At the beginning of our trip, I thought it would be wise to keep track of a few things so that at the end of the trip, I could write a post like this. Turns out, I went a little OCD and kept track of tons of things. Curious to know how many flights we took? How many countries we visited? How many beds we slept in? Number of trains, buses, and taxi collectivos we took? What about how many minutes we actually spent traveling? I kept track of it all. Read below to find out all the details I spent too much time keeping track of.
TOTAL DAYS TRAVELED AND COUNTRIES VISITED
All in all, Emily and I spent a total 252 days on the road. From the day we left, Helena, MT on July 5, 2016 to the day we arrived back in Great Falls, MT on March 15, 2017 was just shy of 9 months. In those nine months, we visited 24 different countries on five continents.
There’s a caveat here. When counting countries it’s important to set boundaries and determine exactly what should count as “visiting” and what should not. So, our general rule of thumb for counting a country was this: we needed to spend the night in that country, and not in an airport. So, for example, we had a connecting flight through Belgrade, Serbia on our way to Athens. We don’t count Serbia. On the other hand, the USA is included in our count because we spend the first month of our trip road tripping through 8 US States (MT, ID, UT, NV, CA, AZ, NM, TX). So, 24 countries, 252 days, means we spent an average of 10.5 days in each country. Doesn’t seem too fast, does it?
TOTAL BEDS SLEPT IN
This was a fun one to keep track of. Most of the time, things never went according to plan with respect to accommodation. Between hospital visits, bed bug scares, and late trains, we often had to improvise for our accommodation. Below are the number of beds slept in, broken down into types of accommodation:
- Hostel: 30
- Hotel: 23
- Air BnB:10
- Friend or Family’s: 8
- Overnight Train: 4
- Campsite: 3
- Private Guesthouse: 3
- Overnight Bus: 1
- Hospital: 1
Total beds: 83!
We circumnavigated the globe during our travels, and we used planes, trains, buses, cars, taxis, boats, camels, and our own two feet to do it. With the exception of uber rides, this list only includes transportation between cities or countries. For example, the bus we would take in London to meet up with friends is not included. The bus we took between Brussels and Amsterdam is included. On a few occasions, we hiked from one city to another (they were fairly close, don’t give us too much credit), and those are also included.
- Flights: 37
- Road Trips: 15
- Buses: 28
- Trains: 22
- Vans: 15
- Taxi Collectivos: 3
- Boat Rides: 9
- Hiking: 4
- Ubers: 26
These don’t really fit in a good category by themselves, so like a school cafeteria trying to get rid of last week’s leftovers by throwing them into a pot and calling it the “chef’s special” soup, I’m tossing these here.
- Museums visited: 42
- Crypts and Cemeteries Visited: 16
- Free Walking Tours: 8
- Scuba Dives: 5
- Cats we attempted to adopt: 1
- Dogs Emily actually tried to adopt: 2 (One in Madrid from a shelter, and a stray dog we named Sundhar in Agra, India).
- Zoos visited: 3
INJURIES AND DR. VISITS
A world tour wouldn’t be complete without a handful of bumps, bruises, and illnesses. We had our fair share through the trip. Only a handful required hospitalization, and none were exceptionally serious.
- Doctor House Calls: 1 (Emily, in Peru.)
- Hospital Visits: 3 (Me in Argentina and Laos, Emily in Peru.)
- Kidney Stones passed: ? (3? Who’s to say. It felt like three.)
- Heat Strokes suffered: 1 (Peter, Bangkok. Turns out hydrating is important in South East Asia.)
- Traveler’s Diarrhea: Passim. (Passim is latin for “frequently” or “here, there, and everywhere.”)
- Bus Accidents: 1 (Peter, Granada. It’s a long story. Ask me in person.)
- X-Rays taken: 5 (I don’t speak Laotian. The tech didn’t speak English. We had to do a couple over.)
- Foot Fungus Infections: 1 (Don’t step foot in a hostel shower without shower shoes.)
WONDERS OF THE WORLD
Did you know there isn’t a single agreed upon list for the “Wonders of the World?” We found that out once we started trying to piece together which ones we had visited. These are the ones we hit on this trip:
- Chichen Itza
- Machu Picchu
- Christ the Redeemer
- The Great Pyramids of Giza
- The Temple of Artemis
- The Taj Mahal
We’d like to go back to the Colosseum in Rome someday, and we want to see Petra in Jordan, and the Great Wall of China. After that, we truly will have hit all the modern wonders of the world.
TOTAL DISTANCE AND TIME SPENT TRAVELING
I created a massive Google spreadsheet to figure all the above out, and I also included two columns, one for minutes spent traveling, and another for miles traveled. The minutes spent traveling does not include subways, taxis, ubers, or any “in-town” travel. It only includes the time spent traveling from one city or country to another. After traveling around the world for a little under 9 months, we spent a whopping 20,760 minutes traveling. That equates to 346 hours, or 14.4 days traveling. We literally spent the equivalent of two weeks on planes, trains, buses, boats, and automobiles.
In those two weeks of actually traveling, how far did we go? With the help of google maps, and some flight tracking apps, I arrived at the total. We travelled 42,835 miles (~69,000 km). For reference, the circumference of the earth is 24,901 miles. We nearly went around the world twice, in terms of distance travelled.
We’ve been home for almost 3 months now. We’re getting back into the groove of working and staying in the same spot, and we’re so happy to have our friends, family, and dog around us again, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I don’t miss the adventure.