This route is obviously subject to change, both before we book our tickets and once we are on the road, but there are a number of places we definitely want to visit. Our proposed route will take us around the Pacific, as they are mostly destinations which we think are too far to take small children for a short trip.
Disneyland, 1st – 8th November 2010: I visited Disneyworld in Florida twice as a child and have since visited Disneyland in LA, Tokyo and Paris. As you can tell, I’m quite a fan, despite not really liking most theme parks. I think it’s the attention to detail and sheer verve of Disneyland that does it for me. We took Eve to Disneyland Paris two years ago and she still talks about it frequently, so we think it will be a great place to start our trip.
Hawaii, 8th November – 10th December 2010: the closest I’ve been is when I spent five hours in Honolulu airport almost twenty years ago. I’ve always regretted not spending more time there and am hoping it will be like the Hawaii I’ve seen from Elvis films and Hawaii 5-0. We’re also really looking forward to seeing a live volcano.
New Zealand, 10th December – mid January 2011: Steve has always wanted to visit NZ and I have a very great friend who lives in Auckland, who I’ve visited once before. Last time we couldn’t visit the glaciers, so I’m keen to do that this time.
Australia, mid January to end March 2011: I spent a very happy six weeks here on my last rtw trip and I can’t wait to go back and explore some more. I loved Western Australia and would like to hire a car and drive up the west coast.
Singapore & Malaysia, April 2011 : Steve and I visited Malaysia together some years ago, but never made it to Borneo. We are all very keen to see orang utans and other wildlife and hope to stay in the jungle for a while.
Thailand, May and June 2011: I’ve been to Thailand twice before and loved it. I have a family friend in Bangkok, which is one of my favourite cities in the world. All the children would love to see elephants, Ned wants to eat bugs and Steve and I are hoping for plenty of time on the beach.
Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam: neither of us have visited these countries before and we will probably visit some or all as side trips from Thailand.
Japan, July 2011: We had a wonderful holiday here before we were married and can’t wait to go back. We think it will be a great place to take the children and we all love Japanese food.