The End!

Since we got back over a month ago, the question we get asked the most is “what was your favorite place?”   Because there were so many amazing places that were so different, it is impossible for us to answer that and choose just one.  Instead, we usually answer by listing our top 5 places.   Those and a few other favorite lists are included below.

Our Trip in a Map (click to enlarge)

RTW Trip-with Months

Our Trip by Numbers:

  • 9.5 months
  • 282 Days
  • 5 Continents
  • 20 Countries
  • 128 Places (i.e., cities & towns)

Top 5 Places (in chronological order)

  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Top Sights (in chronological order)

  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Zhangjiajie National Park, China
  • Great Wall of China, Beijing
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Milford Sound, New Zealand
  • Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro

Top Experiences (in chronological order)

  • Safari in Etosha National Park, Namibia
  • Rock climbing, Railay, Krabi, Thailand
  • Viewing Orangutans in their native habitat, Borneo, Indonesia
  • Snorkeling in Gili Islands, Indonesia
  • Mountain Biking, Wanaka and Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Backpacking in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, Patagonia
  • Carnaval, Recife, Brazil

Top Beaches (in order of our favorites)

  • Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia
  • Noosa, Australia
  • Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
  • Dolphin Bay, Praia de Pipa, Brazil
  • Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Best Food

  • Thailand – anywhere, especially Bangkok
  • Vietnam – anywhere, especially Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi
  • La Cabrera Steakhouse, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

“Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. Tour masters, schedules, reservations, brass-bound and inevitable, dash themselves to wreckage on the personality of the trip. Only when this is recognized can the blown-in-the glass bum relax and go along with it. Only then do the frustrations fall away. In this a journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

John Steinbeck, “Travels with Charley”

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