Round the World Trip

  • cavecanem10

    Posts: 70

    Oct 07, 2013 12:39 AM GMT
    Hey RJers,

    I used to travel a lot for my job and accumulated a lot of miles, enough miles for 2 round the world tickets through Delta.

    Basically you get 6 countries to visit but you have to travel in one direction (i.e. you can't go to China and then to Japan if you started in the US.

    Has anyone done a trip like this? Any advice about planning it in terms of length? Or places to go that are LGBT-friendly (e.g not Russia)?

    I'd be targeting to this probably over a summer and I'd want to hit up as many continents as possible. I've only been to Spain, France, Mexico, and Costa Rica in terms of international locations.

    Or just in general as a fun daydream exercise for everyone--where and why would you go if you could travel 6 countries in a circle around the globe?

    Thanks in advance!
  • Amelorn

    Posts: 231

    Oct 07, 2013 4:39 AM GMT
    My congratulations (or condolences?) for accumulating that many miles in one of the worst frequent flyer programs in the US.

    Reference: DL=Delta

    Question: Are you looking to fly in economy, premium economy, or business class? To my knowledge, DL's SkyPesos program doesn't permit first class redemptions on partners like Air France.

    I've known people do RTW itineraries in 100 hours. I wouldn't allow less than 30 days. 6 weeks for 6 countries wouldn't be inhuman. If you had the cash/time, you could even spend a full year!

    Now with Delta, you are limited to where DL and its partners (SkyTeam+others)fly.

    Your redemption choices:
    Air France
    KLM (Netherlands)
    Alitalia (Italy)
    China Southern
    China Eastern
    Xiamen Airlines (China)
    Korean Airlines
    Saudi Arabian
    Vietnam Airlines
    Kenyan Airlines
    Virgin Atlantic
    Virgin Australia
    Aerolineas (sp?) Argentina

    So basically you have options to get to most conceivable destinations in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Australia, and Europe.

    You will be limited in terms of what is bookable online. A phone call will be needed to book the full range of possibilities. Yes, I am a mileage junkie, but mostly with British Airways (although I do keep accounts active with Virgin Atlantic, Delta, United, Qantas, and American).

    The 6 stopover rule is somewhat miserly, but you are used to such indignities as a Delta flyer.

    The question is what do you want to see/do?

    Visit the imperial palace of Tokyo? Stay at a traditional ryokan (traveller's inn) in rural Japan?

    Bathe in the sapphire waters of Cambodia? Dine on the most sublime Cantonese creations in Hong Kong?

    Find an Australian boy in Sydney for an unforgettable thrill? See the outback?

    Champagne breakfasts or gilded parties (with the price tag) in Singapore? Crazy parties in Bangkok?

    Taste the sweetest alphonso mangoes in the markets of Bombay or Calcutta? Go motorbiking in the himalayas in Nepal?

    Sit and sip tea on some sun-kissed plantation-resort in Sri Lanka and recall the days of an arcadian Ceylon?

    See the springbok go in South Africa? Go on a safari in Tanzania?

    See the Berlin Wall? Drink local beer in some little Bavarian guest house?

    Let the splendour of the Hapsburg dynasty wash over you in the Schonbrunn palace in Vienna? Or perhaps visit the historic Kaiserlautern gay baths, where the Emperor's brother got up to no good?icon_evil.gif

    In your position, I would propose Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney, Jo'burg/Capetown, London, + ?. This is not in a particular order.
  • cavecanem10

    Posts: 70

    Oct 07, 2013 3:08 PM GMT
    I know DL is poor in terms of options, but I didn't really have a choice with work, so I'm going with it.

    In terms of what I want to see, I'm into historic places, treks, and also I was a Spanish major in college, so visiting a Spanish-speaking country would be awesome too.

    Tanzania and India definitely are on there, and possibly Australia/New Zealand. Not sure about where in Europe I'd want to visit. I know a lot of friends have had fun in Prague/Switzerland/Austria. I'm not a huge alcohol consumer, so I'm not drawn to those sorts of things. Italy/Greece might have to happen too.

    Thanks for the detailed response, are these all things you've done?
  • builtnycguy

    Posts: 256

    Oct 07, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
    Check the typical summer weather for whatever destinations you are considering. Northern Australia might be fine in July, but it could get chilly in Melbourne. Japan is rainy in July, and Hong Kong gets especially wet. July is dry in Peru.

    If Delta lets you do an open jaw (arrive in one city and depart from another), you could fly to one European city (say Amsterdam), then train or bus around Europe, and set off to Africa or Asia from Rome or another destination.

    Stop in Alaska or Hawaii on the way back from Asia.

    For info on gay-friendly destinations in Asia, check

    For info on gay-friendly destinations in Europe, check

    Something else to investigate is the visa requirement for countries you intend to visit. No problem if you are in the Schengen zone (assuming you are American), but some African and Asian countries could get tricky. You can find the info at along with info on trouble spots around the world. (Stay out of malls in Kenya.)
  • Amelorn

    Posts: 231

    Oct 08, 2013 12:19 AM GMT
    My credentials:
    I've lived in the UK. I now live in Australia. I've visited: New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Ireland, Germany, France, and Austria. It's a relatively small list of countries, but I prefer to spend 1 month in one place than 5 weeks in 5 places. Then with friends, I find myself making repeat visits to see old friends rather than tick another country/capital city off the list.

    My next realm of experience are those close friends/contacts. That's where I derive more from. Nepal was my friend's idea. His stories make me want to jump on a plane; ie motorbiking the Himalayas. My grandparents went on a long "business" trip in Japan (among others).

    Historical sites are things easily found.

    Japan is replete with temples, castles, and historic small businesses (as in father--->son since 1650).

    China has the Terra Cotta Army, Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, burial mounds, and all such other things you'd expect a 5000 year old civilisation to be in possession of.

    SE Asia will be a mixture of exotic temples and palaces that seem to fuse Asian and Indian architecture. Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the most famous example, although you'll find interesting historic sites in most cities (KL and Singapore were lacking).

    India is a mixed bag. Yes, it is full of magnificence, but I have heard repeated complaints regarding the hawkers, shock at the visible poverty, and the increasing odds of contracting food poisoning/diarrhea the longer your visit is.

    "Party cities" like Bangkok or Prague are what you make of them. If you stay in the backpacker quarter and hang out in bars catering to Western European party animals, then...what do you expect? Otherwise, they have something to offer a more staid traveller.

    Austria is definitely a staid country. The core of older Vienna has been likened to a living museum, which is understandable. (I like that)