Congratulations on your upcoming graduation. As a former TA
, I used to ask my pax to be sure that they knew what they were letting themselves in for with itineraries like this ( usually not a problem in New Zealand / Australia where I worked because pretty much everyone there flies longhaul itineraries) I assume that you are travelling in economy class ( apologies if that is an unfair assumption)
I am also assuming from your post that the only "longhaul" travel you have done has been transatlantic where you are dealing with only 7-8 hour flights and time zone changes of only a few hours .
If you only have thirty days dont forget that you will be losing cumulatively at least 3 days in all the flying - it also usually takes most people a couple of days to recover from a true longhaul flight ( having said that I had a client who flew three times are year AKL
in economy for 10 day trips and always came back seeming as fresh as if he had had a months vacation - but he was a very unusual person ) so I would suggest you limit yourself to 2 or 3 stopovers if you want to do them properly .
In my experience the biggest "mistakes" people on an itinerary such as this are as follows
* going straight to sleep after an early morning arrival somewhere - I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to keep going until local night time if you want to get over the jet lag as quickly as possible
* overdoing the booze ( particularly if it is free ) drink plenty of non-alcoholic drinks in flight
* deciding that since it is a "once-in-a-lifetime" trip that they have to try
to see everything - they usually end up running themselves into the ground
It is hard to advise you where to go because obviously I am not you , I don't know your interests other than what you have listed in your profile - I think that you are doing the right thing by starting to plan your trip now - take some time and jot down a few notes of what you think will be the highlights of your trip - put it away for a couple of weeks then take it out and look at it again to see if those still seem to be the most important things for you - this has often helped my clients work out what the "must do" things are so that they can focus on them .
I also have to say that if you are not good at sleeping on planes ( I am terrible ) then try to get airlines with AVOD PTVs ( I just know that I am going to get flamed by people who say that they dont care about IFE )
Good luck with your planning - I look forward to reading an interesting trip report next year
I see from your profile that you are 16-20 - I guess therefore like most guys your age you think that you are indestructable - sorry to tell you - but you are not - so don't forget travel insurance