Would I do this again? I think I would have to divide this question in two. Knowing what I know today, would I have advised myself to take this trip in the first place? In other words, would I recommend it? and Would I do a different trip around the world this way?
I am heartily glad we took this trip. I’m glad we were able to do it as (most of) a family. Even though we had already been to parts of Polynesia, Peru and Australia, I enjoyed seeing aspects of those areas again AND visiting so many other places to which I might otherwise never have gone. I WOULD highly recommend this trip to others who yearn to see these UNESCO sites and get a taste of what these other cultures are like. National Geographic’s tour is the most interesting itinerary and the best value among tours like it out there. The experts bring a great deal to the experience. The fellow travelers are congenial; some have even been through life threatening illnesses in recent years.
Would I personally travel around the world this way again? I don’t think so, if only because the timezone and logistics challenges were so demanding. If I were to consider a tour that covered nearly this many destinations again, I would prefer a tour that spent at least three nights in each location. I’d prefer a tour that didn’t cross as many timezones. Or at least one where the itinerary didn’t involve getting up quite so early. What can I say? I’m not a morning person, and in case you don’t know me well, I like to have control over my schedule.
In the end, we left a stuffed animal in Peru, and an iPad charger and converter in Africa. We might have left socks somewhere. The number of false “I looked for it, and it’s just GONE!” was very high. Almost everything was in its place. As I got off the plane for the last time, I accidentally left my sweater behind, but it was returned to me at the hotel. It was a good trip.