Top Stopovers on Round the World Trips

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Best Places to See and Things to Do

Deciding on where to go and what to see on your round the world trip is as exciting as it is daunting. Rather than thinking in terms of individual countries, think in terms of regions, as this will enable you to much better visualise what your eventual route will be.

Suffice to say every region in the world has spectacular sights and experiences but some are more popular than others, ordered as such on this page. Also keep in mind that the mini lists outlining the top things to do in each place are the point on the tip of the iceberg; click through to individual country guides for a full spectrum of reasons to visit.

Australasia

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Australasia is a hugely popular place to stop on a round the world trip, especially with those hoping to settle down for a couple of months or more to work.

Key hubs:

Sydney, Melbourne, Perth (Australia), Auckland (New Zealand)

Best for:

Tours, Working Holidays

Top things to do…

  • Boat cruise on Sydney Harbour (Australia)
  • Camp on Fraser Island (Australia)
  • Sail the Whitsundays (Australia)
  • Visit Fiordland National Park (New Zealand)
  • Chill out on Nadi (Fiji)

Asia

Asia is an incredibly rewarding place to stop on a round the world trip: its culture is vastly different to the West and the challenges it throws up soon become the things backpackers love most.

Key hubs:

Dubai (UAE), Mumbai (India), Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore, Hong Kong

Best for:

Teaching, Tours, Volunteering

Top things to do:

  • Go up the tallest building in the world (Dubai)
  • Explore the Golden Triangle (India)
  • Trek in the Himalayas (Nepal)
  • Visit the temples of Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Go on a boat cruise in Halong Bay (Vietnam)

North America

Gap year in North America

A land of massive scenery and massive heart, North America will broaden your horizons in every way possible. It’s a great place to spend a couple of months working in a summer camp.

Key hubs:

New York, LA, San Francisco (USA), Toronto (Canada)

Best for:

Tours, Working Holidays

Top things to do:

  • See the Grand Canyon (USA)
  • Walk over New York’s Brooklyn Bridge (USA)
  • Hike in Yosemite National Park (USA)
  • Visit Chichen Itza (Mexico)
  • Drive through the Rockies (Canada)

South America

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Home to some of the world’s most epic adventures, greatest cities and and last true wildernesses, South America is an enormously popular place to include on a round the world trip.

Key hubs:

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Santiago (Chile), Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Best for:

Teaching, Tours, Volunteering

Top things to do:

  • Hike the Inca Trail (Peru)
  • Visit Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)
  • Experience Rio Carnival (Brazil)
  • See Iguazu Falls (Argentina)
  • Visit the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)

Africa

Gorilla in Rwanda

Not many round the world itineraries feature Africa as the continent is typically visited as a single trip rather than part of a larger one, but this is no reason not to add it into your itinerary.

Key hubs:

Nairobi (Kenya), Johannesburg (South Africa), Accra (Ghana)

Best for:

Overlanding, Volunteering

Top things to do:

  • Go on an overlanding adventure (multiple countries)
  • Spot the Big Five in Kruger National Park (South Africa)
  • Climb Table Mountain in Cape Town (South Africa)
  • Go diving in Zanzibar (Tanzania)
  • See wild mountain gorillas (Rwanda)

Journey times from London

Just how long does it take to fly to places from the UK and also from destination to destination? This short guide has been put together to help UK outbound travellers with planning their trips. We hope you can find the information you need below.

Tip: Use this guide with a time zone guide to work out roughly when you will be taking off local time and roughly when you will be landing local time e.g. You take off 9am UK time, and land 9 or 10am US / Canadian time (going against the clock) - which means that you get the whole day to do stuff. Take off 9am to fly to Prague means you will land early afternoon. By the time you get yourself sorted, the day has gone.

We tend to do this sort of detailed planning as it means that you can generally get loads of 'spare' days from a relatively short trip. Get this stuff wrong and you'll spend 'travelling time' on planes and turn up in places with no time to do stuff!

Rough flight times from London

Rough flight times from London

  • Europe >> up to 3 hours
  • Scandinavia >> up to 3 hours
  • North Africa >> up to 5.5 hours
  • Central Africa >> 7 to 9 hours
  • Southern Africa >> 10 to 12 hours
  • Middle East >> 5 to 7 hours
  • Far East - Indian Sub continent >> 9 to 12 hours
  • South East Asia >> 12 to 16 hours
  • Central Asia >> 10 to 13 hours
  • Australasia >> 19 to 30 hours
  • Pacific Islands >> 19 to 25 hours
  • South America >> 13 to 16 hours
  • Central America >> 10.5 to 12 hours
  • North America >> 7 to 11 hours
  • Caribbean >> 9 to 11 hours

Flight times can vary

Specific Examples:

  • Aberdeen (Scotland) - 1.5 hours
  • Athens (Greece) - 3.5 hours
  • Bangkok (Thailand) - 12 hours
  • Buenos Aires (Argentina) - 13 - 16 hours
  • Cape Town (South Africa) - 11.5 hours
  • Dubai (UAE) - 7 hours
  • Havana (Cuba) - 11 hours
  • Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) - 13 hours
  • Los Angeles (USA) - 11 hours
  • Melbourne (Australia) - 23 hours
  • Moscow (Russia) - 3.5 hours
  • New York (USA) - 8 hours
  • Ottawa (Canada) - 7 hours
  • Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) - 14 hours
  • Singapore (Singapore) - 13 hours
  • Sydney (Australia) - 21 hours
  • Tokyo (Japan) - 12 hours
  • Venice (Italy) - 2 hours