In his 2004 movie, Jackie Chan goes Around the World in 80 days to win a bet. The Lotto247 Team isn’t 100% sure if that’s possible, but we think it’s definitely possible for you to try it yourself! After winning the lottery, you would have millions in your bank account and a thrilling new life to lead. Today we’re breaking down exactly how to do it and what to consider when planning your very own trip around the world.
1. Which part of the world should you start in?
This is completely up to you and it depends on how you have planned your journey around the world, but this is what you can consider:
Your current location: start in the location you are at. It is often the easiest place to start because it doesn’t require any travelling or planning from your end. You simply need to think about where you'll be heading to next.
Australia: this island continent is considered to be “far” from the rest of the world. A flight from India to Australia will take you around 10 hours, while a flight from the United States of America will set you back 20 hours. Can you picture yourself exploring the beaches, the deserts, "the bush", or "the Outback" first?
The furthest point from your hometown: Many travel experts recommend starting your trip around the world at the furthest point from your home. This way you get the long flight out of the way first and you won’t have to end your trip with a very long trip back home.
2. Always look out for iconic festivals.
Seeing the Yee Peng and Loy Krathong festivals in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Instagram is one thing, seeing it for yourself is a totally different experience.
Here are the festivals you might want to consider including in your travel plans:
Location: Venice, Italy
When is it held: February
Why it’s a must-see: if you want to take a trip back to the 18th Century complete with costumes and masks, then Venice is the place to be. Carnevale is an annual event that’s celebrated by locals before Lent. People step out in beautiful clothing to honour a different Century and they hide their identity with elaborate masks.
The Yee Peng and Loy Krathong festivals
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
When is it held: November
Why it’s a must-see: In honour of the goddess of water, orange lanterns are released to light up the sky and paper lanterns are placed into lakes and rivers.
When is it held: November
Why it’s a must-see: Diwali is known as India’s Festival of Lights. Locals create their own kolams, which are colourful designs made from rice flour and chalk. These kolams are taken and used to cover the streets. At night, different fireworks light up the sky and put on an incredible display.
When is it held: December
Why it’s a must-see: can you see yourself dancing in the streets and enjoying a 30-year-old single malt scotch? Then you need to be in Scotland in December. The Vikings were known to celebrate the Winter Solstice during late December and today, locals in Scotland carry on the tradition by celebrating with torchlight processions, fireball parades and a drink in hand!
3. Think about the weather.
Will you choose to chase Summer forever or to permanently live in your very own Winter Wonderland?
For the Summer lovers:
Head to the Northern hemisphere between the months of March and August and then move to the Southern hemisphere during the months of September and February.
For the Winter enthusiasts:
Head to the Northern hemisphere between the months of September and February and then move down to the Southern hemisphere between March and August.
How long should you stay in one place?
The length of your stay is entirely up to you and your preferences, but here’s what you should consider:
- How long will it take to travel to your destination? If it’s a long trip then you will want to include a few days to recover from travelling and any jetlag you might have.
- Do you have friends and family in the location you are heading to? You might want to stay longer to catch up with everyone and have enough time to explore the surroundings.
- Is there a lot to do in the destination you’re travelling to? The more there is to do, the longer you should stay there to experience it all.
- Is the weather temperamental? If the weather is unpredictable you might want to schedule in a few extra days just in case you need to postpone or change any activities you have planned.
What’s the best way to travel?
Fly commercial: even millionaires can use a local airline, you never know who you might sit next to on a plane or who you might meet.
Private jet: if you would like to have the ultimate experience you could always buy your very own private jet and you’ll always be able to move around at your convenience.
Cruise: We would never say no to a superyacht? Would you?
Enjoy it all: you could always spoil yourself and use different ways to get around depending on where you are. After all, you can now enjoy endless possibilities as a multimillionaire.
Have you always wanted to take a trip around the world? Comment below and tell us what you’ve been dreaming of.