Planning Our RTW Route

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So far we’ve come up with this list of countries we’d like to see. ¬† ūüôā ¬† I’m sure it will morph over time but it’s a good starting point. ¬†Planning our RTW route¬†started out as what seemed like a massively important and overwhelming decision. ¬†After much research and brain racking we came to the conclusion that for us, it really didn’t need to be. ¬†We decided to start in Thailand, in SE Asia as we’ve been there many times and it’d let us get our traveling legs.

We have quite a few Star Alliance Aeroplan miles so we’ve used them to get us to Thailand from Calgary, Canada via Chicago and Zurich. ¬†Within SE Asia we’ll just travel by land, sea and budget airlines. ¬†We’ll keep the air miles for the more expensive long haul flights between the main regions we plan on visiting: Europe (and Morocco), South East Africa, Central and South America and Oceania.

Ideally, we’d like to follow summer around the world. ¬†Avoiding monsoon and cyclone/hurricane seasons would also be good. ¬† ūüėĮ ¬†We now realize that we can’t hit every country at the absolute best time. ¬†It’s practically impossible to do when travelling slowly. ¬†Visiting places in their peak season is also a lot more expensive. ¬†So we’ll just do our best, using shoulder seasons and hopefully avoiding the crappy¬†weather seasons.

Russia kind of skews the map as its so big and currently we only intend to visit Moscow and St. Petersburg. ¬†For the ‘stans, there’s only one right now: Kyrgyzstan. ¬†It looks beautiful and people say good things about it so it made the list. ¬†Since its our only ‘Stan choice, it’s a bit of an island in the region (up from India). ¬†As we go we should be able to figure out a way there as we get more info from other travelers.

So our chosen technique appears to be keep calm and carry on round the world just going with the flow. ¬†Stay tuned to see how that turns out. ¬† ūüėÄ

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