I live near Nottingham and travel extensively in the UK (both work and leisure). My first love has always been the Lake District. I'm a hillwalker and love the Lakeland fells as well as the Scottish hills. My passion is for grand glaciated scenery - after these sort of mountains a lot of landscapes seem lacking in wow factor.
As well as enjoying independent travel I like (informal, budget) cruises and think they're a good way to see a lot of places with a minimum of exhaustion. Don't necessarily dismiss cruises - there's a certain appeal to waking up in a new place without having to pack or sit on a plane/bus/train for hours. Admittedly you don't get to immerse yourself in the local culture, but there are some parts of the world where a quick look is enough and you'd be happy to return to a decent bed and safe food. ...But I wouldn't want to see the whole world that way.
Wishlist for a RTW trip
My working plan for a possible future trip
- Russia: Minsk - Trans-Siberian Railway - Lake Baikal - Vladivostok - Kamchatka - Kuril Islands
- Japan: onsen hot springs
- Indonesia: Borobudur - Bali
- New Zealand: fill in some gaps: Dunedin - Invercargill - Mount Aspiring - Routeburn Track - Mount Egmont - Tongariro crossing - White island
- Chile: Atacama, El Tatio geysers
- Peru: Nazca, Colca, Cuzco
- Brazil: Caldas Novas - Rio de Janeiro
- Paraguay: Iguacu Falls
- Argentina: Torres del Paine
- Falkland Islands
- RMS Saint Helena: Ascension Island - Saint Helena - England - just heard the RMS is going to be phased out when an airstrip is built :-(