If you weren’t travelling vicariously with us on the twelve-month grand tour of the globe that we 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. This is a Grand Tour by numbers.
In hindsight, we would have preferred to do the trip as we originally intended, staying one month in each destination — and not moving accommodation within that month — but the opportunity to partner up with HomeAway was too good to pass up.
The shorter time frame was just enough time to get an insight into living like locals in the destinations we visited, as much as we would have loved to have travelled even slower.
We met our goals to learn a little of the local language of each place, to learn to cook some local dishes, and to connect with locals as much as we could in the short time available.
We met some extraordinary people, a few of whom we have caught up with elsewhere around the world as our paths crossed during the year.
There was a couple of long-haul flights that we could have done without, but Round the World Flights saved our skin on a couple of occasions where the tour could have gone off the rails.
There were times when we could not get our Wi-Fi to work properly and wasted precious time we could have spent exploring sitting at our laptops posting stories. We lost count of how many SIM cards we used in a year!
We should also have tallied up how many dishwasher, microwave and oven user manuals Terence had to look up online as well!
A Grand Tour By Numbers — 365 Days, 34 Places and 723 Meals Cooked
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
723 meals cooked in holiday rentals
44 tours taken
499 blog posts uploaded
424,150 words written
57,000 photos taken
Countless memories created