Around the World in Five Cities
Around the world trips have been the preserve of the fabulously wealthy for many years.
Recently, however, the costs associated with various elements of long distance travel (for example, flights to New York or rooms in Hong Kong) have begun to decrease, enabling more people to consider making the journey of a lifetime. In this article we examine five locations that should be top of any round the world trip, starting right here in the UK on the streets of our nation’s capital.
Stop One: London
If any city in the world can boast a rich and varied history, a wealth of historical sites, culture by the bucketful and yet still offer a lively, modern outlook, it is London. There is a wide variety of attractions in and around this bustling metropolis. The only thing better than the vast range of entertainment on offer in London is the range of luxury London hotels by HotelClub that are available to book at the click of the mouse.
For our dream trip around the world, we’re starting the day with breakfast at the Breakfast Club, followed by a morning ride on the London Eye for magnificent views across the city. The afternoon sees us take in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, before an evening dinner dance cruise along the River Thames; a perfect end to the first day of the trip!
Afterwards, it is time to head to the airport and check in for the next destination, a place where ingenuity meets extravagance.
Stop Two: Dubai
The next stop on our round the world trip is the oasis in the desert, Dubai. From the tallest building in the world, the magnificent Burj Khalifa (known colloquially as the ‘Burj Dubai’), the city is an exercise in extravagance. There is no better way to experience this than from the air, so to begin the perfect day in Dubai, why not take a helicopter tour of the city and see many of the major attractions, including the famous Palms and World Island resorts? The tour only lasts a few hours, leaving you plenty of time to sample the other great tourist attraction that Dubai is famous for; shopping. The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall in the world and home to many of the finest names in electronics, fashion, design and home furnishings.
Leaving Dubai’s magnificent skyline behind, we head westwards to another thriving metropolis that offers a completely different culture to experience on this round the world adventure.
Stop Three: Hong Kong
After the desert splendour of Dubai, we enter the incredible city of Hong Kong, one of the most diverse and exciting destinations in the world; a place where eastern and western cultures merge. What better way to start your visit to the fabulous city than by taking a trip to The Peak, the most popular attraction above the city. Travelling to the top of this mountain is a joy, along the famous Peak Tram, climbing to 1,200 ft above the city at such an incline that the buildings below look like they have been built off kilter.
After viewing the magnificent city below, you can take a trip to Madam Tussauds Hong Kong, before heading back down into downtown to spend the evening in the neon lit wonder of Lan Kwai Fong and its collection of brightly adorned bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Leaving the city from the airport is one of the true experiences of air travel. Our next destination takes us south and west for several hours, the perfect time to catch up on a little sleep.
Stop Four: Sydney
The fourth stop on our whistle-stop around the world tour takes us to Sydney, the city that is arguably most typical of Australia. From the grandiose splendour of Sydney Harbour Bridge, a timely reminder of home, given that the Bridge was actually made in Middlesbrough and shipped out piece by piece to Australia during the 30s, to the magnificence of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney is a city that epitomises everything magnificent about Australia.
After a busy past few days, it would be churlish not to take advantage of some of Sydney’s magnificent beaches. The exclusive Bondi Beach is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the glorious surroundings. If you are feeling energetic you can take advantage of the world famous surf and catch a few waves before heading into downtown Sydney. Here you can spend the night seeing one of the world’s most famous operetta’s inside the outstanding Opera House.
Stop Five: New York
The fifth and final leg of our journey before returning home takes us several thousand miles north and west to the city that never sleeps. Given its popularity as a city for business and leisure, finding quality accommodation in New York is seldom a problem providing you book in plenty of time.
What better way to discover New York than by taking a chauffeur driven limousine around the city’s most famous landmarks, such as the Empire State building, Broadway, Chinatown and of course, Fifth Avenue? After a little retail therapy, spend a night taking in the famous symbol of New York and the US, the statue of Liberty, with a gourmet dinner aboard a cruise ship in the famous New York harbour.
Five memorable days in five outstanding cities, all of which offer a diverse range of cultures that are sure to illuminate and educate as much as they are likely to entertain and inform. Although we have described a perfect day in each city, you are more than likely going to want to spend as much time as possible at each stop on your trip.
Of course, a round the world trip can incorporate any destination of your choice and with top hotel booking companies offering a selection of accommodation in thousands of cities across the globe, making a similar journey of your own design is now no longer the stuff of dreams.
So, which five cities would be on your dream trip?