By The Numbers

A scientist and a network engineer traveled the world. What did they bring back with them? Data, of course! Geeks to the core, tracking, trending, and generating spreadsheets are kind of fun tasks for the two of us. While we know we’re a little weird, we also know we’re not alone in our dorkiness. So for our fellow number nerds out there, below you will find some statistics from our trip (including our cost per day in each country we visited).

 

Travel totals:

Days traveled:         344
Miles traveled:         58,101
Countries visited:     32
Continents visited:    3

Mode of Transportation Miles Traveled
Plane 24,282
Automobile 20,976
Train 11,354
Boat 1,489

 

Days traveled by country:

Country Days
Australia 64
Thailand 30
New Zealand 28
Vietnam 25
Italy 18
Poland 17
England 16
Cambodia 15
Laos 14
Ireland 11
Scotland 11
Croatia 9
Belgium 8
Slovenia 7
China 7
Mongolia 6
Russia1 5
(Trans-Siberian Railway) 5
Germany 5
Switzerland 5
France 5
Czech Republic 4
Austria 4
Hungary 4
Bosnia & Herzegovina 4
Netherlands 4
Latvia 3
Serbia 3
Northern Ireland 3
Lithuania 2
Wales 2
Slovakia 1
Belarus 1

1includes four days on the Trans-Siberian railway

 

Cost of living:

Country Cost per day
(2 people)1,2
Notes
New Zealand $180.75 campervan hire increased cost per day by ~50%
Netherlands $156.75  
England3 $146.81  
Australia3 $124.45  
Scotland3 $121.09  
Italy $110.33  
Ireland3 $106.27 estimate excluding rental car: ~$80/day
Switzerland $105.40  
Croatia3 $100.33 estimate excluding rental car: ~$88/day
France $95.60  
Belgium $92.00  
Northern Ireland $91.67  
Austria $87.25  
Wales3 $86.50  
Slovenia3 $82.14 estimate excluding rental car: ~$65/day
Latvia $68.00  
China $67.71  
Czech Republic $66.00  
Poland $65.71  
Lithuania $63.50  
Hungary $61.50  
Thailand $60.42  
Serbia $53.00  
Bosnia & Herzegovina $52.25  
Cambodia $48.80  
Laos $47.64  
Vietnam $40.00  

 

Overall average cost per day $88.22
Overall average cost per overnight stay $60.06

1includes lodging, food, local transportation & gasoline (does not include optional activities/excursions)

2the following countries are excluded from cost per day analysis:

  • Russia & Mongolia – booked as part of a Trans-Siberian tour package
  • Slovakia – stayed only 24 hours in Bratislava and ate meals out (data likely inflated)
  • Belarus – no overnight stay; day bicycling trip only
  • Germany – did not pay for lodging (stayed with friends in Munich)

3countries including a rental car for all or part of the visit

 

 Sleeping around the world:

Accommodation type Nights # of ‘beds’
AirBnB 71
Guestroom/hotel 29
Campervan (New Zealand) 25 1
Elephant Nature Park 7 1
Camping (Vietnam) 2 1
Friends’ home (Australia) 2 1
Friends’ home (Germany) 5 1
Family rental (Tuscany) 6 1
Overnight transit1 16 13
     
Total 344 119


Average: 2.9 nights/bed (3.7 nights/bed excluding single-night stays)

1flight to NZ (1 night), Tasmania ferry (2 nights), Thai trains (2 nights), Thai bus (1 night), Vietnam train (2 nights), Vietnam boat (1 night), China train (1 night), Trans-Siberian Railway (1 night China–Mongolia + 4 nights Mongolia–Moscow), Moscow to Riga bus (1 night)

 

Extremes:

Southernmost point -46.6607 Curio Bay, New Zealand
Northernmost point 57.6845 Duntulum, Scotland
Easternmost point 176.0702 Taupo, New Zealand
Westernmost point1 -9.8547 Sneem, Ireland
     
Highest point 3,883 m (12,740 ft) Klein Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland
Lowest point -18 m (-60 ft) Hastings Reef, QLD, Australia
     
Max. daytime high temp2 52°C (126°F) Hue, Vietnam
Min. daytime high temp -2°C (28°F) Broughton Mills, England

1westernmost point (stopover) was at Fa’a’ā International Airport, Tahiti (-149.6067)

2including heat index

  

Photos taken by country:

Country # Photos
Australia 2,596
Italy 1,525
Thailand 1,459
Vietnam 1,134
Cambodia 1,102
New Zealand 930
England 907
Poland 869
Ireland 657
Slovenia 606
Mongolia 580
Switzerland 557
Scotland 508
Laos 487
Croatia 451
France 355
Hungary 325
Czech Republic 288
Austria 251
China 249
Belgium 247
Northern Ireland 237
Russia 215
Bosnia & Herzegovina 194
Germany 173
Latvia 133
Serbia 131
Netherlands 125
Lithuania 109
Slovakia 88
Wales 48
Belarus 46

  

Total photos taken 17,582
Total photos posted to blog 5,412
   
Shutter snaps (D7000) 20,147
Shutter snaps (D7100) 23,320
Total shutter snaps 43,467
   
% photos (snaps) saved 40.4%
% photos taken posted to blog 30.8%
% shutter snaps posted to blog 12.5%

 

Blog data:

# Blog entries 195
Pages typed 301
Words typed 176,518

 

Hiking data1:

# of hikes 42
Distance hiked 360 miles (579 km)
Elevation gain 81,666 ft (24,892 m)

1Data is reported as complete as possible. We were unable to provide elevation gain for two hikes in Asia. Also, many of our shorter hikes (≤5 miles) were not GPS tracked.

 

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