Between the flights, visas and hostel reservations, those embarking on a RTW trip certainly have quite a bit of planning to do. And arguably the most important part of RTW trip planning is exactly which cities to visit. Or rather, which cities to skip.
The world certainly has no shortage of sights to see and never is this made more clear than when you are planning a trip that will take you to each of its four corners. Though the list is certainly debateable, here are five stops that I think every RTW trip should include.
Barcelona is home to some of the world’s most exotic paintings, clearwater beaches, and stunning architecture. The second largest city in Spain couldn’t possibly dissapoint somebody looking to kick back in the sun for a few days.
Unlike many beach side cities in Spain, there’s far more to Barcelona than sunbathing.
The works of Guadi, the strange obsession with Italian cuisine and the shopping on Las Ramblas all await those who make a stop in Barcelona.
It is worth noting however that car hire should probably be avoided. Barcelona is also famous for being home to some of the world’s worst drivers, with a single traffic accident estimated to occur every nineteen seconds.
Montreal, a city in the Canadian province of Quebec, seems more French than Canadian but that’s part of it’s unique charm. With both French and English speakers, Montreal is easy to navigate for virtually anyone and has a little something for everyone.
From bizarre art to hockey-crazed sports bars, Montreal is also home to several beautiful beaches, a nightlife that seemingly never ends, and quite possibly the worlds most interesting underground shopping centre.
San Diego, California
San Diego, California is popularly referred to as “the birthplace of California”. From birdwatching to brewing, from beach-lounging to castle-touring, San Diego has everything you could want from an RTW stop off point.
The neighbouring Anza-Borrego Desert offers 600,000 acres of spectacular national park.
And when you get tired of all those roadrunners and golden eagles, you can explore the Gaslamp Quarter. The Gaslamp Quarter consists of no less than 16 blocks of Victorian era buildings that feature some of the city’s finest restaurants, nightclubs, and shops.
Sydney, Australia is a must-see for anyone who enjoys scuba-diving, opera or exotic animals. With astounding beaches and world-class luxury resorts, each year, Syndey attracts tourists from all over the world.
The city also happens to be conveniently close to both the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru. The Great Barrier Reef is considered to be one of the most astounding natural attractions on earth and Uluru happens to be the world’s largest monolith at 345 m high, two miles long, and one mile wide.
Call it kinky, call it crazy but there’s no arguing with the fact that there’s something pretty unique about Japans capital. Between the crowds, culture shock and out of this world dining, there are few places on earth more likely to lead to life long memories.
Highlights include Akihabara Electric town, which has far more lights than any one town could ever need, and of course the Nishi-Shinjuku Skyscraper District which manages to combine skyscrapers and Mount Fuji into a single skyline.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about Tokyo however is simply how interesting ordinary activities can be. Even a trip on the metro tends to be an experience in itself. Tokyo isn’t cheap but then again, how many RTW trips do you plan on taking?
This article is written by Barbara Woodberry. She is working for www.magazinesubscriptions.com as an editor. It is a website that sells magazine of various genre.