I bought my Around-The-World Ticket from American Airlines on Thursday, May 22nd. I get 20 stops (on June 1st they are changing it to only allow for 16 stops due to restrictions for electronic ticketing) on 5 continents. I am going to Africa, but not through them. I’ll buy a separate set of flights from Cairo to Addis Ababa to Kenya and back.
Here’s my planned route:
1. New York City (North America)
2. Helsinki, Finland (Europe)
3. Krakow, Poland (Europe)
–At this point I will take a road trip from Krakow to Romania, Budapest, and Prague, then heading to Amsterdam.
–In Amsterdam I’ll be using a railpass to get to places in Western Europe including Geneva and Pisa before ending up in Madrid, where I’ll restart the around-the-world flights.
4. Madrid, Spain
5. Cairo, Egypt (considered Europe)
–From Egypt I’ll get a flight to Addis Ababa to visit an old co-worker in Ethiopia, then head to Mombosa, Kenya to take some pictures at an orphanage for thier pres releases, then fly back to Cairo to restart the RTW ticket.
–For the African countries I will need visas, but I believe I can get them at the airports.
6. London, England (Europe)
–While in London I need to get a Visa for India, since they will require one be obtained before I arrive. I’ll spend a few weeks in the UK while I wait for the Visa, possibly taking a trip up to Scotland in the meantime.
7. Dubai, UAE (Europe)
8. Mumbai, India (Asia)
9. Hong Kong, China (Asia)
10. Taipei, Taiwan (Asia)
11. Tokyo, Japan
–At this point I plan to head back to NYC to hang out in America for a few months. I’ll get a round-trip ticket using frequent flyer miles.
12. Beijing, China (Asia)
13. Sydney, Australia (Australia)
14. Christ Church, NZ (Australia)
15. Auckland, NZ (Australia)
16. Santiago, Chile (South America)
17. Buenos Aires, Argentina (South America)
18. Lima, Peru (South America)
19. Sao Paolo, Brazil (South America)
20. New York, NY (North America)
In theory I can add another leg and possibly change some flights, for $125, but I’ll do that later if need be. It’s an exciting time!