Our One Year RTW Itinerary

Sometimes I feel like we should be more ambitious for this world trip and visit more countries. We’d certainly love to explore more places. But we’re seeking slow travel and I don’t want a frantic pace. As it is, we’re rushing through many places that need months to really get the feel for.

For a more detailed look at our world trip check out this post.


  • Boston (three nights in August)
  • Japan (11 nights mostly in and around Tokyo and Kyoto)
  • Viet Nam (August/September)
  • Phu Quoc Island (for a rest)
  • Cambodia (end September)
  • Laos (October)
  • Thailand (October/November)
  • Italy (November)
  • Repositioning Cruise (Costa Fascinosa)
    Ports of call on this transatlantic cruise include Barcelona Spain, Casablanca Morrocco, Tenerife Canary Islands, Recife, Maceo, Salvador Bahia and Rio de Janerio in Brazil, and Buenos Aires Argentina where we disembark.
  • Argentina (December)
  • Uruguay (December)
  • Bolivia (January)
  • Peru (January)
  • Ecuador (February)
  • Nicaragua (February)
  • Guatemala (March)
  • Mexico (March)
  • Repositioning Cruise (April)
  • Portugal (April)
  • Spain (April)
  • South Africa Road Trip (May)
    I’ve planned the ultimate South African road trip that takes us through several SAN Parks, including Kruger National Park and Addo Elephant National Park. The road trip also takes us through Swaziland and the Kingdom of Lesotho. And of course, while we’re in the area, we can’t miss Livingstone Zambia for Victoria Falls.
  • Greece (June)

Geographic Arbitrage is a Wonder of the World

Albert Einstein said “compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… he who doesn’t… pays it.”

I love compound interest. And I think geographic arbitrage is a great wonder right up there with it.

As you can see, we’re using quite a bit of geographic arbitrage on this RTW trip. Most of the countries we’re visiting have a much lower cost of living than Canada where we earned our income.  Geographic arbitrage is a big part of why we can travel the world for a whole year without breaking the budget.

Japan and Italy are real budget busters but we’re also using some travel hacks to keep them affordable. And the cheaper destinations more than offset the money hogs which keeps our daily cost of RTW travel quite affordable.