THE ROUTE - WORLD MAP
Above is the approximate route we'll be taking
around the world. It excludes the pre-trip tip to Canada. We're going west.
Slightly unusual for a RTW trip. Beginning in America and working our way
via South America, Australasia, Asia, and Russia all the way round back to
We're flying into Washington in America. We hired
a car in Falls Church, near Washington DC and have so far driven over 10,000
miles. All items marked in Red on the map are major attractions or points of
interest we saw. Items marked in Blue are interesting towns we have seen or
stayed in. This map will be updated as we move around America.
South America is the land of organised tour for
us. Neither Pip nor me speak any spanish (yet) so we weren't quite brave enough
to chance it on our own, so from Rio to Quito we have a 64 day tour taking
in Iguazzu Falls and Maccu Piccu and various other sites on the way. After
that we have a 10 day cruise around the Galapagos islands for a bit of relaxation
and diving. From there we have a monstrous series of flights via Guayaquil
and Santiago to Easter Island (Rapa Nui). Then another huge flight stretch
back to Santiago and then across to New Zealand.
New Zealand and Australia will provide some much
needed relaxation time for us after the rigours of South America. We're planning
to hire a camper van of some description in New Zealand and make our own way
around. We're going to head up the east coast of Australia and then catch
a train from Darwin down to Adelaide, stopping off at Alice Springs and Ayers
Rock (Uluru), and then fro Adelaide across to Perth. From there we'll fly
up to Japan.