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Round the World - Which direction??

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Spouse and I are thinking of doing an around the world trip (leaving from US) using AA's RTW ticket and it got me wondering about which direction (eastbound or westbound) is preferred by all you seasoned travellers. Obviously, when going westbound you "lose" a day when crossing the International Date Line and if you go eastbound you'll "gain" a day but does that really make a difference if you are travelling over a period of 4 to 6 weeks?

Right now we are leaning toward an eastbound routing so as to give us a few days to "relax" in Hawaii during the latter stages of the trip before returning to the continental US where will make one stop before arriving home.

One other question, when using the One World software program to plan the itinerary it doesn't seem to give me the option to plan an intermediate stop (between a major East Asian gateway city (such as Sidney or Tokoyo) and Fiji (I consider Tahiti as an alternate) before going on to Honolulu. I called the AA One World 800# and was told they don't have any flights to/from Fiji between the other cities. I do know Air Pacific has scheduled flights and I thought they were one of AA's partners but I might be mistaken. Anyway, does anyone know if I can do a routing that will take me from Sidsney to Nadi to Honolulu?

Thanks in advance for any responses.

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