Our route

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.

11 Responses to “Our route”

  1. daniela 21/03/2009 at 9:38 am #

    did you ever to to an ootoya (franchise) japanese food joint?
    they’re everywhere and really cheap and great food!!

    Have a look at the official website and try to memorise the sign (navey blue, white writing).

    They’re everywhere and great!

  2. tamsin 04/06/2009 at 7:44 pm #

    WOW! This is going to be some trip!!

  3. Erika 02/09/2009 at 5:39 pm #

    We just came back from a 1 year trip around the world! and it looks like your route is simular to what we did, so if you need inspiration take a look at my site or if you need advise please fell free to ask . It was the best thing we ever done and we already planing our 2nd trip

  4. Lisa 24/01/2010 at 11:51 pm #

    Looks like a fun trip! Disney and HI especially caught my eye. We just took our kids to Disneyland in CA and we all had a lot of fun. We live in Hawaii and love it! I have a blog about things to do on Oahu with kids, so check it out if you need/want some ideas. Happy travels!

  5. Julia 29/01/2010 at 9:42 pm #

    What a fantastic idea, and a brave one too. It will be amazing. I know another couple from London who did a similar trip with their three boys. They had the time of their life, specially the kids.
    I shall be following your journey here.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 30/01/2010 at 5:02 pm #

      Thank you. Did your friends have a blog too? I’m always on the lookout for family travel blogs!

  6. strawberriesandwhine 23/02/2010 at 12:23 pm #

    Don’t forget to do Europe on your trip!! Exotic locations are great, but there are so many amazinh places on our “doorstep” as well, which often get overlooked.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 23/02/2010 at 12:38 pm #

      I don’t disagree about the amazing locations on our doorstep, but we’ve taken a conscious decision with this trip to only go to places that are too far for a 1 or 2 week holiday. We want to make the most of the RTW ticket.

  7. Jo Beaufoix 01/11/2010 at 2:49 pm #

    Blimey, you’re going to have such a time. I’m in awe. 😀

  8. with2kidsintow 08/11/2010 at 3:47 am #

    The reasoning behind your itinerary makes sense (destinations which would otherwise be too far afield to go on a short holiday). Beware that Thailand only allows you to stay for 30 days at a time (visa upon arrival, free), and if you travel overland then return, you can only stay 15 days. Longer visas can be obtained, but you must visit an embassy/consulate and perhaps pay. Vietnam and Cambodia visas are both for 30days each (and Laos too i think), and cost approx $25 USDpp/per country. You might want to spend more time in them to maximize the cost of the visa…check out our blog if you like for more info on visas that i’ve gathered for our own upcoming trip…www.with2kidsintow.blogspot.com…safe travels!


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