1. The gorgeous, intimate upper deck of the 747
The Upper deck of the Qantas 747 only has 18 seats, and it’s all business class! This configuration is a standout amongst competitors, and one I am seriously looking forward to experiencing for the first time. Luckily I have also managed to secure a window seat. Due to this seat choice I’ve got the luxury of extra storage space, and one of the best seats in the house of the incredible views as we fly out of Sydney on this daytime departure. Add all that to the wonderful intimacy of a very small exclusive cabin, and I am in heaven! What a way to start a Round the World trip…
2. Sampling some of the world’s finest and most exclusive lounges
Needless to say I love airline lounges, I am a travel addict after all! I also give thanks for them on almost every trip I take. On this Round the World trip I planned my itinerary with one eye on ensuring I could use a number of the world’s best airline lounges. These include the stunning Qantas First lounge in Sydney with its own silver service restaurant; the American Airlines Flagship First lounge in New York’s JFK, which has a champagne bar (can’t wait to take that for a spin!); the Finnair Premium lounge in Helsinki , which includes a sauna to relieve wearied travellers; and my absolute favourite – the Pier First lounge in Hong Kong – with its complimentary massage services. I may never make it home again!
3. Santiago, Chile
My first stop is Santiago in Chile. Santiago is a bustling metropolis, cosmopolitan in nature and seething with hot dance clubs, bars, restaurants, and a raging live music scene. Whilst I am looking forward to experiencing some amazing live South American music and dancing, I am also just going to be excited to be back in a Spanish-speaking country after such a long absence.
We lived in South America for five years and I don’t get enough opportunity to speak Spanish these days, hence I’m really looking forward to immersing myself in the culture and the language of Spanish-speaking South America again.
4. New York, New York
I absolutely love New York and I’ve been there many times. It truly is the city that never sleeps but it’s also the city that never disappoints! I remember our last trip to NYC when we found ourselves spending a very cold and snowy Christmas Day riding around Central Park in a horse and carriage! Awesome, but frostbite inducing also.
On this trip I look forward to getting out and walking around in the milder climate, re-discovering all the city has to offer, including covering all of Central Park’s walking trails. I’m looking forward to going back to some of my favourites – the views from the Empire State Building and the Top of the Rock, as well as catching a Broadway show, which a trip to NYC is never complete without.
5. Museum of Modern Art
I am an absolute lover of museums and galleries, and wherever I go I always try to spend some time in the best that city has to offer. On this trip I’m really looking forward to whiling away some time in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Perusing some of the great works of Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso is an incredible way to spend time when you’re travelling. Perhaps this time I’ll also find a hidden treasure by an artist that I haven’t yet discovered.
6. Paris, France
When I was planning this Round the World trip I knew that it would never be complete without a return to Paris. The city, the food, the culture – they are all so iconic and transport visitors to the city to another world entirely. I’m really looking forward to wandering the city again, especially along the river. I am exceptionally excited to visiting the Louvre, which I haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit; and of course the icon that is the Eiffel Tower, which you can go back to time and again, day or night, and never, ever get sick of it. It has a truly special, ethereal quality that speaks to me of yesteryear.
7. People watching with coffee and croissants
Although the weather in both New York and Paris will be cool, it will still be mild enough to indulge some of my time in people watching. I plan to spend a good amount of time sitting in the street cafes of both cities, just watching the world go by. I thoroughly enjoy people watching, thinking about where they may be going and what their lives might be like.
As a traveller trying to savour the essence of a city, or any location for that matter, there’s nothing better than sitting with a coffee and a croissant (substitute any local delicacy) in the morning, or a glass of local red wine (sub in your favourite local tipple) and some cheese (or other local delight) in the late afternoon. Really! You must try it.
8. Wine – need I say more?
I am a bit of a wine connoisseur in the least stringent sense of the word – I just really love wine! I especially enjoy tasting the many and varied offerings that can be found when travelling to different parts of the world, and usually bringing home some to remind me of the trip. You know how it is, right?!
Luckily, to aid me in my endeavours in this regard, my hotel in New York is hosting a wine reception in the evening. This may, or may not, have been a deciding factor in my choice of hotel. A gentleman never tells! I love these sorts of things as they bring different people together to meet, chat, share travel stories, and celebrate life. All with a glass of wine in hand. I can’t think of many better ways to spend an evening abroad!
I’m very much looking forward to sharing my entire Round the World journey with you. I do hope you’ll share the experience with me through the blog. If you haven’t read part one of this four part series, then you can find it here – 11 Reasons Why I’m Flying ‘Round the World’ in 11 Days.
Our goal is to help to make your next trip one that will fulfil your travel wish list – whether it’s a European trip including Paris and Helsinki; or a trip to the US and the city that never sleeps – New York. Or somewhere else entirely.
I encourage you to ask me any and all questions that you have via the comments section at the end of each blog post. I look forward to responding to you with my recommendations, tips and advice.