The moment has come!
You've been looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime 9-stop trip around the world for months and, finally, you're off! You've got a mighty 27,708 miles to cover, so buckle yourself in; it's going to be an unforgettable journey!
The first stop on your mammoth adventure is beautiful St Petersburg. With heaps to offer, from getting in touch with your arty side at the ballet to sleigh riding through snowy parks, you won't be at a loss for things to do in the Venice of the North.
From stunning St Petersburg to mighty Moscow, traverse across Siberia and Mongolia before arriving in bustling Beijing. There's no better way to get there than following the epic Trans-Mongolian rail route, aboard the lively Vodkatrain.
You'll be getting used to dramatic contrasts by now. From Mongolia, the most sparsely populated country in the world, your next stop is China, the most densely populated.
Tick some amazing sights (and superlatives!) off your list on the journey to Hong Kong: the world's biggest square (Tiananmen Square); the biggest man-made structure on Earth (the Great Wall of China) and the world's largest palace (the Forbidden City). For a helping hand, the Essential China tour will sweep you from Beijing to Hong Kong in 21 days.
Your last stop in the Middle East: buzzing Hong Kong!
Even though you're now a seasoned traveller by anyone's standards, even the most experienced can find themselves a little overwhelmed in this booming metropolis.
After your long journey from Beijing, let someone else do the thinking for you with a 4-day welcome package, including 3 nights at the Cosmo Hotel, a Hong Kong Island tour and transfer to the airport on your final day. Not bad for £244!
Well, you're officially over a third of the way through your trip... just imagine what lies ahead!
Make sure you ask for a window seat on the flight to Sydney; it's impossible not to strain for a view of that infamous harbour as you land, day or night.
Australia has so much to offer, and you'll see a good deal of it on your trip up the beautiful East Coast to your next stop: Cairns. For a helping hand on this journey, the Island Suntanner adventure tour takes in amazing backpacker havens like Byron Bay, Fraser Island and the Whitsunday Islands over the course of 14 action-packed days.
Cairns' popularity among travellers is well-known, and for good reason. With its tropical location and vibrant energy, there's something for all tastes in this sunny city.
But the main reason to visit is of course to see the world-famous Great Barrier Reed. There's arguably no better place in the world to learn to dive than among the incredible sea life and coral that's rife in this region. Think about joining a tour such as the 5-day PADI Learn to Dive course to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Welcome to Australia's smaller - but no less impressive - neighbour, New Zealand!
Whatever you do, don't be fooled into believing that New Zealand is all landscapes and sheep (even if there are over 47 million of them!) We challenge you to get bored in this adventure-mad country!
From geothermal geysers to bouncing bungees, you can see and do it all in NZ with a flexible hop-on hop-off bus pass; a great value way to travel around at your own pace.
You'll be ready for some rest after the adrenaline rush that was New Zealand, and Fiji is just the ticket.
Fiji is a paradise-seeker's dream. Roll out of bed onto the beach, soak up the rays on the pristine sand, swim among harmless manta rays and snorkel over giant rainbow gardens of soft coral. It's a hard life, but someone's got to do it!
If you crave a bit more action, there's always sand boarding, hot pools, jungle trekking, mud pools and waterfall swimming! Jump on an adventure tour to mix relaxation and activity from only £217!
Anything can happen in LA; the land of perpetual reinvention. No, seriously. Where else could an Austrian bodybuilder bench press his way to the position of Governor?
You never know who you'll bump into in the Sunshine State, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for famous faces as you make your way overland to San Francisco. You'll take in the sights of Hollywood, the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite National Park and Las Vegas en route - and you can do it all in 8 days from only £635 with the Ultimate California adventure tour. Sounds like a plan!
You say: I'll never forget when I was travelling in the US and I watched the sun set over the Grand Canyon, shortly after flying over it. It was one of the best experiences of my entire life! (Steph Swain, Facebook)
Your last stop before heading home - and some might say you've saved the best til last!
Fantastic San Francisco is an eccentric city - full of character and characters. You'll feel the anticipation build as you approach the city across the famous Golden Gate Bridge, and you won't be let down. Cultural San Fran feels worlds away from L.A., but is actually a comparatively short distance of only 327 miles!
Spend your last few days exploring this great city - look out for outdoor festivals which pop up practically every weekend thanks to year-round mild weather. We recommend ticking off the city's must-sees on a one-day tour, taking in Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach and Presidio National Park, among others.
Oh yes, the green green grass of home. You may or may not be glad to touch down in good old Blighty after your mammoth trip. Be sure to get those snaps up on Facebook and spread your new worldly wisdom with anyone who will listen. And don't forget: daily moisturising is the key to holding that tan!
If this sounds like the trip for you, give us a buzz on 0800 988 7470 or pop into your local branch for a chat about your options and you could be living the dream in no time!
- total distance: 26,872 miles (43.246 km)