Travel Tips & Trip Ideas Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

RTW Advice

Jump to last reply

Hi everyone,

I'm currently planning a year-long around the world trip and am looking for some advice. My mom passed away a few years ago, while I was in college, and among the things she left me were about 160,000 American Airlines miles, and instructions to use them wisely. I've decided that now is the time and over the past few weeks I have been doing research into volunteer opportunities abroad in the places I would most like to visit. My plan is to take as close to a year as possible to do the trip (although I know that because of the way award tickets work, realistically this will be less).

My tentative itinerary looks like this:

Los Angeles - Lima
Lima - Santiago
Santiago - Punta Arenas (to explore Patagonia)
Punta Arena - Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires - Iguasu Falls - Rio De Janeiro
Rio - London
London - Nairobi (to try and do Kilimanjaro and a Safari, if it's not too expensive)
Nairobi - Amman
Amman - Mumbai (I'd spend about a month in India and Nepal)
Mumbai - Tokyo
Tokyo - Beijing
Beijing - Hong Kong
Hong Kong - Bangkok (2 months in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia)
Bangkok - Sydney
Sydney - Los Angeles

Has anybody been to any of these places and have suggestions for stuff to do, or should I avoid any of these spots? Also, my goal is to volunteer a lot, as well as find some WWOOF farms to work on... anybody have experience with that? I know there's a lot of volunteer organizations preying on naive tourists... definitely want to avoid that whole scene, obviously.

I apologize in advance if these are stupid questions, feel free to jump on me if they are. But thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!

- Alex

5 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Please Take Our Survey
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jan 20, 15 at 11:06 AM
View all Travel Tips & Trip Ideas activity »
  1. 1 finding last minute packages
  2. 2 Trip to Paris
  3. 3 Where to travel?
  4. 4 Hostel suggestions
  5. 5 trip ideas in May...
  6. 6 Travel Resolutions: Do You Have Any For 2015?
  7. 7 Honeymoon on a budget leaving Perth, Australia
  8. 8 Beach trip...florida or caribbean island in mid march
  9. 9 Why Do A Cycling Tour?: A review of various tour companies and general tips
  10. 10 Ideas for mid winter solo trip someplace warm or cold, but fun!!
  11. 11 Why Do People Bother With Tripadvisor?
  12. 12 Package to Paris, Flight Not Included. 2 Travel Insurance Policies Needed?
  13. 13 Scotland
  14. 14 Car Rentals are expensive!
  15. 15 Trip Report Goin' solo...nothing like it! (A trip report collection)
  16. 16 Moving from DC to Texas
  17. 17 Japan vs. California vs. Hawaii
  18. 18 First solo travel adventure! Please help!
  19. 19 Looking for a hat to wear in the rainforest
  20. 20 Your favorite, toddler-friendly international destination???
  21. 21 Travel Tote to attach to rolling bag
  22. 22 First Solo Trip in my 20s
  23. 23 Best ways to get around when you can't rent a car?
  24. 24 Which luggage scales?
  25. 25 Need suggestions for solo trip (2-3 weeks, next May)
View next 25 » Back to the top