Our first holiday rental on The Palm, Dubai, UAE.

A Grand Tour By Numbers

If you weren’t travelling vicariously with us on the twelve-month grand tour of the globe that we recently completed, you may be wondering why we’ve been complaining in recent posts of being so tired. Well, we were busy. Very busy. Don’t believe us? Below are some statistics from our yearlong trip.

In hindsight, we would have preferred to do the trip as we originally intended, staying one month in each destination — and not moving accommodation — but the opportunity was too good to pass up.

A Grand Tour By Numbers

365 days on the road

34 destinations experienced

88.417 km / 54,940 miles travelled — or around a quarter of the way to the moon! See Tripline.

30 planes, 26 trains, 8 buses, 13 cars, and 2 boats caught

36 holiday rentals that we made our homes

61 markets shopped

723 meals cooked in holiday rentals

19 cooking lessons/courses

40 recipes created for The Dish & Weekend Eggs

25 wine and liquor tastings

37 classes/workshops

44 tours taken

12 charitable deeds

19 festivals and events

67 local people interviewed

499 blog posts uploaded

424,150 words written

57,000 photos taken

Countless memories created

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  1. Kristina

    Love the post! 57.000 pictures taken, wow!
    Happy future travels, I am so looking forward to see more beautiful photography from you!

  2. Skott and Shawna

    Those are indeed some intense stats!! We are most jealous of the 25 wine and liquor tastings…in fact if it would have been our trip, I think we would have eased of on the charitable deeds, and put a bit more focus on the merlot samplings…. 🙂

    Nice work guys!

  3. Lara Dunston

    Thanks, Kristina! Crazy numbers, I know – which is why we thought we should share them. Terence will do his best for you in the photography department. Images from Thailand, Laos and Vietnam will go up with posts soon to accompany stories on our recent travels.

  4. Lara Dunston

    And you know we were going to do more… we were hoping to write about the quintessentially local liquid in each place we stayed but sometimes we just couldn’t find the right experts or the right tour/experience in time…

    If we would have had an assistant helping to coordinate each two week stay we could have done more of everything. I actually would have loved to have covered more charitable deeds, but it always took ages to find things to do and often we’d identify them on the last couple of days. Shame.

    Has anyone done a “365 days of tastings” tour of the world? Maybe that’s *your* trip?! 🙂

  5. Antonio

    What a wonderful journey and how nice to follow you all the way! You guys have been terrific, we go back and forth throughout your posts and find so much inspiration! You are our guide on our future trips! When is a book due..?

  6. Lara Dunston

    Thanks, Antonio. Sorry for missing this message before. Thanks for the kind words. Not sure when the Grantourismo book will be finished, we have a guidebook to Bangkok first, and still debating whether to go with a traditional publisher and do the Grantourismo book in print or release it as an iPad book. We’ll see…

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