Why We’re Not Going RTW

There seems to be a big trend towards travel bloggers writing about all things RTW. I see page after page of travelers talking about what stage they are in. Some are planning and saving, some are in the late stages of counting down to their launch date, some are on the journey already. There are RTW planning apps, tracking apps, budgets, get-togethers and groups all over the internet in support of it.

While I love reading about those trips and admire the people who take them, and I understand the appeal of making a ‘Round The World journey in theory, I just can’t get on that bandwagon. It sounds too much like work.

Maybe it’s because my attention span is too short. Taking on a journey with such a focused goal, a linear plan, and a definite map? Well, that’s just not for us.

What's the longest, most convoluted and scenic way to get from here to there?

East or West?

We are wanderers.

We change our minds.

We get wild hairs, and bees in our bonnets.

So, as much as we love reading about everyone else’s RTW journeys, this blog won’t ever have a “RTW” page. Instead we have our map, and I can promise the pins will show up in random order. We’ll hop, and we’ll skip. We’ll stay in one place for a while and gather a cluster of new pins all close together, then we’ll jump and start a new cluster somewhere else. There are some trails we’ll follow, but they’ll be smaller in scale. Nobody knows, least of all us, where the next landing pad will be.

We don’t know where we’re going. We don’t know how we’ll get there. We don’t know how long we’ll stay.

We like it that way.

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A Scotsman and his American photographer wife traveling the world and writing about it. Tales, reviews, photos, interviews and crazy goings on. Because you never know what's going to happen.

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5 Responses to Why We’re Not Going RTW

  1. Jennifer Souza November 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    I’m with you, Peg. I am such a terrible tourist. I was in Paris for 4- almost 5- days and never made it to the Champs Elysee of Eiffel Tower.
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      November 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

      But I bet you still had a great time! I kind of like leaving some things unseen, it gives us good reason to go back.
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  2. Mica
    Twitter: kaypachatravels
    November 27, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    I agree in the sense that plans are always made to be broken! As long as you have a general idea of where you want to go, the rest always just falls into place (well most of the time.)
    We knew we wanted to head to SE Asia but we’ve just been going where we want and not feeling guilty about not seeing this or doing that.
    As technically we’re not on a RTW, we have even less direction. We’ve adapted the gypsy lifestyle for ourselves and its nice to know that there is no rush.

    I love your site!

    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      November 27, 2011 at 11:02 am #

      No rush, no schedule, no definite plan. Best way to do it for us. We love it when someone else gets it too.
      Thanks for the compliment!

  3. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler December 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    RTW trips do sound a little exhausting. I love the idea of seeing a ton of places in a short span of time, but Scott and I can’t handle that lifestyle these days. We went on a two month trip last year and saw a bunch of amazing places, but at the end of it we were tired and needed a vacation. I don’t want to feel that way about travel. I like your idea of not knowing your future plans. It’s a fun way to live because then you don’t feel locked into anything. I know I love changing my mind almost as often as I change my underwear. ;)
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