Planning your round the world flights is one of the most exciting things you can ever do but with so many amazing countries out there, how on Earth do you choose which places to go and most importantly – are they all possible on a round the world ticket?
Fifteen years ago I planned my route around the world. Excitedly I walked into a travel agency to book it and was told that my dream itinerary just wasn’t possible and I couldn’t fly to Dubai, South Africa or the Maldives on a round the world itinerary. Deflated, I finally accepted where I could go and earmarked the other countries for a later date.
It wasn’t until I actually worked in the travel industry and tailor-made itineraries for others that I realised what a round the trip actually entailed. So I have put together a round the world itinerary that you can actually book. Here are all my favourite places in the world that are great for solo females and reasons why you should go there.
I hope this inspires you.
London is one of the most amazing cities in the world with never-ending nightlife and so many things to do. From: markets, museums, shows, comedy and street performances, and with events happening across the capital, you could spend weeks here and still not see everything.
Highlight – Camden Market is full of colourful, interesting people and is definitely worth a visit. You can pick up so many weird and wonderful things here and sample a taste of world cuisine at the Stables.
Bangkok can be overwhelming on the senses when you first arrive so escape the air pollution and travel down to one of the beaches instead. There’s a travelling route in Thailand that everyone takes so you're never be alone here.
Highlight – Maya Bay where The Beach was filmed is simply stunning and will transport you straight to the tropical film set in Thailand. Long-tail boats depart from Koh Phi Phi.
Overland to Singapore through Thailand and Malaysia.
Singapore has got to be one of the safest countries I've ever been to. Orchard Road is the place to shop and it seems to go for miles, full of department stores. You could spend a whole day window-shopping. The main attraction is Sentosa Island: a theme park built on an island in the south.
Highlight – Night safari at the Singapore Zoo. If you've never been on a safari before then will be the closest you ever to get one. Cruising slowly around the grounds on a jeep, you'll get up close and personal with rhinos.
Australians are so friendly! If you’re a first timer this country is perfect. You will always find someone to hang out with (even in the outback) and the east coast is definitely where it’s at.
Highlight – Tasmania. Don’t do the tourist thing and stay on the mainland, instead take the ferry from Melbourne to this rugged island, Australia’s largest, and visit the stunning Wineglass Bay or Cradle Mountain. Everyone can say they’ve seen Sydney but how many have seen a Tasmanian Devil?
Home of the Middle Earth and known for its stunning scenery featured in Lord of the Rings. The country really does live up to its image and if you love the outdoors then this country is ideal. Visit Queenstown – a mecca for adventurers, or Auckland to meet others.
Highlight – Bay of Islands. Didn’t think you could get tropical in New Zealand? well you can in the north. The Bay of Islands are great for dolphin watching.
You may have to just book a return ticket from NZ and visit Fiji on a side-trip to your round the world ticket but these islands are why the word paradise was invented. Make sure you leave the mainland though for those picture perfect beaches.
Highlight – Beachcomber Island is the social, partying island where you can share a dorm with hoards of other travellers – great for solos.
From NZ to America and no other than the ‘City of the Angels,’ Los Angeles is a bit of glam after spending time in Australasia. See the Hollywood sign in the hills, window shop at Beverley Hills and watch the muscle men at Venice Beach.
Highlight – Doing the touristy thing and strolling along the Hollywood Hall of Fame looking at the famous celebrity hand prints of greats from the past and present.
Back to London!