By the Numbers

I like numbers. My trip likes numbers too. These numbers relate to the trip which began on February 9, 2011 aka “RTW Trip #2″-

Days Traveled: 119

Countries Visited: 7 (Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Qatar, China, Nepal, India, Hungary, The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland)

Countries Visited, >24 Hours: 5 (Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, China, Nepal, Hungary, The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland)

Modes of Transport: 30 (foot, plane, bus, dalla dalla, taxicab, dive boat, scuba apparatus, swimming, 4×4 land cruiser, overland truck, dugout canoe, dragging by forest ranger, whitewater raft, ferryboat, subway, light rail, bus, funicular ie “incline,” escalator, moving walkway, gondola, train, cruise boat, bicycle, minivan,  chairlift, toboggan, kayak, paragliding apparatus, canal boat)

Number of Flights: 16 total, 10 “trips”

Number of Train Journeys >100km: 5, 4 “trips”

Number of Airlines: 13 (United Airlines, Ethiopian Airways, Fly541, Qatar Airways, China Air, Nepal Air, Jet Airways, Malev Hungarian Airlines, KLM, Transavia, ryanair, Aer Lingus, US Airways)

Temperature Extremes:

coldest: -5C (26F) at Everest Base Camp on April 19 (honorable mention: 12F (-11C) Pittsburgh, PA on February 9 going to the airport)

hottest: 35C (95F) in Nungwi, Tanzania on February 13

Places Slept, 1 night minimum: 46 (I’m counting when a hostel made me switch rooms or a new campsite and such) (2.58 nights/ location)

UNESCO Sites Visited: 12 (Stone Town of Zanzibar, NgoroNgoro Conservation Area, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, South China Karst, Imperial Palace in Beijing, Summer Palace in Beijing, The Great Wall of China, Mausoleum of the first Qin Emperor, Potala Palace, Chomolugma National Park, Kathmandu Valley, Amsterdam Canal Ring)

Books Read: 18

Beer Varieties Consumed: 40 (5 Tanzanian, 5 Kenyan, 1 South African, 3 Ugandan, 1 Dutch, 1 Belgian, 4 Irish, 5 Chinese, 1 Filipino, 3 German, 1 Danish, 1 Laotian, 5 Nepali, 1 Tibetan, 2 Hungarian, 1 Thai)

Number of Countries with No McDonalds: 5 (Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Nepal)

Number of Times Eaten at McDonalds: 3

Number of Current Communist Countries: 1 (China)

Number of Countries with Current Monarchies: 2 (Qatar, The Netherlands)

Number of Countries with Current Democracies in Some Form: 9 (Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Nepal, India, Hungary, Germany, Ireland)

Number of Currencies: 10 (US Dollar, Tanzanian Shilling, Kenyan Shilling, Ugandan Shilling, Hong Kong Dollar, Chinese Yen, Nepali Rupee, Indian Rupee, Hungarian Forint, Euro)

Maximum Elevation: 5,120m (16,800 feet), Everest Base Camp, Tibet, China

Minimum Elevation: -16m (-52 feet), Shane’s Reef, Tanzania

Number of Cameras: 2 (one lost and presumed stolen in Guilin, China, one purchased in Beijing)

The following are numbers I tried my best to track for my trip around the world from January 15, 2009 to July 31, 2009:

Days Traveled: 198

Countries Visited: 24 (Japan, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, U.A.E., Germany, Austria, Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, Hungary, Bosnia, Croatia, Ireland, U.K., Greece, France, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Qatar)

Countries Visited, >24 Hours: 17 (Japan, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Bosnia, Croatia, Ireland, U.K., Greece, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe)

Number of Miles, starting and ending in Pittsburgh, PA: ~46,541 miles (74,901 kilometers)- the equivalent of 1.87 trips around the equator, but only 20% of the distance to the moon…

Modes of Transport: 50 (foot, airplane, light rail, subway, monorail, shinkansen, taxi (car), golf cart, ferry, dive boat, diving apparatus, pickup, motorcycle, tuk-tuk aka auto ricksaw, bus, train, minivan, longtail boat, zipline, fireman’s carry, bicycle, inner tube, kayak, tram, aerial gondola, chairlift, T-bar, rope tow, aerial tram, skis, cable car, automobile, passenger van, elevator, escalator, cruise boat, carriage, 4×4, overland truck, quad bike, speedboat, mkoro, flying fox, gorge swing, inflatable raft, ostrich, horse, bungy jump, surfboard)

Number of Flights: 21 total, 14 “trips”

Number of Airlines: 12 (United Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Lao Airways, Etihad Airways, Wizz Air, Aer Lingus, Ryan Air, Easyjet, Air France, South African Airways, Mack Air (Okavango Delta scenic flight), Qatar Airways)

Temperature Extremes:

coldest: -3C (26F) in Kitzbuhel, Austria on March 16 (honorable mention: -8F (-22C) Chicago, IL on January 15 while at the airport)

hottest: 35C (95F) in Bangkok, Thailand on March 7

Places Slept, 1 night minimum: 85 (averaging 2.33 nights/bed- I’m counting when a hostel made me switch rooms or a new campsite and such)

UNESCO Sites Visited: 25 (temples in Kyoto, Hiroshima Peace Park, Luang Prabang, Angkor Wat Archeological Park, Historic Center of Rome, Historic Center of Florence, Piazza del Duomo in Pisa, Historic Center of Naples, Archaeological Area of Pompeii, Historic Center of Urbino, San Marino Historic Center, Budapest, Old Bridge of Mostar, Historic Complex of Split, Center of Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, City of Bath, Stonehenge, Acropolis, Delos, Mycenae, Cape Floral Region Protected Areas, Victoria Falls, Robben Island, Drakensberg Park)

Times Lost: lost count

Books Read: too many

Beer Varieties Consumed: 55 (4 Japanese, 3 Thai, 1 Malay, 6 German, 1 Lao, 1 Cambodian, 2 Austrian, 2 Italian, 1 Belgian, 1 Czech, 6 Irish, 5 British, 1 Dutch, 2 Hungarian, 2 Bosnian, 3 Croatian, 1 Greek, 5 South African, 3 Belgian, 3 Namibian, 1 Botswanan, 2 Zimbabwean, 1 Lesotho… by nature of this category I can’t remember what they were all called!)

Number of Countries with No McDonalds: 8 (Laos, Cambodia, Vatican City, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho)

Number of Times Eaten at McDonalds: 4

Number of Current Communist Countries: 1 (Laos)

Number of Countries with Current Monarchies: 5 (Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, United Kingdom, Lesotho)

Number of Theocracies: 1 (Vatican City)

Number of Countries with Current Democracies in Some Form: 10 (Germany, Austria, Italy, San Marino, Hungary, Bosnia, Croatia, Ireland, Greece, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe)

Number of Currencies: 10 (United States Dollars, Japanese Yen, Thai Baht, Lao Kip, Cambodian Riel, European Euro, Hungarian Forint, Bosnian Mark, Croatian Kuna, Pounds Sterling, South African Rand, Namibian Dollar, Botswanan Pula, Lesothoan Loti)

Honorable Mention: Zimbabwe Dollar, suspended July 1, 2009

Size of Luggage: 60L total (20L for backpack, 40L for suitcase)

Weight of Suitcase: ~10 kg (22 lbs) within 1 kg, based on numerous airplane check-ins

Number of Sunglasses: 4 (one lost/stolen in Laos, one abandoned in Italy, one forgotten in the U.K., one forgotten in South African hostel and never replaced)

Number of Digital Cameras: 2

Number of Umbrellas: 2 (one forgotten in a cab in Sarajevo, one purchased in Ireland with awesome sheep pattern)

Total Amount Spent Approximately: ~US$17,000 (Asia was about $1.5k/month, Europe twice that, Africa in between)

Any other good numbers I should write down? Let me know.

6 responses to “By the Numbers

  1. you need to update this!

  2. update poke (what can I say, I like this page!)

  3. i like numbers, too!
    (update poke!)

  4. Interesting stuff. We have been to the same countries in Africa.

  5. Would love to hear your S. America $$ numbers once they’re sorted.

  6. Beer Varieties Consumed: 40 — is my favorite?

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