Top 10 Questions People Ask About Our RTW Trip

We’ve been back for a few weeks now and we’ve had the chance to see and talk with many of our friends and family about our RTW travel adventure. Following are 10 of the most commonly asked questions.

(1) What was your favorite country?

This has been the most popular question of all. Neither of us can say we have a favorite country (it would be like parents saying which kid is their favorite), but agree that one country surprised both of us in how much we liked it. Japan! It was so peaceful and calm. Public spaces were very quiet, people seemed relaxed and not in a rush, and the sights were beautiful!

Click here for all of our blog posts about Japan.

We were fortunate to be in Japan during Fall foliage.
Lake Wanaka -
"That Wanaka Tree" - The scenery of New Zealand's south island lived up to the hype.
Malta -
Malta - another place we enjoyed more than we anticipated.
(2) What was your least favorite country?

Partly because of the weather while we were there, but also the general vibe, we were a bit disappointed in South Korea. It was cold, rainy, and very windy with a bit of snow here and there, but not enough at that point to go skiing or anything. The area of Gyeongju was interesting with its underground tombs and historical area, but Busan screamed consumerism and didn’t have a lot to offer in our opinion. Jeonju was cute, but felt overly tourism-focused (it’s a very popular domestic vacation destination). We did enjoy the food in South Korea, but not enough for us to want to go back for another visit.

Click here for all of our blog posts about South Korea.

Joeonju, South Korea -
The food in South Korea was tremendous.
Busan, South Korea -
Exploring Busan with our AirBnB hosts.
(3) What was your favorite activity?

We did so many fun activities we can’t possibly choose a favorite. From whitewater rafting over the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world in New Zealand, hiking countless amazing trails, snorkeling Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the beautiful waters of Vanuatu, to tasting world-class wines, participating in a 10 day silent meditation retreat, completing a 10 day Tai Chi course, and more…we had so many amazing experiences.

Click here for all of our blog posts about New Zealand.
Click here for all of our blog posts about Australia.
Click here for all of our blog posts about Vanuatu.

Maikoya Japanese Tea Ceremony in Kyoto -
Japanese Tea Ceremony in Kyoto.
Rachel paddleboarding in Australia.
Whitewater Rafting New Zealand - Kaituna River - RTW Life Reset
Whitewater rafting in New Zealand.
(4) What was your favorite food?

We are huge foodies so we indulged in local food as much as possible without breaking the bank. We’re lucky we walked as much as we did…otherwise our pants wouldn’t still fit! Some of our top picks would have to be Sake Ramen in Japan (this is probably our #1 overall), Bibimbap and Bulgogi in South Korea, beautifully grilled fish in Portugal, and pretty much everything we ate in Thailand.

Click here for all of our blog posts about Portugal.
Click here for all of our blog posts about Thailand.

Kyoto Sake Ramen - Fushimi Sake District -
Sake ramen in Kyoto's Fushimi Sake District.
Matosinhos Portugal -
In Portugal, we both had the best fish we've ever tasted.
Chiang Mai Street Markets -
Amazing street food in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
(5) Did you get tired of being around each other non-stop?

Not at all. Even prior to this trip we spent the majority of time outside of work together. We are buddies and pretty much do everything together, so it was no surprise that we didn’t have any issues being together 24-7 during our travels. 

New Zealand Arthur's Pass -
Couples that cave together, stay together.
Glowworm Caves - RTW life reset
Glowworm cave in Waitomo, New Zealand.
(6) How often did you get asked about President Trump?

Overall, United States politics is a hot topic around the world. President Trump came up less then expected. More so in Australia and New Zealand, but we also knew more people in these places. When he came up, it was definitely in a negative light; based on our experience, he doesn’t have a lot of fans out there.

Punting the Avon -
We didn't have any political-related photos, so we thought we'd just share this one of a couple of asses.
(7) Did you get traveller’s diarrhea or have any medical issues?

We were ready with antibiotics, antidiarrheals, hydrocortisone cream, and more in our travel med-kit, but fortunately we did not have any medical issues along our travels. The only time both of us had a bit of a stomach ache was the day after trying kava for the first time in Vanuatu. Other than that, we did have a couple of colds along the way, but nothing serious. 

Pete helping filter the kava. The next day our stomachs were both a bit off.
(8) Did you have any safety issues?

No. We only had one time in Thailand walking a back street at night that we felt a little on edge, but other then that we never felt uncomfortable. We tried to be smart about things, like wearing clothing with hidden pockets, using bags with anti-theft features, not wearing flashy jewelry, being mindful of those around us, hiding our money quickly when at ATMs, and sticking to populated areas at night.  

Merill Food & Wine Rural Experience Review - Malta -
Rachel, the animal lover! This was at a farm in Malta.
Trusted Housesitters - RTW reset
A couple of the pets we watched during our stint as house/pet sitters.
(9) Why did you cut the trip short?

The reason we decided to take this trip in the first place was to step out of the day-to-day, gain a greater appreciation for what really matters in life, and work towards a more peaceful state of mind. After participating in the silent meditation retreat and Tai Chi lessons, in conjunction with all the other experiences we had up to that point, we felt we had achieved what we had hoped to accomplish. If we had decided to continue traveling it would have been simply to see the sights, which is not a bad thing, just not what our focus was at this point. Plus, it is a bit false to be practicing this new mindset when traveling full-time versus “the real world”, i.e. working and living in one place. For a longer video explanation, click here.

Vipassana 10 Day Silent Meditation Retreat -
This was the location of out 10 day silent meditation retreat in Japan.
Learning Tai Chi in Chiang Mai, Thailand -
Learning Tai Chi in Thailand was great. We still do it every morning after meditating.
(10) Are you glad you did the RTW trip?

Absolutely! We forever would have regretted it if we had not gone on this adventure. Although the RTW part is done, our “life reset” is still underway!

Barossa Wine Tour - RTW Reset
Touring the Barossa in Australia.
Hooker Valley, New Zealand
Travel to Uripiv
On a tiny airplane in Vanuatu.
Quick 2020 Update!

Since our return, both of us have followed our passions and started new businesses. Rachel started a Pilates studio ( and Peter started a boat tour business ( So far, so good!

Do you have any thoughts to share about hitting the life reset button? Please post below or contact us directly!
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Melissa Muender · March 8, 2019 at 10:16 am

Thanks for sharing your adventure with us! It sounds like you learned a lot about the world and about yourselves. Welcome back to the Shore!

    Peter & Rachel · March 12, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Thank you, Melissa! It was a terrific experience!

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