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Unexpectedly Around The World

Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:48 am

I sit here in the JAL Sakura lounge about to embark on an NRT-ORD-MCI trip that will wrap up my unexpected RTW trip, and I cannot help but think of how lucky I am to be able to fly around the world for the first time. Sure, I travel a lot...too much according to my fiancé! Perks of being raised in Namibia to American parents and having a job that operates in China or Germany as often as Texas or California. But this...wow.

Now this was not planned. I originally had meetings in Dubai, and then was going to Cairo until...well...yeah. So DXB-HKG-NRT presented itself, and a mini-vacation in Japan is hard to pass up.

This thread is not to brag, but rather to give a slow clap to the "Round the World" itinerary. Something that, despite all my travel, I never truly saw as a realistic endeavor. So, the thread is about that, and to bring up your memories of your first, or favorite, RTW trip. Do tell...
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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:19 am

I flew FRA-AUH-BKK-HKG. after spending my vacation in Hong Kong I got stuck as a standby traveller. all the direct flights to Europe were full so I went HKG-LAX-FRA instead:

my first RTW
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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:08 pm

My first was in May 1992, with the following routing:

LHR-NRT-SIN-CNS-SYD-MEL-(bus back to SYD)-HNL-SFO-(all over the US using an Amtrak rail pass)-JFK-LHR.

Back then all flights were in 742s, 743s, 744s and even a 747M from SYD to MEL apart from the QF legs SIN-CNS and HNL-SFO, which were operated by 767s.

Not sure it can truly be considered a RTW itinerary due to the fact that I travelled up, down and across the US by train (apart from a short hop on DL MCO-MSY for convenience), but it was a RTW trip to me!
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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:42 pm

After university with some friends we bought an RTW ticket and had a year out. Route was:
LHR-GRU-GIG overland EZE-AKL overland CHC-SYD overland CNS-PER-DPS-SIN overland BKK-HKG-BKK-LHR.
A few years later we had to go at short notice to a funeral in New Zealand, but it was before the HKG route opened, so we went via LAX both ways.
Some friends had a 2 week holiday and went LHR-LAX-MEL-SIN-LHR spending 3-4 days in each city...

For jet lag purposes, I recommending flying westwards...

Flights booked: NWI-AMS-JNB-DUR, JNB-AMS-NWI
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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:29 pm

I work in the air department of a cruise line. We offer cruises out of Honoluu.
When guests purchase their flights as a package for their cruise, they usually fly the day before the cruise to HNL, i.e. FRA-LAX-HNL, stay a night in a hotel and embark the next day.

It already happened twice that people had flight irregularities, last time i.e. the guest was supposed to fly BRE-FRA-LAX-HNL. BRE-FRA was cancelled. After discussing with LH they agreed to rebook the guest as follows:


The guest arrived on the morning of the cruise and could directly transfer to the port to embark.

The flight back home was as planned HNL-LAX-BRE...In the end the passenger flew around the world (but not seeing much of it   ).

I guess on Germany-HNL flying the longer way round is an option in case of irregularities.
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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:58 pm

Last year when Delta planned to operate a one off flight NRT-SEA with a 757, i decided that it would be too good an ride to pass.....problem was, i live in London
plan was


anyway, jumped on the NH 777 LHR-NRT no problem, only to arrive at the Delta desk to be told that he SEA 757 was CANX.......

so went over to AA, took the next flight to ORD, the the next flight back to LHR.

Total time door to door was 38 hrs.....

Great fun too.
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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:41 pm

Quoting signol (Reply 3):
For jet lag purposes, I recommending flying westwards...

Something I have often thought of doing, but with limited time of only 2 weeks, i keep putting it of.However reading these posts has added" more fuel to the fire "as such and I am interested to read any more tips.

Number 1,fly westwards ???,a good idea no doubt??

Thanks in advance.

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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:56 am

I flew PVD-EWR-LAX-BOG-GRU-JNB-LHR-CDG-NRT-SYD-AKL-HNL-LAX-EWR-PVD a while back. It was amazing!
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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:59 am

This is a dream I have an one that might happen in the not so distant future. I guess at most I've only managed to travel about half way around the world a few times, as I was living in Singapore and going back to Miami every 6 months. Usual routing was SIN - TPE - LAX - CLT - FLL... But the return was always the same way.

Now I am looking at a RTW for our honeymoon going from Singapore to South America via Australia then on to Europe to visit family and back to Singapore.

Another reason for a RTW might be for work, but that's still not even remotely close at this point in time.

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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:05 am

My 1st RTW was in 1976 and was on the following routing:


Aircraft types were: D10-742-D10-D862-D10...

Those were the days !!!
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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:47 am

I went on my first RTW in Aug/Sep 1997. Flew LAX-PHL on UA, PHL-LHR-ARN on BA, ARN-BKK on TG, BKK-HKG-TPE-KIX on CX, ITM-FUK on NH, FUK-HND on JD, HND-KIX on JL and UA KIX-SFO-LAX. A lot of the flights were on 777s, (BA, CX, NH, JD and JL).

I have since done RTW six more times with the most interesting routing being IAD-DH-JFK-AF-CDG-AF-MXP-PE-FCO-PE-MLE-SQ-SIN-TG-BKK-NH-NRT-IAD all in continuous travel with four nights on airplanes and just a few hours in a transit hotel in BKK, all this to fly the elusive AirEurope (PE) 777........

Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777
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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:36 am

I've done this route a couple of time; ATL-DL-DXB-KE-ICN-KE-ATL
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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:36 pm

Last year my wife flew RTW in 10 days as a guest of SQ. Her trip was Business Class. Her itinerary was ICT-DFW-LAX-SIN-DPS-SIN-DME-IAH-ICT. The LAX-SIN was A345 with an 18:20 non-stop flight. SIN-DME-IAH was a 772.
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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:22 am

My first RTW was in 1994, SYD-SIN-LHR-Europe-LHR-LAX-SYD. Pretty convential and it was only RTW because it was booked fairly late and that was the cheapest option.

But the most interesting was last winter (July/August 2010):

After 40 years of dreaming, my ambition to ride the Trans-Siberian Railway was about to come true, BUT in order to do that I had to get to Moscow (not so hard) and, more importantly get back to SYD from VVO (Vladivostok) (very hard) plus there was some other stuff I wanted to include.. The result was a Sky Team RTW ticket as the most practical option. The route was SYD-LAX-SLC-SEA-MSP- LGA (DL)-BOS (Amtrak)-CDG-HEL(AF)-train to St Petersberg-Moscow-Vladivostok-VVO-ICN-MEL-SYD (KE). The whole trip was based on being able to get the KE flight VVO-ICN, the rest was fairly easy. If anybody is interested this is my trip report: RTW On SKY Team (by gemuser Dec 6 2010 in Trip Reports)

DC23468910;B72172273373G73873H74374475275376377L77W;A319 320321332333343;BAe146;C402;DHC6;F27;L188;MD80MD85
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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:41 pm

RTW is cool, except the long flight across the Pacific  But even that end at one point.



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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:14 pm

My first RTW was in '92. Routing was IAD-SFO-KIX-HKG-PEK-HKG-CGK-DPS-JOG-CGK-HKG-CDG-AMS followed by a road transfer and then BRU-IAD. The carriers were UA, CX, KA and GA. To the best of my recollection, the domestic flights in Indonesia were on a distinct ticket and the other flights were on a RTW UA/CX/KA ticket sold by UA.

I have yet to do another leisure RTW since, but I have done a few for work as a result of having to be in places pretty distant one from another in short order. Examples of a typical routing would be DFW-LHR-HKG-MEL-SYD-KUL-ICN-DFW or DFW-IAH-LHR-SIN-EWR-DFW. My last one was in the first half of 2010 and I think it'll remain so for a few years.

I have read elsewhere and here that Westwards RTW trips are far preferable, but all my work-related RTW trips have been Eastwards. That made the need to find a C cabin I could sleep well in all the more important.
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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:56 pm

Sorry but I can not claim a RTW trip in the sense as it is generally understood. I have circumnavigated the globe, certainly. But not as a continuing journey and not by air.

However I can claim to have left Hamburg by road for Rotterdam where I boarded a ship that took me via Southampton to Cristobal and Colon, continued to Papeete and on to Auckland, Sydney, Port Melbourne, Adelaide (where some daft Dutchman jumped into the sea for a bet and was arrested by the police) and finishing up in Fremantle. The journey took six weeks and the most exciting part was the transit through the Panama canal.

There had been other travels by air before and after the sea voyage, but to correctly finish the circumnavigation of the globe I would have to list a flight from PER via SIN, DEL, KWI and LHR to connect with a flight to HAM. There was a six year gap so perhaps it doesn't rate for consideration.

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RE: Unexpectedly Around The World

Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:36 pm

I flew my first (and only so far) RTW trip in 2006. My itinerary was rather simple:

15 days in Southern California & Nevada

5 weeks in French polynesia with a few inter-island flights

2.5 months studying in Japan

Back where it all started...the Nagoya-Paris direct non-stop flight is no longer in operation.

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