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A Grand Tour By Numbers – 365 Days, 34 Places and 723 Meals Cooked

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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

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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A travel and food writer who has experienced over 70 countries and written for The Guardian, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Feast, Delicious, National Geographic Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia, DestinAsian, TIME, CNN, The Independent, The Telegraph, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, AFAR, Wanderlust, International Traveller, Get Lost, Four Seasons Magazine, Fah Thai, Sawasdee, and more, as well as authored more than 40 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, DK, Footprint, Rough Guides, Fodors, Thomas Cook, and AA Guides.

17 thoughts on “A Grand Tour By Numbers – 365 Days, 34 Places and 723 Meals Cooked”

  1. You guys worked so hard – I used all of your Morocco tips before my trip to Marrakesh. A great project! Congrats!

  2. 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..?

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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?! :)

  6. 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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