Monday, November 3, 2014

By the numbers...

This post was inspired by my good friends over at An Exposition who reported on some interesting stats for their first six months of travel. I was so excited to see my love of words and numbers come together in their thought-provoking and laugh-inducing post, that I decided to copy it. Or at least make our own version of it as Jane Austin isn't part of our adventures and we haven't been weighing our luggage... So far.


Days on the road: 294

Nights spent outside the USA: 163

Nights spent on a boat: 34

Nights spent in a spaceship (campervan): 8

Nights spent in a hospital: 1

Nights spent in a fire station: 1

Cities, towns and rural outposts we've slept in: 51

Anchorages we've slept in: 14

Where we are now: Ubud, Bali (Indonesia)

Where we're headed next: New Zealand!

Countries we've visited: 13 total

  • Australia
  • Burma (Michelle for a quickie visa run)
  • Canada
  • Fiji
  • Hong Kong (Josh, long layover)
  • Indonesia
  • Netherlands (Josh, Amsterdam layover)
  • New Zealand (Michelle, one-night layover -- so far)
  • Republic of Georgia (Josh work)
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • USA

Planes boarded: 25 (Michelle); 30 (Joshua)

Motorbikes rented: 5

Cars rented: 4

Spaceships rented: 1

Scuba dives taken: 47 (total)

Paragliding sites flown: 12

Boats slept on: 3

Blog posts written: 79

Most popular blog post: An unfortunate series of events (or "how I broke my feet")

Second most popular blog post: This I believe...

SIM cards purchased: 12

Defective items, returned and replaced: 1 SteriPen

Epic camera fail: broken, machine washed, replaced, dropped from scooter and found, dropped from scooter and lost permanently (with 1,500,000 IDR tucked in the case)

Transportation modes: airplane, paraglider, bus, train, taxi, taxi van, taxi motorbike, tuk tuk, scooter, wheelchair, walker, crutches, kiteboard, fast dive boat, slow dive boat, jetboat, sailboat, ferry, outboard skiff, kayak, tandem sailing kayak, canoe, stand up paddle board, walking, hiking, 4WD truck, safari jeep, rental car, spaceship (campervan), SWAT armored truck, sherriff's patrol car, ambulance


Favorite places:

  • Ubud, Bali
  • Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • Pak Nam Pran, Thailand
  • Applegate Valley, Oregon
  • Sigatoka River Valley, Fiji

Least favorite places:

  • Hospital in Thailand
  • Layover in Brisbane
  • Nusa Dua, Bali

Classes taken / Skills learned:

  • Basketweaving
  • Batik
  • Silversmithing
  • Fruit carving
  • Yoga (Yin, Acro, Morning Flow, Iyengar)
  • Tai Chi
  • How to drive a stick (kinda)
  • Sailing (a little)

Purchases abroad:

  • 1 roll of pandanus leaves for weaving
  • 1 small tapa artwork
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 pairs of capri-length pants
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 sports bra
  • 1 rash guard top
  • 1 nalgene water bottle
  • Headlamp and batteries
  • Lots of conditioner, shampoo, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and tampons
  • Fine-tip colored markers
  • 5 notebooks

Things I haven't used but am still keeping:

  • 1 snowsuit for paragliding
  • 1 pair of warm gloves
  • 1 beanie
  • 2 long-sleeve polypropylene tops
  • 4 pairs of warm knee-high socks
  • 7 bangles
  • 1 silk sleeping bag liner
  • Car2Go membership card
  • 2 American SIM cards

Items lost: 1 fitbit, 1 tank top, 1 t-shirt, 1 snorkel, 1 shower head from a boat (recovered by Captain Jeff)

Number of times I tossed my cookies on said sailboat: 5

Rolls of fruity mentos consumed: more than 30, but less than 100

Favorite meal: Raw vegan lasagna with vegan chocolate tart in Ubud, Bali

Least favorite meal: Peri Peri chicken in South Africa

Number of massages: 11

Best massage: Thailand

Worst massage: Thailand (Shannon, you remember?)

Hair cuts: 1

Broken bones: 4

Metal parts added to fix said bones: 10

Days spent hobbling about on one foot: 83

New favorite booze: Somsung Mineu (Thai rum with lime soda -- thanks Matty!)


Favorite places:

  • Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • Porterville, South Africa
  • Pak Nam Pran, Thailand
  • Pemberton, Canada
Least favorite places:
  • Lautoka, Fiji
  • Nusa Dua, Bali

Favorite meals: Indonesian set meal at Bumbu Bali in Nusa Dua and dinner at the Long Table in Bangkok

Least favorite meal: the one that made me sick

Best meals cooked (according to Michelle): canned corned beef hash with sweet potatoes and cassava, vegan chocolate mousse

Least edible meal cooked: super spicy green curry

Longest paragliding flight: 116 km (in Thailand)

Longest scuba dive: over an hour

Deepest free dive: 35 feet

Items purchased:

  • Delorme InReach
  • Computer mouse
  • Hard drive
  • Goal Zero battery pack
  • 1 t-shirt
  • South Africa plug adapter

Items lost or broken: 1 hat, 1 camera, 1,500,000 IDR (about $125 US), 1 snorkel, 1 computer mouse, 1 printer at a hospital

Things in my bag I haven't used yet: antibiotics

In-flight movies so bad I couldn't finish them: Godzilla, Transformers

Hours worked: 615

Men seen in stirrups while treating cancer: 13

Diarrhea-free countries: 6 out of 11

Hair cuts: 5

Bottles of sunscreen consumed: 4

New favorite booze: Pinotage (South African red wine)


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