The Itinerary

Here is the itinerary! It probably won't change much from here on out. We chose destinations based on places we've been before and places we've always wanted to go, so we're revisiting some favorite spots and exploring some new ones.  Note that we're visiting every Disney park  in the world! ooo

We left home on December 30, 2012 and will return in December 2013, after visiting approximately 40 countries on seven continents.

UPDATED: November 13, 2013 

Santiago, Chile 12/30/2012-1/18/2013 Ritz Carlton Santiago | W Santiago
Easter Island 1/18-1/23 Taura'a Hotel
Lima, Peru 1/23-1/25 Costa del Sol Ramada
Iquitos, Peru 1/25-2/1 Explorama: Ceiba Tops Lodge, Explorama Lodge, and Explornapo Lodge
Lima, Peru 2/1-2/2 Costa del Sol Ramada
Cuzco, Peru 2/2-2/6 JW Marriott
Urubamba, Peru 2/6-2/10 Tambo del Inka Resort
Lima, Peru 2/10-2/11 Costa del Sol Ramada
Buenos Aires, Argentina 2/11-2/17 Hotel Madero
Cruising 2/17 - 3/3 Celebrity Infinity
Ushuaia, Argentina
Falkland Islands
Puerto Madryn
Montevideo, Uruguay
Miami, FL 3/3-3/4 Miami Airport Hilton
Anaheim, CA  3/4-3/7 Doubletree Anaheim
Los Angeles, CA ooo 3/7-3/8 Doubletree Los Angeles
Tokyo, Japan  ooo 3/9-3/13 Hilton Tokyo Bay (Disney)
Kyoto, Japan 3/13-3/17 Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Tokyo Haneda 3/17-3/18 Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu
Beijing, China 3/18-3/22 Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
Hong Kong 3/22-3/25 Hotel Shangri-La, Kowloon
Hong Kong ooo 3/25-3/27 Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
Bombay, India 3/27-3/31 Hilton Mumbai International Airport
Goa, India 3/31-4/7 Park Hyatt Goa
Delhi, India 4/7-4/9 Hilton New Delhi / Janakpuri
Agra, India 4/9-4/12 The Oberoi Amarvilas
Delhi, India 4/12-4/13 Hilton Doubletree Guragon
Katmandu, Nepal 4/13-4/19 Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4/19-4/21 Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Bangkok, Thailand 4/21-4/28 Conrad Bangkok
Siem Reap, Cambodia 4/28-5/3 Sojourn Boutique Villas
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam 5/3-5/10 Hotel Nikko Saigon
Bangkok, Thailand 5/10-5/11 Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport
Koh Samui, Thailand 5/11-5/17 Conrad Koh Samui
Singapore 5/17-5/24 Conrad Centennial Singapore
Bali 5/24-5/30 Conrad Bali
Perth, Australia 5/30-6/1 Parmelia Hilton Perth Hotel
Adelaide, Australia 6/1-6/3 Hilton Adelaide
Barossa Valley, Australia 6/3-6/5 Jacob's Creek Retreat
Coonawarra, Australia 6/5-6/7 Chardonnay Lodge Coonawarra
Melbourne, Australia 6/7-6/8 Hilton Melbourne South Wharf Hotel
Canberra, Australia 6/8-6/10 Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Sydney, Australia 6/10-6/12 Hilton Sydney
Fiji 6/12-6/20 Fiji Beach Resort Hilton
Auckland, New Zealand 6/20-6/24 Hilton Auckland
Taupo, New Zealand 6/24-6/27 Hilton Lake Taupo Hotel
Wellington, New Zealand 6/27-6/29 Intercontinental Wellington
Blenheim, New Zealand 6/29-7/3 Chateau Marlborough
Queenstown, New Zealand 7/3-7/8 Hilton Queenstown
Auckland, New Zealand 7/8-7/9 Hilton Auckland
Tahiti 7/8-7/9 (IDL crossed) Intercontinental Resort Tahiti
Moorea, Tahiti 7/9-7/16 Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa
Tahiti 7/16-7/17 Intercontinental Resort Tahiti
Auckland, New Zealand 7/18-7/19 (IDL crossed) Hilton Auckland
Melbourne, Australia (Mom arrives on the 22nd!) 7/19-7/24 Hilton on the Park
Cairns, Australia 7/24-7/29 Hilton Cairns
Sydney, Australia 7/29-8/2 Hilton Sydney
Hunter Valley, Australia 8/2-8/5 Crown Plaza Hunter Valley
Sydney, Australia 8/5-8/6 Hilton Sydney
Cape Town, South Africa 8/6-8/11 Hilton Capetown City Center
Stellenbosch, South Africa 8/11-8/15 Cloud Estate
Cape Town, South Africa 8/15-8/18 Hilton Capetown City Center
Madikwe, South Africa 8/18-8/25 Jaci's Safari Lodge
Johannesburg, South Africa 8/25-8/26 Hilton Sandton
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 8/26-8/29 Victoria Falls Hotel
Chobe, Botswana 8/29-9/2 Chobe Game Lodge
Livingstone, Zambia 9/2-9/6 Taita Falcon Lodge
South Luangwa Valley, Zambia 9/6-9/13 Pope House
Lusaka, Zambia 9/13-9/14 Protea Hotel Lusaka
London, England 9/14-9/15 Sofitel LHR Airport Terminal 5
Bucharest, Romania 9/15-9/19 Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest
Rome, Italy 9/19-9/29 Branca Hi-Tech Apartment
Venice, Italy 9/29-10/2 Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
Munich, Germany 10/2-10/5 Hilton Munich City
Istanbul, Turkey 10/5-10/10 Doubletree Istanbul Old Town
Barcelona, Spain 10/10-10/14 Hilton Diagonal Mar
Bordeaux, France 10/14-10/18 Mercure Bordeaux Centre
Paris, France ooo 10/18-10/24 Hilton Paris La Defense
Brussels, Belgium 10/24-10/26 Hilton Brussels City
Amsterdam, The Netherlands 10/26-10/28 Doubletree Amsterdam Centraal Station
London, England 10/28-10/29 Hotel Sofitel London Heathrow
Dubai, UAE 10/29-11/7 Conrad Dubai
Amman, Jordan 11/7-11/9 Sheraton Amman Al Nabil
Petra, Jordan 11/9-11/11 Moevenpick Resort Petra
Jerusalem, Israel 11/11-11/15 Dan Panorama Jerusalem
London, England 11/15-11/16 Hilton London Paddington
Cardiff, Wales 11/16-11/19 Hilton Cardiff
Edinburgh, Scotland 11/19-11/22 Caledonian Waldorf Astoria
Dublin, Ireland 11/22-11/25 Conrad Dublin
London, England 11/25-12/2 Hilton London Metropole
London England 12/2-12/3 Hilton London Gatwick Airport
Orlando, Florida ooo 12/3-12/9 Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
New York, New York 12/9-12/14 Hilton Times Square
Austin, Texas 12/14/2013 HOME!


  1. SQUEEEEE!!! So excited! So jealous! How many of these places have you been to, and how many are new? Easter Island!!! But no Malta or St. Helena? I'm enamored of both these days, ever since hearing about Malta on NPR and learning that St. Helena is not in the Mediterranean but in the middle of the Atlantic and accessible only by mailboat from South Africa. How cool is that?!?! Kathmandu! I know you've been to India, but will Nepal be new? Going to the Everest basecamp? I know you wanted to do that. And Jordan - are you going to Petra? If it's still open to tourists? Not Russia or Iceland? Galapagos Islands? A year seems like such a long time, but it's still not enough to see every place. How cruel to have to make choices!

    Wow. If I were doing this, I doubt I'd have it all planned out. I might have a couple of entry and departure dates for continents, but otherwise I'd probably want to wing most of it.

    Are you going to do the ol' backpacker thing at all? Hostels and pensiones? For that matter, how much luggage will you be taking? You gonna take a computer, or just your smart phone? Or iPad - I'm sure you have one. Suppose that would make the most sense. Are you working with a travel agent, or making all the arrangements yourself? The logistics of it are just the kind of thing I love about travel, so if you want to post about all the boring details, I'll eat them up!

  2. The world is such a big place, and you'd think that you could see a lot more of it in a year than what we've got planned. When we first made the list pf places we wanted to go, it was so long that we realized it was more like a two-year-long trip, unless we wanted to move every 3 days. And we really don't want to move that fast, you know? We're trying to spend enough time in each place to get a real chance to explore. Of course, some of the trip will be a lot more rushed (4 or 5 days in a spot before we move on) but then there will be stretches of a week more often. We may find the pace is too slow or too fast once we get going. Who knows?

    Doug is doing all the arrangements, and it's definitely taking a lot of time. He's working quite hard on it! And I need to make a post here about the planning process, actually.

  3. Hello! I'm a friend of a friend who recently mentioned your trip and blog to me. Even though I only know you peripherally, I am so very excited for you! Your trip looks fascinating and I'm happy your little one is feeling better now! I look forward to following your travels through the year. I'm an American living in Prague so if you need anything while you're visiting our fair city (or just would like a home-cooked meal), feel free to call on me! The same goes for India as all my family is there. email is

  4. The closest you'll be to where I am is at the very end, in NYC...I'd love to see you then!