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Around The World Update

As my regular readers may remember, I’m doing a trip around the world this summer! Here’s an update of the itinerary:

May 08-May 17 Peru
May 18-June 02 Hawaii
June 04-June 18 New Zealand
June 07-June 11 Side trip, NZ to Sydney
June 19-July 04 Japan
July 04-July 27 Thailand
July ??-July ?? Side trip, Thai to Malay/Vietnam?
July 28 Return to Munich

If you’re in any of these spots at the same time, let me know, perhaps we can meet!


So, what’s left on my to-do list? A LOT, believe me! I need malaria tablets, zip ties, luggage locks, DEET bug repellant, a few more vaccinations… and I have to learn a bit of Spanish and Japanese.

What can you expect from the blog while I’m on this trip? I’m not 100% sure yet, but here are some of the ideas I’ve been kicking around:

  • Short post with a photo-a-day (delayed slightly due to spotty internet access)
  • Tales about a bottle of Blair’s Death Sauce I’ll bring with me (haven’t decided what flavor)
  • Mini-reviews of the places where I stay: mostly hostels
  • Descriptions of hikes and other sights I see (maybe after I return from the trip)
  • Anything else you’d like to see or hear? Leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do!

I’m also interested to get any special tips you might have about the countries I’ll visit. To give you some ideas, I’ll start with a few of my own hot tips from the last year:

  • Hong Kong: Sushi One has half-price sushi after 10pm. And it’s some of the best sushi I’ve ever had, with a huge selection of a la carte items I’d never seen before!
  • Taiwan: In the town of Hualien, near Taroko Gorge, there’s a huge restaurant with fantastic (and cheap) food. It’s full of locals, and it was super-tasty. Probably a taxi driver could find this full-city-block restaurant:


  • Austrian Alps: Fantastic skiing can be had during the pre- and post-season at Hintertux Glacier. For the non-skiers they have a very cool limestone cave at the Spannagelhaus, and an Ice Palace cave at the very top of the mountain. The limestone cave (and probably ice palace as well) are open all year round, in case you’re a summer visitor.
  • Vienna: You must see the Iron Man near Vienna’s Rathaus (city hall). There are hundreds of thousands of nails pounded into this wooden statue and pedestal.


Happy traveling on your own vacations, and hope to see some of you along the way!

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Posted in Around the World 12 years, 6 months ago at 2:24 pm.


4 Replies

  1. Wendy Apr 7th 2010

    Tips for NZ: Arrive bearing gifts … kidding !
    Tips for OZ: Arrive bearing flyswatter … not kidding!

    Tips for the rest: Enlighten us upon your return – or else :)

  2. Wendy, if there’s space in my luggage maybe I can bring a souvenir Hawaiian flyswatter 😉

    The OZ guys don’t just use chopsticks like Mr. Miyagi?

  3. Beautiful trip, Dave! Great mix of destinations. Glad you’re able to include a little of South America in there. It’s a nice change from the standard RTW itinerary. Plus you’ll be able to contrast another continent when all is said and done.

    Have a blast!

    .-= AirTreks Nico´s last blog ..Best of the RSS: What’s on the Web This Week =-.

  4. Thanks Nico! I wish I had more time in S. America… but overall my time for the trip is a bit limited, and my Spanish is limited to reading menus 😉

    I’ll have to try and squeeze Africa in later in the year, after my big trip. Then I can get up to 6 continents in a year, hah.

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