Julie Itinerary, RTW 62 Comments

In 2014 and 2015, we spent 13 months traveling around the world. If you are considering long-term travel and need some inspiration, or just want to find out what we did, here is our around the world itinerary.

An Overview of our Trip


Duration: 13 months, 396 days
Countries visited: 35
Continents: 5
Distance traveled: 87,314 miles

Our Around the World Itinerary Map

Nine of the 13 months were spent in Asia. We had several reasons for doing this. Asia is one of the cheaper places to travel through, so our money could go farther here, helping us stick to our budget. Second, it takes a long time to travel to Asia from the east coast of the USA, so we wanted to explore this region thoroughly while we had the luxury of time. And finally, there is SO MUCH to see in Asia, a continent that was brand new to us before starting this around the world trip.

We spent less time in more expensive countries, such as Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Japan did not even make it on our original itinerary simply because it can be so expensive, but we did end up adding it in, anyway. It was a great decision; Japan is now one of our favorite countries.

We did not visit South America on this itinerary. For one thing, we ran out of time. Plus, it’s fairly easy to fly from the US to South America, so we could visit this continent once we were home again.

Our Around the World Itinerary

New York City – June 29, 2014

From Maryland, we took the Bolt Bus to New York City. In Times Square, we snapped a family photo and then boarded our flight to Europe. Hello world, here we come!

Copenhagen, Denmark – June 30

We landed in Copenhagen and had a six hour layover before our flight to Rome, Italy. This was just enough time for lunch in Nyhavn and before we knew it, we were on our way to Rome.

Our route through Europe

Europe Itinerary Map

Italy and The Vatican – July 1 to July 25

         Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii
         Siena and Tuscany
         Cinque Terre

Since we traveled as a family, we had to adjust to being with each other every moment of the day. We wanted to get into this new groove of traveling in a place that felt somewhat familiar to us. For us, this “familiar” place was Europe. We did not want to deal with culture shock, exotic locales, and a new style of traveling all at once, so Italy made it as our first destination of the trip.


Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein – July 25 to August 6

         Berchtesgaden, Germany
         Salzburg, Austria
         Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
         Innsbruck, Austria
         Rothenburg, Germany
         Munich, Germany

After spending several days in Berchtesgaden, Germany, we made Garmisch-Partenkirchen our home base. From here we explored Liechtenstein (with a very brief visit to the unexciting town of Buchs, Switzerland), Innsbruck, Austria, and Rothenburg, Germany. From Munich we flew to Africa, to a brand new continent for us.


Our route through Southern Africa

Southern Africa Itinerary Map

Southern Africa – August 7 to September 17

         Johannesburg, South Africa
         Francistown, Botswana
         Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia
         Chobe National Park, Botswana
         Mlilwane Animal Sanctuary, Swaziland
         Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
         Kruger National Park, South Africa
         St. Lucia and iSimangaliso National Park, South Africa
         Drakensburg, South Africa
         The Sani Pass & Lesotho
         Addo Elephant Park, South Africa
         Garden Route: Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn, Hermanus
         Cape Town

For six weeks, we toured southern Africa on one epic road trip. We logged thousands of miles, driving through Botswana and a huge portion of South Africa.

Chobe Elephant

United Arab Emirates – September 17 to September 21

        Abu Dhabi

Our flight from Johannesburg, South Africa to Kathmandu, Nepal had a layover in Abu Dhabi. We changed this layover into a stopover, spending just three days here, just enough time to climb the world’s tallest building and drink cappuccinos sprinkled with gold, before entering Asia.

Our route through Nepal, Bhutan, and India

Subcontinent Map

Nepal – September 21 to October 17

         Everest Base Camp Trek
         Patan & Bhaktapur

We planned our around the world itinerary so that we would be in Nepal at the end of September, the start of the trekking season to Everest Base Camp. Most people make the trek in early to mid-October. We took our chances, starting a week earlier, to minimize the number of people on the trail. We got lucky that monsoon season did not run late and we had a fabulous experience.

While in Nepal, we also toured Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, and Pokhara.

Durbar Square Kathmandu

EBC Trek with Kids

Bhutan – October 17 to October 23

         Paro and the Tiger’s Nest

With a daily tariff of $250 per person (about half that cost for kids) Bhutan was a budget breaker. We almost did not include this into our around the world itinerary because of the high daily cost. But because we had Nepal and India in our itinerary, we were so close to Bhutan that it seemed a shame to skip over it.

It was an awesome decision to include Bhutan in our around the world itinerary. Bhutan is now one of our favorite spots in the world…it’s exotic, tranquil, incredibly beautiful, and a unique destination that we were very lucky to visit.

We spent just a week here, just long enough to see the highlights and fall in love with Bhutan. I have a feeling we will be back again someday…

Tigers Nest

India – October 23 to November 28

       Agra & the Taj Mahal

Our grand tour of India started in Siliguri on Diwali. Immediately, we were thrust into the amazingly colorful, intriguing culture of this country. After a few days in the cool, misty hill town of Darjeeling, we flew to Mumbai, where we hopped to Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Agra, Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, and Kolkatta.

It was in India that I got sick with dengue fever and Kara dealt with homesickness. It is no secret that we were not big fans of India during our five week visit here. In fact, we considered skipping the last several weeks, shortening our around the world itinerary and traveling to Myanmar or Thailand early. But our time in India changed us in so many ways…how we travel, who we are as a family, and how we think about our place in the world.

Earth Trekkers Taj Mahal

Our route through Southeast Asia

Our Southeast Asia Route

Myanmar – November 28 to December 11


In Myanmar, our first week was spent in Yangon, getting visas for Thailand, doing a little sightseeing, and getting get caught up on things like homeschooling and future trip planning. Then we took a bus north to visit the temples of Bagan. From Mandalay we flew to Bangkok, Thailand.

Overlooking Bagan

Thailand – December 11 to January 11

         Chiang Mai
         Chiang Rai

Bangkok is an amazing city and a great launching point for exploring Southeast Asia. We spent several days here before flying to Krabi, Thailand. We wanted to be somewhere extra special for Christmas, and with beautiful beaches, rock climbing, and snorkeling, Krabi was perfect.

After nine days in Krabi, we flew back to Bangkok, and then hopped to Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai using public transportation. For our most memorable New Year’s Eve yet, we spent the night launching paper lanterns into the sky, a unique and unforgettable Thai experience.

New Years Eve Lanterns

Laos – January 11 to January 18

         Luang Prabang

We spent just one week in Laos and this was not enough time. Laos blew away our expectations, and I wish we spent more time here.

Leaving Thailand behind, we drifted down the Mekong River for two days, our journey ending in Luang Prabang. This small, French city in the Laos jungle was a joy to explore. From Luang Prabang, things kept getting better with a flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Cambodia – January 18 to January 31

         Siem Reap
         Phnom Penh

We spent two weeks in Cambodia. Our first week was spent exploring the temples around Siem Reap. From Siem Reap we spent several days in Phnom Penh, visiting the Killing Fields, and ending in wonderful little Kampot.

Angkor Wat with Kids

Vietnam – January 31 to February 25

         Phu Quoc Island
         Mekong Delta (Can Tho)
         Ho Chi Minh City
         Hoi An & Da Nang
         Halong Bay

We explored Vietnam from bottom to top, starting on Phu Quoc Island and slowly hopping northward, ending in Hanoi. From Hanoi, we traveled overland into China, taking a series of buses to get to Nanning.

Our route through China and Taiwan

China Itinerary Map

China, Hong Kong, & Macau – February 25 to March 25

         Hong Kong

From walking on the Great Wall, visiting the Forbidden City, cycling among the fantastic scenery in Yangshuo, to visiting Zhangjiajie, our time in China was extraordinary. Hong Kong was just as amazing, although our side trip to Macau was a bit of a letdown.

Cycling Li River Valley

Taiwan – March 25 to April 8

        Keelung & Teapot Mountain
        Haulien & Taroko National Park
        Kenting National Park

With two weeks, we toured the most popular spots of Taiwan, the highlights being the city of Taipei, hiking Teapot Mountain, exploring Taroko National Park, and eating at the night markets.

Taiwan Bridge

Fiji – April 9 to April 17

        Mamanuca Islands

Again, we turned a layover into a stopover. Our flight from Taiwan to New Zealand flew through Fiji, so we plopped ourselves down in paradise for one wonderful week.


New Zealand – April 17 to May 11

         Te Anau & the Milford Sound
         Mt Cook/Aoraki NP
         Motueka & Abel Tasman NP
         Blenheim & Marlborough Wine Region
         Turangi & the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
         Hamilton, Matamata, & Hobbiton

New Zealand was our favorite country on our around the world itinerary. It’s gorgeous, it’s adventurous, it’s clean and quiet, and it’s a joy to explore.

Key Summit Hike

Australia – May 11 to June 11

         Hobart, Tasmania
         Adelaide and the wine regions
         Great Ocean Road
         Town of 1770, Great Barrier Reef

Australia was one of our most expensive countries on the list, but that’s OK, we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Tasmania was our favorite spot, but Melbourne, the Great Barrier Reef, and Uluru were also pretty awesome.

Kings Canyon

Bali – June 11 to June 23


For some much needed chill time, we relaxed in the cultural heart of Bali, Ubud, followed by surfing and beach time in Seminyak.

Ubud Bali

Singapore – June 23 to June 28

As the end of our trip loomed out in the distance, we began hopping from country to country, trying to see as much as possible before this amazing adventure came to an end. For a quick five days, we toured the highlights of Singapore, then hopped over to Kuala Lumpur.

Singapore Gardens

Kuala Lumpur – June 28 to July 1

Tim found a series of cheap flights linking Singapore to Japan, and Kuala Lumpur was on the list. We were here just long enough to see the Petronas Towers and to learn that Kuala Lumpur was much more interesting than we expected it to be.

South Korea – July 1 to July 7

        Jeju Island

We were in South Korea during the MERS epidemic. Unfortunately, because of MERS, the DMZ was “closed,” so we missed seeing it, a huge bummer. With just a week, we spent a few days in Seoul and then spent a little time exploring Jeju Island.


Japan – July 7 to July 23


Japan is amazing. It’s also extremely hot and uncomfortable during the mid-summer months. The food, the culture, the temples, the history…Japan is a place we cannot wait to explore again…just not during the summer.

In Nara Japan

USA – July 23 to July 29

         Los Angeles
         New York City
         Bus to Maryland

From Tokyo, we flew to Los Angeles. How strange it felt to back in the good ole USA. By this point in our travels, we were exhausted and actually looking forward to being “home.” The thing is, we had no house, since we sold it to take this trip, but still it felt wonderful to be heading back to our hometown.

We spent a few days in the stupor of jet lag, touring LA, before flying to New York City. It felt great to connect the dots on the map, getting back to the starting point of our trip around the globe. From NYC, it was one final 4 hour bus ride back to Maryland.

Life After a Trip Around the World

Just because our trip around the world came to an end, our travels did not have to end, also. Now we are home owners, work full time jobs, and have two kids in public school. Still, we find the time to travel. In fact, we make it a priority.

For us, an around the world trip did not extinguish our wanderlust. It’s still there, burning as brightly as before that first flight to Copenhagen. Now, we travel every chance we get, traveling to new countries, and exploring parts of the US that are still brand new to us.

Who knows, maybe someday, we will circle the globe again…

Are you Considering a Trip Around the World?

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences! My partner and I are planning a world trip and your blog is very inspiring! I have one question – how spontaneously did you book your flights? Would you recommend to book flights that are expected to be more expensive eg. long haul, far in advance? Or can you say from experience that there were cheap flights last minute? Towards the end of our trip we want to travel from New Zealand – Japan and random search queries tell me it’s about £300 which I find incredible cheap. Ideally we’d have the flexibility to book closer to the time but I’m worried flights get crazy expansive and we miss a chance to go to certain places. I’d love to hear you experience with flight booking if you don’t mind sharing. Many thanks!! Carina

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      Hello Carina. We booked almost 100% of our flights in advance. About 6 months before the start of our trip, when we had a basic itinerary, Tim spent several days researching the best flight prices and then booking our flights. So, some flights were booked 6 to 12 months in advance. For the final 3 months of the trip, we booked these flights while traveling, which was roughly 3 months in advance. There were a few domestic or short flights that we booked “last minute,” but this was rare. We are type A planners, so we feel more comfortable booking flights and hotels in advance, in exchange for losing some of the spontaneity that comes with not having everything set in advance. Usually, you will be able to get seats on flights within a month of flying, but prices can be higher. For your absolutely “must-see” spots, it might be worth having your flights arranged ahead of time, to avoid disappointment. Cheers, Julie

  2. Your blog is so much inspiring for me. I am about to start my journey with my big family too.. Tq for your writing and sharing.
    I’m from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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  3. Hi,
    Thank you for taking the time to write a travelogue! I enjoyed it immensely. I have taken much smaller trips in many of the areas you visited. I liked your maps which presented an overview, but also enough detail to plan a similar trip. What mapping software did you use to generate the maps?
    Best Regards,

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  4. Hi, I came across your blog as I was looking for something else and I was so inspired by your travel stories. I, too, am an avid traveler. Before I even come home from one trip, I’m already planning the next! Last month I was just in Morocco and Portugal. I noticed in your itinerary that you didn’t touch North Africa at all. Is there a reason why you skipped it? Morocco was pretty amazing, what with riding camels across the Sahara and hiking in the mountains. And Lisbon was amazingly beautiful and loaded with charm. And very small and inexpensive, considering it’s the capital city.

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      Hello Linda. Believe me, Portugal and Morocco are high on the list. So is Egypt. There are just so many places to go and even though we get to travel a lot, it’s even hard for us to get to everything on our list. Morocco is the type of place we would like to visit with Tyler and Kara, we just have a hard time trying to get there with the short periods of time they have off of school. Thank you for the suggestions! Cheers, Julie

  5. Hi!
    My husband and I want to do 1year around the world but we want to have an idea of how much money do we need if we do your itinerary
    Thanks in advance

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  6. Great photos accompanied by excellent information. Many of the places are on to-be-visited list 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your travel experiences and providing valuable information along with. Keep travelling!

  7. My Question What travel insurance did you use? We have been purchasing an Annual Policy from Allianz however, we now realize that we have to return to home after 45 days. We were traveling for 2.5 months in Australia and New Zealand this Winter and didn’t know of this clause. You certainly were gone for more than 6 weeks. Thanks Bev

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      We had travel insurance through World Nomads. They have several levels of insurance so you will have to choose the one that works best for you. We had the Explorer plan because of some of the crazy things we did while traveling but for most people the standard plan is more than sufficient. Cheers, Julie

  8. I read your trip to Bhutan, EBC and this Around the world itinerary…this is awesome…It is inspiring me… I’m counting my days to go on a world trip…thank you guys…I wish your dream comes true about going world trip again….with love Kannan

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  9. Wow – your site is so inspiring!! I discovered it as I’m in the middle of researching a trip through SE Asia and India for four months with our family of five (we have three boys aged 2, 6 and 9). You’ve mentioned in some places where you felt your stay in certain places was too long or too short. It would be great to get your thoughts on the amount of time you spent in Vietnam and Cambodia and whether you would have spent more or less time in these countries in hindsight? I’m looking at scheduling a trip from Australia to Thailand in late November (as I’d really love us to be there for the Loy Krathong festival), finishing up in India in late March (I’d love to be somewhere in Uttar Pradesh for the Holi Festival in late March). Other countries we definitely want to include on our visit are Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, and if there’s time, we’d also love to travel to Malaysia (especially Borneo), the Philippines and/or Indonesia (esp. Bali) and maybe Singapore. Any advice you could give on which countries are must-sees and the best route we could take beginning in Thailand and ending in India would be hugely appreciated! 🙂

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      On this itinerary, we spent 7 consecutive months traveling through Asia, and then ended with another 5 weeks at the end. In our experience, we spent 5 weeks in India and felt like this was too long for us. But we had also just spent 1 month in Nepal. If you have never been to India before, my advice would be to spend no more than 2 to 3 weeks here. We were given the same advice, didn’t take it, but wished we had. India is wonderful but it is overwhelming. We spent 2 weeks in Myanmar, 1 week in Laos, 2 weeks in Cambodia, 4 weeks in Vietnam, and 4 weeks in Thailand, and felt like these were all the perfect amount of time for us.

      You could spend 3 – 4 weeks in Thailand (Bangkok, Krabi or Phuket, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai), 1 week in Laos (Mekong River and Luang Prabang), fly to Cambodia for 2 weeks, then travel up through Vietnam for 3 – 4 weeks. If your timing works out, you could be in Vietnam for Tet, and we loved it. From Hanoi, you could fly to Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, or Indonesia, then fly to India.

      Another way to do this would be to start in southern Thailand, then travel to Cambodia, up through Vietnam, west to northern Laos and on to northern Thailand, then travel into Myanmar, and fly to India. Maybe while you are in Bangkok, you could fly round trip to the Philippines/Indonesia/Singapore or Borneo since Bangkok is a great hub city for flights.

      Let us know if you have more questions. Cheers, Julie

      1. This is all such helpful advice – thanks so much, Julie! 🙂 Of the countries we’re planning to visit, I’ve only been to Thailand, so I’m anxious about making sure we spend the right amount of time in each place. I’ve always wanted to visit India, but reading about your travels there, it does sound like it would be an overwhelming country to visit with young children and I can appreciate how five weeks would have been too long for a first trip. I would love to plan things so we can be in Vietnam for Tet. I have family members who lived in Hanoi for many years and have always spoken about what a great time of year that is! If we could travel for longer, I’d also love to visit Songkran in Thailand, which looks like it would be amazing fun with young children! 🙂

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          It was wonderful being in Vietnam for the whole month of Tet. It’s one of the best cultural experiences we have ever had. India was also a life changing cultural experience. We couldn’t wait to leave, but now, I can’t wait to go back. It’s a place that everyone should visit, but I do recommend taking it in small doses, at least your first time. Happy planning and let us know if you have more questions! Cheers, Julie

  10. Amazing!!! Thank you so so much for this really useful information, has helped me make a very good template for my travel route!! 🙂

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      Thanks! Three weeks still sounds like an amazing experience. We’d love to “aspire” to another long-term trip. 🙂 Cheers, Julie

  11. Hi: You mentioned you spent 5 days in Singapore, but did not make any comments or photos. What exciting things did you do there? We are also planning on going there on our trip. Thanks

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      We have a post on Singapore if you want to read it. Gardens By the Bay was our favorite thing to do while in Singapore. And we spent part of our time in Singapore working on this website and working on trip plans, so it wasn’t a packed 4 days of things to do. At least you can get an idea of some of the more popular things to do. Cheers, Julie

  12. You have absolutely inspired me to try to do this when my kids are 12 and 10 (I have a few years only!) I am thinking we will focus on Asia, a few places in African and South America…

    Seems we have similar taste in travel and things to do so I am devouring your blog for tips. Thank you for sharing!

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      Awesome!! Your kids will be the same ages as Tyler and Kara when we did this…perfect ages in our opinion. Have fun planning and let us know if you have any questions. Cheers, Julie

      1. Thank you for your reply! We are busy getting the ‘bucket list’ of places and ideas organized so I can then start on the budgeting and timing…

        Right now our itinerary looks very similar to your Asia part but without Indonesia (we are going next year) India, Australia and New Zealand (visited / lived there before) and Sinpagore and Hong Kong are a maybe since we have been there before.

        We are now seriously considering / debating dropping most of our Europe part to do South America instead (at least Patagonia, Galapagos, Peru Bolivia and Cuba) though we do want to add Morocco and I would love to visit Scandinavia.

        Mmmm decisions decisions…

        I will definitely come back to devour reading your specific trip details (thank you for putting so much effort and detail into this!) and may ask some questions too.

        Woo hoo for inspiration!

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          Your picks for South America sound amazing…can we join you? By the way, we just published a “Start Here” page (if you haven’t noticed it yet). It has more links to travel advice, around the world travel, and inspirational posts. Have fun planning! Cheers, Julie

          1. Yes! Come with us! I am a Spanish speaker (mother tongue) so I can help at least in South America. If you ever need recommendations in Mexico, let me know! (especially Southern part). Oaxaca is amazing – alas, another time.

            And thank you for the link – I have been reading like crazy and changed my itinerary because of some of the things I have read.

            As for hiking, have you done Cordillera Blanca in Peru? One of my favorites (despite day 1 emergency horse I had to use given altitude kicking my butt even after coming from Cusco)!

            I loved Togariro Crossing and hiking around Mount Cook in NZ and have added some to my list of your adds. If you have not done this already, my absolutely most favorite day hike ever is Lake O’hara Alpine Circuit in Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies (and so many others around it). Surprisingly too, we did hiking in Sai Kung in Hong Kong – unexpectedly awesome!

            As for the RTW trip, here is the list as it stands today and # of weeks. We skipped Peru since we have done that before and we will do Cuba on another trip along with the parts I had to take out from Central America, sniff. Here goes:

            1. Colombia (2) – Cartagena, Tayrona and Valle de Cocora / Cafetales
            2. Ecuador (3) – Quito and Galapagos
            3. Bolivia (2) – La Paz, Titicaca, Amazon (maybe), Salar de Uyuni (most do)
            4. Chile (4.5) – Atacama to Lake District, Santiago (and day trips). Debating Easter Island, Torres de Paine. (unless we vomit in the car 😉 – poor girl!!).
            5. Argentina (4.5) – BA, Mendoza, San Martin de los Andes, Iguazu, Salta loop, Patagonia glaciers and hikes. Not sure about Tierra de Fuego.
            6. Uruguay (1.0) – Montevideo and Punta
            7. Brazil (1.0) (Maybe) – Not sure why this is not as appealing but Rio and potentially Amazon if we skip it in Bolivia.

            Now, the below borrows very very heavily – almost identical, to yours. Are there any things you would do differently in any of these if you had to do it again?

            8. Southern Africa (6) – would you do anything differently here?
            9. UAE (0.5) – or less time, like you.
            10. Nepal (2) – not doing Everest Base, a shorter alternative you would recommend?
            11. Bhutan (2) – Too long?
            12. Myanmar (2)
            13. Thailand (4)
            14. Cambodia (2)
            15. Laos (2)
            16. Vietnam (3)
            17. Hong Kong (0.5) – May skip if needed.
            18. Taiwan (1.5) – Considering skipping, thoughts?
            19. China (3.5)
            20 Japan (3)
            21. Hawaii (2) OR Vancouver (2). – Maybe

            We have not decided the order yet, trying to figure out list first (type A project manager for the win!).

            The more I read on your blog the more I want to do this NOW.

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            This sounds absolutely amazing. We are considering trekking in Peru this summer (Cordillera Blanca or Huayhuash). Looks amazing, and I’ll look into your Canadian experience, that sounds great, too.

            We loved our 6 weeks in southern Africa, and no, I wouldn’t change a thing. If anything, I would add two more weeks and add in Namibia. I think two weeks in Nepal is good: one week for Kathmandu and surrounds, one week to chill in Pokhara or do a shorter trek somewhere. Nepal is so cheap that it helps your around the world budget. The flight from Kathmandu to Bhutan is amazing…seeing the Himalayas are incredible. Most people do 5 to 7 days in Bhutan because of the expense, but two weeks lets you go deeper. It would be phenomenal. We had 4 weeks in Vietnam and thought this was the perfect amount of time. However, we were also here during Tet so we had some downtime here (but you will need it…don’t forget to factor in days where you don’t have to do anything). We really, really enjoyed being in Vietnam for the Tet season and recommend it if it fits in your itinerary in February. Taiwan is also great. I think it would be good to do before China, because it’s an easier version of China, to get you accustomed to the food and menus and language. I’d go back to Taiwan just to eat in the night markets every night. And they have some cool, colorful temples that your kids would love. But then again, Taiwan could also make a great 10 day trip in the future. Tough call, but if you are looking to save time somewhere, you could eliminate Taiwan and put it on your future travel wish list.

            I’m glad you’re so excited!!


          3. Thank you so much again for your response! I will do some more refinement based on your comments and see where I land.

            And if you do make it to the Canadian Rockies, or back to Mexico, let me know if I can add recommendations!

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          5. oh ps. If you loved eating in Taiwan you probably would love Penang Malaysia. We have never eaten more street food in our lives! ok maybe at the Hawkers markets in Singapore too… And the street art!

            So much to see, so little time.

  13. Hi Julie,

    Loved reading your blog and adventures ! The photos are amazing and makes me so badly want to take a trip around the world !!

    Do you have an post on how you packed for this trip ? If not, can you please do one on this topic — what kind of luggage did you take – did you 4 manage in 4 backpacks or did you need additional suitcases too ? What kind of shoes were used – did you pack sneakers, hiking shoes and hiking boots — for different uses ? What kind of clothing and how many winter/summer clothes ? How did you manage a trip around the world with the luggage you packed ? The lesser the luggage, the easier travel would be, but then you may miss out on things you wish you had packed.. ? Any other useful tips ?

    Thanks in advance for your response !
    Keep up with the travel blog and sharing your information so generously ! You guys deserve a BIG thanks from all of us ! Looking forward to reading more of your travel to different parts of the world and US !

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      Hello Indira! No, we do not have a packing post, but it’s a great idea! I’ll add it to my list of things to write about. Just as a quick overview…

      We had two pairs of shoes (tennis shoes and hiking shoes). We planned the itinerary to stay in warmer temps, so we had mostly shorts and T-shirts. We each had two long sleeved shirts and long pants, and a fleece and a rain jacket that we could use for layers when temps got cooler. Everything we carried fit in four backpacks (the kids packs were small, like school backpacks) and two daypacks. We had 7 pairs of socks and underwear so we could go one week without doing laundry. It felt great only having just a few bags of stuff.

      Cheers, Julie

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  14. Hi! I noticed that you went through most of the countries in SE Asia. Any reason why you skipped visiting the Philippines? Just wondering. Thanks!

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  15. Truly inspirational guys! I love your passion for travel and believe the best way to educate your kids is with the type of knowledge you can obtain outside of the classroom.
    You missed out on South America though – I travelled through Chile and Brazil and highly recommend them. If adventure travel is your thing (and I gathered it is), you should check out the desert and volcano hikes in Chile.

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      We gave up South America in order to have more time in Asia. However, last year, we did travel to Chile and Argentina, hiking to Aconcagua Base Camp and visiting Santiago and Mendoza. Can’t wait to see Atacama, Chile someday!! Cheers, Julie

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