If you're planning a round the world trip but do not know where to start, sometimes you just need a little inspiration to get those ideas flowing. Here's an 80 day round the world itinerary to help get you going.
From London, why not begin your round the world trip by flying to India for a two week Golden Triangle and Varanasi experience. You can wander through the spice bazaars and silk markets of Jaipur, take a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal and then travel by overnight train to Varanasi. The train journey, by itself, will be something that lasts with you forever. Varanasi sits along the banks of the River Ganges, and pilgrims wash and sing gently on the ghats (stone staircases leading down to the water) from dawn until dusk.
Next, let your Round the World trip take you from Delhi to Bangkok to explore both the north and the south of Thailand. Stay in a floating hut on the River Kwai, try elephant trekking and bamboo rafting near Chiang Mai, take a sunset tuk-tuk tour to the temples of Ayutthaya, and do some totally tropical island hopping to Ko Samui.
The next stop could be Vietnam, where you can stroll along the blossom-lined boulevards of Old Hanoi, sleep aboard a traditional Chinese junk boat in Halong Bay, try a cookery lesson in Hoi An, crawl through the eerie Cu Chi Tunnels near Ho Chi Minh City and sail through the Mekong Delta.
After this, why not carry on traveling around the world with a stop in Singapore, where you can enjoy the bright lights of this truly Asian city for a few days before departing for a whole new continent – Australia.
The Australia section of your round the world trip would begin in Cairns, a great base for visiting Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and the Great Barrier Reef. It's a good idea to spend a couple of days in a quirky central hotel before picking up a campervan. Spaceship Cempervans even complete with a large double bed, gas cooker, fridge freezer, water tank, cooking utensils, an MP3 / CD player and a mounted screen for watching DVDs in bed!
On your way to Cairns to Sydney, you can snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, soak up the tropical atmosphere on Magnetic Island, go sailing in the stunning Whitsundays, explore Frasier Island, try surfing Byron Bay, take a horseback ride through the forests and waterfalls of Mackay and even see a goat rodeo! Finally, you'll reach stunning Sydney, where you'll spend two nights before your round the world adventure continues. Sydney is a brilliant city with great restaurants, beautiful beaches, the famous harbor, and, of course, the Opera House.
Next, you can leave Australia and heading for South America – which would be the final stop on your round the world flight will take you to Santiago in Chile, where you can relax for a couple of days before getting active in Peru, where you can spot condors in Colca Canyon, try some Lake Titicaca island hopping, and take a two day trek to Machu Picchu.
Finally, if you go for this kind of round the world itinerary, you'll fly home the UK after traveling around the world in 80 days.