RTW Route Map
Important

Welcome to our Journey: Around the World in 40 Days

Hello and welcome to our journey and its planning process. At the end of June, our family of four will be embarking on a 5-week long round the world adventure…

IMG_4743

Bergen to Stravanger (Norway in a Nutshell)

The morning in Bergen was a bit overcast. It rained last night and the streets were still wet. The next leg of the our Norway in a Nutshell tour called…

IMG_7346

18 hours in Bergen Norway

Bergen We arrived by (ferry from Flam, a bus from Gudvangen, and a) train from Voss in the early afternoon. The train station is nearby the hotel but not exactly…

IMG_7129

Norway: Flåm to Bergen: a Boat, a Bus, and by Rail

Our next leg of the Norway in a Nutshell tour took us by ferry, bus, and train to the city of Bergen, the former capital of Norway. Here are a…

IMG_3685

Norway! Exploring Flåm: Borgund Stave Church and Stegastein Outlook

When we booked our Norway in a Nutshell tour, we modified it slightly so that we could spend a day exploring Flåm and the surrounding area. After a good night’s…

IMG_3310

Oslo to Flåm, the Bergen Railway and Flåmsbana

We made our way back to the Oslo train station, found our luggage locker, and headed to the train to Flåm, also known as the Bergen Railway to start our…

IMG_3509

Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum

We flew on a 9PM flight out of Aarhus via Copenhagen and arrived at 11:50PM into Oslo.   Fortunately, customs was, again, non-existent and our hotel, the Radisson Park Inn,…

10520660_10202306652930441_6022462829877844850_o

A Birthday Celebration in Ebeltoft

The inspiration for this trip (Iceland, Denmark, and Norway) was an invitation to a birthday party in Ebeltoft for our good friend Nana, a neighbor from home (she’s a Dane…

IMG_2572

Colorful Copenhagen

After another way-too-early start from Iceland (up at 4AM to catch the 4:30AM pickup bus to catch the 5AM bus to the airport to arrive at 5:45 to catch our…

IMG_1049

A Tour of Reykjavik

Before we leave the magical island nation of Iceland, let’s take a tour around the charming city of Reykavik, home to 200,000 of the country’s population of 300,000. Seen from…

group2

Iceland: Day 5: Icelandic Horses with Islenski Hesturinn

On our last full day in Iceland, we had one final tour: riding the famed Icelandic Horses to experience the unique tölt. We rode with Islenski Hesturinn which ranks as…

DCIM100GOPRO

Day 4: Diving Iceland: Silfra in the Midnight Sun

After an adventurous morning journey to the center of the earth, we only had a few hours to eat and relax a bit before heading out on our next adventure….

IMG_1699

Iceland: Day 4: Diving Deep Part 1: Inside the Volcano

Today we woke up to rain and a little wind. We were picked up at 7:30AM for an 8AM tour to explore a dormant volcano! Inside the Volcano The Thrihnukagigur…

IMG_5133

Iceland: Day 3: South Coast Waterfalls and Jökulsárlón Lagoon

June 23, 2014 South Coast Tour EagleAir: We booked our South Coast tour with EagleAir: a one-way bus trip down the coast on a bus followed by a one-way flight…

IMG_0992

Iceland: Day 2: Golden Circle

Day 2: Golden Circle Tour June 22, 2014 There’s so much to see in Iceland. It’s an amazing lunar-like landscape with lava fields, volcanos, glaciers, and tectonic rifts. We started…

IMG_1229

A Morning in Cusco

For our last night in Peru and of our 5-week adventure, we stayed at the  Palacio del Inka in Cusco, part of the Sheraton / Liberator Luxury Collection, and a sister…

IMG_2224

Amazed in Machu Picchu

We were picked up early to catch the first train to Aguas Calientes from Ollantaytambo.   The atmosphere outside of the train station was busy with vendors lining the streets…

20140706-122426-44666950.jpg

Iceland: Splashdown at the Blue Lagoon

June 21, 2014: After 15 hours of flights via Toronto (Air Canada) and Copenhagen, we finally arrived in Iceland via Wow Air to overcast and moody skies.  We had heard…

DCIM100GOPRO

Peru: Day Two in the Sacred Valley: Ollantaytambo

After Moray, we headed for our last and final stop: Ollantaytambo. We left Moray, passed through Maras, and drove back down the switchbacks above Urubamba before up the valley. Below…

wpid-20140209-054700.jpg

Tambo del Inka Resort in Urubamba, Peru: a Mini-Review

In Urubamba, we stayed at the Tambo del Inka, a relatively new hotel in the area and part of Starwood Luxury collection. It provided a nice quiet space to relax…

image

St. Regis Lhasa Resort Mini Review

Editor’s note: I realized that I had written, but not posted, a review of the St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Tibet. Without further ado, enjoy! The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is…

IMG_2419

Peru: Day Two in the Sacred Valley: Moray

We left the salt ponds and headed for the famous Moray, thought to be an ancient agricultural outdoor laboratory. We passed through the actual city of Maras where we stopped…

wpid-20140213-055706.jpg

Peru: Day Two in the Sacred Valley: Maras

Editor’s note: more of our travels from July 31st 2013. Enjoy! After a great breakfast at the hotel, Valentin picked us up, and we headed up the switchbacks above Urubamba…

wpid-20140120-082302.jpg

Peru’s Sacred Valley: Day 1

Editor’s note: After a brief hiatus, we hope you enjoy our travels in Peru: After an early 6:30AM start out of Porto Alegre, Brazil with a connection through Lima, we…

IMG_1948

Exploring the Falls in Foz do Iguaçu, Brasil

The city of Foz do Iguaçu is located where Brazil meets Argentina and Paraguay. The Iguaçu (Iguazu, Iguassu, Iguacu) Falls are the main attraction, with great viewing from both the…

rio-014

Righteously Rio

After a 9-1/2 hour trans-Atlantic flight from Johannesburg to Sao Paulo and an hour flight from Sao Paulo, we finally arrived in Rio, 5 time zones away. At the airport,…

IMG_8414

On Safari with Sabi Sabi – Compact Format

Editors note: This is a slimmed down version of the original post for faster viewing. If you want the big photos and can wait a minute or so, pop on…

IMG_8545

On Safari with Sabi Sabi in South Africa

After an early (4:40AM) 7-1/2 hour flight from Dubai, we arrived in Johannesburg at 10:50AM.   We were met by a Federal Air representative who was there to take us to the…

IMG_1203

A Day in Dubai

After an 11PM departure from Malé, and a comfortable 4-hour Emirates flight, we landed in Dubai at a slightly bleary 1:30AM. We added Dubai to our itinerary as a connection…

20130729-092722.jpg

Burj Al Arab: A Magical Oasis in the Desert

Originally, we were just going to stay cheap and simple because we were going to be in Dubai for a day–26 hours to be exact–arriving at 2AM on Saturday morning…

GOPR2718

Fun at the Falls in Foz do Iguaçu, Brasil

A few still photos from yesterday’s falls tour in Brazil.  Needless to say, we got wet.  Very wet. Getting drenched at Iguaçu Falls in Brazil:

20130726-103839.jpg

Maldives: Paradise Found

With almost 100 resorts sprinkled around the 1,100 islands and atolls of the Maldives (big map), choosing a resort is one of the hardest parts.  July is monsoon season in…

20130727-044406.jpg

World Youth Day in Rio

We knew our trip would overlap with the Pope’s visit, but this is pretty impressive. Up above World Youth Day (Jornada Mundial da Juventude) on the Copacabana Beach. Pope expected…

20130724-063428.jpg

Update: Maldives, Dubai, and South Africa

Hi followers! Apologies for the lack of posts. We have gone from tranquil blue waters and lots of down time in the Maldives to 109 degrees, bright lights, big city…

20130719-033915.jpg

Singapore Layover

One of the ways to get from Hong Kong to the Maldives on Star Alliance is to route through Singapore on Singapore Airways (SA).   We had never flown SA…

IMG_0550-001

Happy to be in Hong Kong

Our flight from Chengdu to Hong Kong was delayed by an hour, arriving into HKG at about 8PM and putting us into Kowloon at 9PM.  Ordinarily, this would not be…

20130714-073721.jpg

Shangri-La Chengdu Hotel Mini-Review

We stayed one night at the Shangri-La in Chengdu.   It is centrally located in Chengdu and stands over the river that runs through the city.  It is 36 floors…

GoldenFlower

The Golden Flower by Shangri-La in Xi’An Mini-Review

The Golden Flower by Shangri-La is one of two Shangri-La-owned hotels in Xi’An. It is one of the original 4- or 5-star hotels in Xi’An which means that it’s an…

20130713-082337.jpg

Panda Spotting in Chengdu

Chengdu was a wet and comfortable 21C (70F) when we landed.  Water was sheeting down the airport windows.  They said it was the 4th straight day of rain.  The news…

20130712-034740.jpg

Grand Hyatt Beijing Mini-Review

The Grand Hyatt Beijing is a modern hotel and the center of Oriental Plaza built in 2001 by Li Ka Shing (richest man in China).  It is conveniently located above a…

20130712-082616.jpg

Lhasa with Lobsang

Lhasa At almost 12,000 feet above sea level, Lhasa is a very high desert. The air is dry and the temperature is mild.  The weather is highly varied, and thunderstorms…

Facebook, Twitter, Youtube blocked in China

Hi All, Apologies if we have not replied to Facebook requests or comments, neglected to respond to Tweets, and failed to post any more videos since Japan, but our wireless…

20130708-085255.jpg

Xi’An with Lily

They say that if you want to learn about life in modern China, you should go to Shanghai. If you want to learn about life 500 years ago, go to…

ClothingTech

A Clothing Tech Moment

Traveling is always a great excuse to buy more techie clothing.  This trip is no exception.  From new shoes to new shirts and pants, we bought some new performance clothing…

20130706-115126.jpg

Beijing

We arrived in Beijing about an hour late, but swiftly passed through Customs to the taxi line. Though cheap (106 RMB = $17.50), the ride takes about 45 minutes, but…

delorme_inreach_se

Travel Gear Update

Since we originally posted our Travel Gear, we have added a few gadgets and want to provide an update: UPDATE: We didn’t have time to find SIM cards until Beijing….

20130706-101327.jpg

Hot (Weather) Fashion Tips from China

When the mercury hovers around 95 degrees (35C) in China, it’s officially hot, and outside it’s hard to escape the heat. The local women (and a few men) carry reflective…

20130706-065444.jpg

Nikko with Travelience

Our day trip to Nikko started with our guide Miki meeting us at our hotel. She led us to the subway towards Tokyo station. At Tokyo Station we boarded the…

Pagoda at Asakusa

Touring Tokyo with Travelience

We took Travelience‘s West Tokyo Tour. We were met at the Asakusa Cultural Center by Naoaki (the owner and CEO of Travelience) and our guide for the day, Michiyo. A…

20130702-102506.jpg

The Peninsula Hotel Tokyo

When traveling with a family of four, it’s often difficult to find hotels that can or are willing to accommodate all four in one room. Often the choice is between…

Auctioneer

Tokyo Fish Market

After an early-ish bedtime (8PM) and some jet lag to help, we woke up über-early and left the hotel by 3:30AM (!) to visit the Tsujiki Fish Market auction. We…

20130629-112938.jpg

First stop: Upper Deck!

Our upgrade request to business class was approved! The United Club Lounge was a bussle of people relaxing before their flights. It was much more crowded than i had remembered…

First stop: Upper Deck!

Our upgrade request to business class was approved! The United Club Lounge was a bussle of people relaxing before their flights. It was much more crowded than i had remembered…

Travelience-logo

Touring Tokyo: Trip Planning

In a couple days we will begin our trip and head to our first stop: Japan. My neighbor who has spent time in Tokyo says very few people speak English,…

It's Cool Being a Vaccine!

Don’t Forget your Shots

When traveling to far and distant places, it’s a good idea to check with the CDC or World Health Organization (WHO) to see what ailments still persist there. In other…

Alpaca Expeditions

Planning for 5-days in Peru

When visiting the Cusco and Machu Picchu area, there is a lot of ground to cover.  There is the city of Cusco,  the Sacred Valley – home to Moray, a…

WorldNomadsInsurance

A bit about Travel Insurance

I have auto insurance, home insurance, and health insurance, but for the first time ever, I purchased travel insurance. There are lots of choices and it’s overwhelming.  There is even…

20130607-073454.jpg

Pages vs Pixels

Gone are the days of lugging travel books around the globe. Today you can leverage your digital gizmos and download all your travel books onto your device of choice: Kindle,…

NewLook

We Have a New Look!

Good news! We have a new look that should be easier to read / browse / etc.  The posts are now summaries versus entire posts.   Also, the elves have…

Chris the Redeemer Above Rio. Source: Artyom Sharbatyan

Her Name is Rio…

…and she dances on the sand of two of the most famous beaches in the world: Copacabana and Ipanema.  Barry Manilow sang about them in his 1978 song Copacabana, The Girl from…

CatherineLuToursLogo-med

Private Tours in China

While I’m not new to traveling to and around China, I have not done it on my own and usually have a guide of some sort.   While I vow every…

Snapseed-Logo

Snapseed: Photo Editing on the Go

Many travel bloggers carry laptops with them to tweak their photos.  I prefer not to lug around a laptop, if possible, and rely on my iPhone and iPad, as well…

bna-logo

Indie RTW Travel Planner

Not tied to an airline alliance?  Want to travel outside of the alliance’s hub-spoke territories?   Check out BootsNAll RTW travel trip planner, Indie: http://indie.bootsnall.com/ [requires registation].  They’ve built a great search…

Wi-Fi_Logo

World Wide Wireless: Connectivity while traveling

One of the biggest questions when traveling abroad is connectivity.  It can be expensive or non-existent. So what’s a traveler to do? Wi-Fi is your Friend: For the most part,…

20130508-153020.jpg

Visas

When traveling internationally, it is important to verify the entry requirements for each country.  Many countries require visas prior to arriving, and these must be obtained from a consulate or…

Front wheel drive in China!

Surface Sectors

Once your round the world (RTW) itinerary and dates are finalized and tickets are purchased, it’s time to start planning or finalizing the surface sectors, if you have any. Surface…

Pin It
[ + ]