We'll be honest, a trip around the world is not for everyone. It takes quite a bit of courage (especially when doing travelling solo) and that's also one of reasons why in reality not many people circumnavigated the globe on a single, long(er) trip - even though it is perfectly safe and easy to do so in modern times. The second big concern when preparing for a trip such as this one is, of course, money. "Travel around the world on a budget?" - but that seems impossible, doesn't it? Would you believe us if we told you can spend time on 4 continents and visit 7 top destinations on a single trip while spending (at the time of writing this post) less than €1,350 for all the flight tickets combined?
You'll depart from and return to Vienna International Airport.
Visit Bangkok, Thailand
Fly to Sydney, Australia
You will have 6 full days in Sydney. Seeing the Sydney Opera House is of course a must (and we do recommend you also take a tour of the building). In fact, if you don't mind a slightly longer walk, we suggest you spend a day walking through Sydney's Hyde Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens (you'll have some amazing photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Point), then walking by the shore towards the Opera House and up to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can then cap off the day by visiting the nearby Sydney Observatory or by seeing a show in the Sydney Opera House. You can also easily spend a better part of the day getting lost in the Taronga Zoo. If you're into museums, we highly suggest visiting the Powerhouse Museum and if you're into surfing make sure you catch some waves on the picturesque Bondi Beach.
Cross New Zealand off your travel bucket list next
To really make the most out of the 6 full days you'll have in New Zealand, we highly recommend you do a short road trip there. Make sure you plan everything in advance, though!
Your stay at Hawaii will be a short one, only 4 full days. But trust us, it'll be enough to recharge your batteries. You will likely stay on the Oahu island. While the island is not that big, it's also not that small. So if you're feeling up for it, we recommend you try and get a helicopter tour of the island. They are not that expensive, but you'll get to see some amazing views. The picture from above, for instance, is from a member of #teamFlyavel who had a short stop at Hawaii a couple of years ago and made the most of it by taking a helicopter tour. Besides that, hiking up to the Diamond Head is very popular. Make sure you catch the Hilton Hotel fireworks on Friday as well. We suggest you watch the sunset on the Waikiki Beach and then wait for the fireworks to begin. You'll love it!
Next up - San Francisco
You'll have another 6 days in San Francisco which is more than enough to see the Frisco bay. While San Francisco is not the cheapest of places, there's still plenty you can do for free. You'll likely want to visit the Golden Gate Bridge - in our opinion, the best times to see the Golden Gate Bridge are the sunrise and sunset. In case you're thinking about going to the Alcatraz Island, be sure to book your tickets well in advance. They sell out pretty quickly. You should also visit Pier 33 and, if you're into museums and science, California Academy of Sciences and Exploratorium. Also don't forget to see what the Lombard Street looks like in person. You might even have time to go on a day trip to see the amazing Yosemite National Park!
A trip to New York
With another 6 full days in New York City to enjoy, you will want to spend most of your time on Manhattan. Thankfully New York does not have to be expensive. You can easily spend half a day - or even the whole day - getting lost in the Central Park. You can easily spend another day or two just searching for all the famous buildings and locations - Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, Federal Bank, New York Stock Exchange, Times Square, 9 / 11 Memorial, walking over the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge where you'll have great views of the city, etc. For more ideas, see 10 cheap things to do in New York.
Quick visit of Barcelona
You'll only have 3 full days in Barcelona, so if you haven't visited it yet, you probably won't be able to see everything you'd like to see. Like in every city, there are many budget-friendly must-do activities in Barcelona as well. If you are at least a bit interested in architecture, we highly recommend you visit Gaudí's masterpieces - Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell.
Return to Vienna
The total cost for flight tickets for this ultimate round-the-world trip is, at the time of writing, €1,347.