By The Numbers
We have lived with the idea of our around the world trip for 815 days – approximately 530 of talking, thinking and planning followed by 285 days of travel.
That’s a “planning-to-doing” ratio of almost 2-1.
Okay, so maybe I’m a little compulsive about planning.
Once we started “doing,” we traveled to 17 countries, crossed 38 borders (entering and exiting Thailand twice), took 26 flights, five long-haul buses, three rental cars, one overnight train and rode in who knows how many tuk-tuks, trucks, cabs and whatnots.
We slept nine nights on a boat.
We took approximately 10,000 pictures and posted 2,553 of them to Flickr. Approximately 8,500 visitors to our Flickr page have viewed our pictures 75,000+ times.
This is the 209th post we’ve written (with just four more to go).
Readers have made 900+ comments.
To date, there have been 50,000+ visits to this site and 19,000+ unique visitors from all 50 U.S. states and 132 countries or territories around the world.
The nearly 400 subscribers to the site have viewed 65,000+ items via email or RSS feed and clicked on 11,500+ links.
Now, there’s one number I’m sure many are curious about – what did it cost?
On this subject, I learned my lesson back in Ecuador.
When I posted information about what we spent there, I was shocked by comments from a few other travelers who shall remain nameless. (The comments have long since been removed.)
It seems the topic of travel spending is a matter of religious orthodoxy.
Rather than subject myself to online judgments again, I’ll make this offer: For those trying to put together a budget for extended travel, I’ll share a spreadsheet that breaks down our costs.
Just send me an email at thewidewideworld (at) gmail (dot) com requesting it and I’ll send it to you.
But I warn you — your mileage may vary. Every trip is unique; anyone else’s budget is only a guide, and a vague one at that.
Here’s the bottom line: No matter how you look at the numbers in this post, they all add up to one singular adventure.