My Round The World Trip Itinerary!

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It is more than a year and a half since I left my home to travel around the world. Most people I meet are curious about the planning stage – how I planned to go where, when and how. If you are as curious, I’m going to disappoint you big time.

All I planned before leaving for my epic Round the World trip was how I will manage to travel in USA and Canada, which continents I will visit and how many visas I will need to leave my house with (downsides of traveling with a not so travel-friendly passport). Rest everything happened on the go.

 

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This RTW trip was my biggest bet on experiencing what it is to be totally and unconditionally free. I desired to revel in the uncertainties that road brings, to live by own rules and witness how it is to be alive every moment. And so, I changed a lot of plans on the go. In fact, I had to start with SE Asia but a discounted fare to Paris prompted me to change the entire plan just two weeks before I had to leave. Still everything fell into place – including my travel map. Look at it, doesn’t it look like work of a master planner?

 

 

Here is my RTW itinerary for you. For the sake of simplicity, I am dividing my trip into three phases- each phase representing my travels in one particular continent.

Phase 1 – Europe

I started this RTW trip with Europe. I did a round circle starting and ending in Paris covering Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Vatican City (not in the same order).

And where did I go exactly? Well where my heart desired to or where my finger pointed to, well really! I got a complimentary Eurail map along with my Eurail Pass. And whenever I had to decide my next destination, I would simply close my eyes and move my finger on the map. And the city where my finger stopped got the chance to host me.

And that is perhaps how far I have traveled (literally and figuratively) in this journey. Before this, whenever I had to travel even if to the next city, I would spend days researching and making itineraries. And here I was, miles away from home selecting the next country by just putting my finger on it.

I love Europe!
I love Europe!

Major cities covered in Europe: Paris, Brussels, Bruges, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Warsaw, Budapest, Prague, Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Postojna, Bled, Zagreb, Split, Verona, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Vatican, Barcelona, Madrid

Phase 2 – North America & Mexico

This was the only well-researched part of my entire Round the world itinerary. From Paris, I flew to New York covering USA, Canada, and Mexico. I ditch the classic New York to Los Angeles route because I had already traveled to the USA before and so had no desire or money to repeat the destinations.

This segment was not only difficult but extremely expensive. The distances are long and so I had to fly twice within the continent. For rest, I used the services of Amtrak, Via Rail, Greyhound, and Megabus.

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USA, Canada & Mexico

Major places visited in North America: New York, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Mexico City, San Juan Teotihuacan, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Tulum, Aguascalientes, Yucatan, Chicago

Phase 3 – South East Asia & Nepal

This was my favorite segment. Everything is so affordable and easy in Asia. I spent a month (or more) in each country I visited except Cambodia which I left after 10 days due to excessive heat.

I started my voyage with Thailand. From there I flew to Yangon (Myanmar) to avail E- Visa and later I traveled overland to other countries – Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. From Hanoi, I flew to Bali (Indonesia) and later to Nepal. The modes of transport I used in Asia – well almost everything available – slow boats, ferries, tuk-tuks, motos, chicken trucks, trucks, trams, shared vans, taxis, buses, flights.

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Enchanting SE Asia

Major places visited in Asia: Phuket, Phi Phi, Krabi, Hua Hin, Amphawa, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Yangon, Inle, Bagan, Mandalay, Amarapura, Inn Wa, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Bokeo, Luang Prabang, Phonsavan, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Pakse, Don Det, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Halong, Hanoi, Sapa, Bali, Ubud, Kuta, Gili, Pokhara, Begnas Tal, Panchase, Bandipur, Bhaktapur, Kathmandu

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18 thoughts on “My Round The World Trip Itinerary!

  1. I have started backpacking ever since I was a child. In the beginning, my grandfather was with me and took me across the India- to which ever place he visited. He used to ask me- Siddu, do you want to accompany me? And in response I used to pack my bag and be ready. That’s how it started. I haven’t covered entire India though. Much of it is left unexplored. Now my question is – how much of money will suffice to kick start a RTW? I have started saving money from few months back, but since I don’t have 6-7 figure salary yet, what do you suggest?? What are your suggestions for the one who wants to start a RTW?

    Thanks & regards,
    Siddartha Yerabati

    1. Siddu, thanks for writing to me. All the questions that you asked will be answered in my new posts – one of which will fo online tonight. So just be here and you will get all the answers.

      Cheers,
      Leena Bansal/ Miss Walking Shoes

  2. I have started backpacking ever since I was a child. In the beginning, my grandfather was with me and took me across the India- to which ever place he visited. He used to ask me- Siddu, do you want to accompany me? And in response I used to pack my bag and be ready. That’s how it started. I haven’t covered entire India though. Much of it is left unexplored. Now my question is – how much of money will suffice to kick start a RTW? I have started saving money from few months back, but since I don’t have 6-7 figure salary yet, what do you suggest?? What are your suggestions for the one who wants to start a RTW?

    Thanks & regards,
    Siddartha Yerabati

  3. For countries you travelled in europe, you got only schengen visa or you had to applied for some country specific visa too?
    And how much time duration you spend in europe to cover all the journey and in north america too?

  4. Hi Leena,

    First of all, a Big Thank you! I am also on a South Asian passport and visas & travelling solo as a female was a problem that was stopping me from doing this but now you have inspired me! :)

    I have a few questions
    – How did you manage to get visa when you were quitting your job to travel around? was it based on the money you saved?
    – did you not go to any country you wanted because of a visa issue?
    – how long did you spend in each country in Europe? You’ve said you spent 3 months but I counted 18 countries here. Would be great if you have a breakdown of no. of days as I can use it to plan my itinerary too (of course, tweaked a bit based on what I want to see)
    – I’ve read a lot of bad warnings about Nepal; how did you feel when you were travelling there?
    – Are you planning on blogging about your experiences in the individual countries? or have I just not seen them?

    Thanks & Regards,
    Sadie

  5. Hi Ma’am,
    One doubt.
    If we want to travel to four or five Schengen States in Europe,do we need to apply visa for each and every State? Or apply only for the State where we first land?
    Second doubt.
    If we go as a tourist,what are other formalities to get visa? Is it a must to show a huge bank balance and submit a bank statement?
    Third one.
    We plan to visit Germany,France,Check Republic,Italy and Switzerland.What are your suggestions/guidelines?

    Thanking you.

    Haris T M

  6. Nice blog. This is a very good blog on adventures trip. I would like to thank you for all the information you give. Its really important to choose the best travel guide to know the different place in earth. So thenks for the information you give.

  7. hey …. firstly a bigg congratulation for your tireless efforts of knowing the world and executing it efficiently … and also for giving up all information and sharing your experience.. i would like to know your detailed day to day itinerary of Europe travel … i mean which places u have traveled in megabus which area s u have taken euro star and one more thing.. suppose u are taking a train… from hostel what mean of transport you have taken to reach the station be it a megabus. and the hostel names how many days you have spent at each destinations.
    all d best fr future endeavors

  8. Dear Leena,
    First of all really big congratulations that you are inspiring so many youthful people to travel the world exploring themselves. I have some doubts about your Europe Trip as I am also planning the same next summer. I am planning to include Russia, England and Romania too which are not included in Schengen Countries. So as an Indian Passport holder we’re supposed to get visa for those extra countries’ separately. So, what I was wondering was, What would be the procedure to get the visa to travel from Schengen Country to Russia. I mean what am I supposed to do at the Russian Embassy?
    Hoping for a reply.!
    Thank You in Advance.

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