Round the World - eastward or westward

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Lchen3328

Member since 08 Nov 2015

Total posts 16

Hi everyone

I am planning a family RTW trip later next year & undecided whether to start with US (eastward) or Asia (westward) first.
I guess the benefit of choosing eastward is flying in tailwind (hence lesser time on air) however the downside is jet lags due to many overnight legs. Going westward means more time on air but most legs depart & arrive during decent day times.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Dredgy

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Member since 02 Apr 2017

Total posts 164

Westward is a serious help with jetlag, and if you’re flying in business class then more time in the air is a plus :p



russell

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Member since 04 Nov 2011

Total posts 191

West is best...always work to that rule.

Red Cee

Member since 15 Feb 2018

Total posts 151

I always fly West when possible. Many more sleep opportunities, and you are much less subject to jetlag.

Himeno

Member since 12 Dec 2012

Total posts 287

I tend to start in Asia and head east Asia-NA-EU-Asia. Going west has screwed me around in the past with sleep patterns etc more then east (the 10-12 hour Asia-Europe day time flights are a real killer)

Going east I get almost no jetlag like issues. Going west, I get lots.

That said, it's looking like my trip this year is going to have to be westward due to when things are on and the times I am more likely to get leave.

patrickk

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Member since 19 Apr 2012

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I prefer westward as it seems to suite my sleep pattenrs better.

richard89

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Member since 21 Mar 2017

Total posts 33

AU-Europe I prefer going via Asia, and home via LA/SFO. Its all personal preference but I like flying during the day as I can't really sleep on planes. And all of those sectors are day flying except LA/SFO-Australia but they're such long sectors with night-time darkness the entire way I usually manage a decent sleep somewhere as far as Hawaii below me. The worst flight in the world is Australia-USA. Darkness outside of the aircraft at 2 in the afternoon. Gross!

lafleche

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Member since 08 Jun 2016

Total posts 24

Over the years I've done a number of RTW trips. Mostly starting eastward bound for family reasons. Only once gone the 'west way" and it was certainly better for me in terms of jetlag.

Lchen3328

Member since 08 Nov 2015

Total posts 16

Thanks all for the advice.

Looks like westward is the way!

worldwanderer

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Member since 13 Jan 2017

Total posts 17

Done the RTW twice westward and twice eastward. All future trips will be westward whenever possible - not suffered jetlag - whereas eastward i'm a write off for 24 hours.

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