A short post: today, perhaps counterintuitively, is the start of our journey.
It turns out that round the world air tickets are significantly cheaper if you start and finish in South America than if you book from the USA (the cheapest are actually from Sudan – go figure!). As such, to date we have been travelling on airmiles, half a cheap LAN South America air pass, local buses and one actual long haul air ticket we actually paid actual full price for. Our official Round The World ticket starts today, with the LAN flight from Easter Island to Santiago de Chile.
Life is tough.