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Looking for input on first substantial trip!

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Looking for input on first substantial trip!

My husband and I plan to take a RTW trip between May-June. Being novice travelers, we're looking for input on where we plan to go. We'll likely fly out of New York and would like to visit Sydney, Auckland, Beijing (with possible trip to Tibet from there), and either Tanzania or Kenya. For you seasoned travelers out there: is this do-able? Is there a particular order that makes the most sense time- and cost-wise? For those who have been to Tanzania and/or Kenya, do you advise one over the other for going on safari? I'm a little worried about traveling to this area after the rainy season - will a lot of areas be washed out?


Bangkok, Thailand
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1. Re: Looking for input on first substantial trip!

Consider at what time if the year you want to visit. Auckland or Beijing in winter may not be fun. Winter in Tibet?

Cooler season in Africa is better for game viewing. Star Alliance and Oneworld have an RTW fare. This may give you an idea what is doable. Also if you do a search on RTW the topic will pop up numerous times on TA.

Winchester, United...
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Some Oneworld RTW fares require you to go in one direction only I.e. if you starry flying west then all legs must keep flying west

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How long are you travelling for? Auckland is to be avoided in the middle of winter. Sydney won't be a whole lot better. The logical order is Akl-Syd-Beijing-Africa (or v..v) but starting in NZ at that time of year really wouldn't be great. Aiming to be here in Nov-Dec would make a lot more sense

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This is just one of the problems with attempting to 'do the world' in just a few weeks.

Personally, rather than producing a list of countries and then lining them up to visit. I would seriously consider the different climate zones, particularly in China and Tibet. As other have said, New Zealand in the middle of the winter is not the best of ideas.

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