Ok, we changed our minds again. The round the world ticket has now become a ‘circle the pacific’ ticket. We can go to Europe any time, and this way we won’t become too burnt out to enjoy the trip by traveling for so long. Plus, we do have a dog which has to stay with grandma while we are gone. Instead of doing a huge round the world journey we are breaking it up into two smaller (but still big) trips. It is just as economical and will be easier to plan (and pack!).
So the basic itinerary for trip number one is LA-Hong Kong-Bangkok-Bali-Perth-overland to Brisbane-Auckland-Tahiti-LA.