!

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  • Reply Funny about Money January 8, 2011 at 15:11

    Add “hike the Milford Sound”? Or have you already done that.

    NZ is so, so, SO beautiful!!!!!

    • Reply eemusings January 8, 2011 at 15:53

      That kind of falls under “south island road trip”, along with many many other things πŸ˜€

  • Reply Brian Gerald January 8, 2011 at 19:26

    Come to DC or NYC and you’ve got yourself a tour guide!

  • Reply Jay March 4, 2011 at 23:34

    NYC is awesome!!! You should definitely visit it!! πŸ™‚

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  • Reply K May 18, 2012 at 16:21

    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!

  • Reply denisediscovers July 13, 2012 at 12:58

    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.

  • Reply Janine January 14, 2013 at 10:58

    Oooo! I want to go to all the places you mentioned and more!

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  • Reply D Thomas Clark August 7, 2019 at 16:41

    Yay, Vancouver, WA! I came from there and now live in Invercargill, looking forward to exploring the new country!

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