There are few more aspirational travel experiences than a six-month vacation that hits upward of 30 countries.
Sure, the first round-the-world sailing trip back in 1521 didn't go as planned -- legendary Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan died, along with 50 of his crew during the 1,082-day voyage.
Thankfully, today's global journeys are infinitely safer and more comfortable.
In fact, on many ships, you'd be forgiven for thinking you've checked into a five-star hotel suite, such are the levels of luxury on offer.
If you are really into cruising and travel, a world cruise may be what you aspire to embark upon. These are not inexpensive cruises and I imagine that there would be a huge amount of planning required to spend 6 months at sea, but to see and experience upwards of 30 countries around the world, I think would be worth the effort.
Cruiseable has done two recent comprehensive looks at world cruises:
The five around the world luxury cruises mentioned: