How to save and see the world
In February 2004, I travelled on a round the world ticket that allowed me to visit the USA, Germany, UK, and then onto my destinations of Hungary, Slovakia and Iceland.
In 20 days, I'd spent a day in LA, 3 days in New York City, short stops in Frankfurt and London, a day trip to Edinburgh, 5 days in Budapest, 2 days in Bratislava and 5 days in Iceland. Not long enough to get bored, but long enough to see what I wanted to see, and experience what I researched about each place.
I capped the trip off with a stopover in Frankfurt and then Singapore on the way home, and worked the flights so I got back to Melbourne at 8pm with no jet lag.
The best part about it was, it was cheaper than a basic return flight to the UK! And, because I'd spent some time researching what I'd wanted to see in each country/city (including some great little places to stay and to eat), I didn't waste any time.
It helps having a good friend in the UK for a base, but unless I was very short on time to organise the trip, I'll do this again, but might go via South Africa and Switzerland next time instead.