Duration – 2 years
March 1, 2011 – March 1, 2013
Continents – 4
North America, Europe, Africa, Asia
I didn’t touch South America at all because I believe that it in itself requires at least a year or more to explore. I know it’s a continent I wouldn’t mind spending an entire year exploring since I speak Spanish and have always found it inriging. As for Australia if you’ve followed my blog you know that after Egypt it’s the 2nd country I can not wait to visit, but for some reason haven’t made it there yet. I plan on doing the 1 year working VISA there before I turn 30 (must do that within the next 3 years) though. It’s between these two continets that I am torn between for being my next big adventure, even though I think I already know what I will end up doing. Oh & um of course I would love to visit Antarctica one day too.
Countries – 30
U.S.A., Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Vatican, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, India, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, United Arab Emirates
—Instead of listing them all thought I’d make an awesome photo with the names of the cities.—
Cities – 103
Of those 103 cities I spent the most time in the following cities:
- Cairo – 175 days
- Athens – 29 days
- Istanbul – 28 days
- Playa Del Carmen – 17 days
- Barcelona -15 days
- Koh Tao – 15 days
Border Crossings – 39
- 21 by land
- 18 by air
Kiss – 26
I didn’t think of keeping track of this at all, but after posting my first XXX escapade on my blog everyone wanted me to put a “Kiss Counter” on my side bar and since I never did that I decided to keep track of them on my own and disclose the final count at the end. The sad part is that 25 of them were within the first 11 months of my trip, but the best part is that the day I arrived in Cairo I hit 26 and well he was my last and final kiss through out the remaining 13 months.
Sex – 10
I look at this number and freaking laugh because I remember most of them and because the majority came from Central America. I know it’s a damn shame, but you know what I am human… I have sex and 9 of them are from when I was single. We all have needs and when you are on the road you know everyone is having sex too. I hate when people are like “how do you write about that” or “omg” . Truth is when I hear that in my mind I’m like “ummm shut up we are backpacking the world single of course we are having sex just no one else is writing about it”. The one thing I am proud of is that well once again as soon as I met him he was my number 10 and it stayed that way until the end. When I’m in a committed relationship I am in a committed relationship.
Love – 1
I was very scandalous until the day I met the man of my dreams and fell in love in Egypt. That is all I will say because I’ve written enough about it and said I wouldn’t write about it anymore on the last post I wrote “The last goodbye“.
Beds – 185
When you are traveling the world on a budget you end up sleeping on everything. I have slept on beds… from a thin piece of foam on boards to a comfortable bed in a 5 star hotel, to bunks where I thought they would break from my weight. I have also slept on the floor of train stations, airports on the ground of an active volcano and under the stars in the Sahara Desert. Oh & lets not forget my worst travel habit falling asleep on buses, planes, trains and just about anything that is getting from point A to point B during transportation days. I didn’t count those though, because well those really aren’t beds.
Flights – 32
I didn’t plan on flying so much, but once you are on the road you find out that in some places it is just more conivinient and cheaper to fly than take another mode of transportation.
- My shortest flight was Barcelona – Ibiza (45 minutes)
- My longest flight was Dubai – Houston (17 hours)
Airports – 31
Of the 31 airports I visited I did spend the night at 3 of them because of an early flight and to save on accommodation.
Books Read – 15
White Tiger, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mocking Jay, Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Banksy the Man Behind the Wall, First They Killed My Father, A Long Way Gone, Stones into Schools, Survival in the Killing Fields, Marching Powder, Children of the Alley, Khan al Khalili, Yacoubian Building
The truth is I’ve never really been much of a reader and during my 1st year on the road didn’t read any books. I didn’t start reading until I got to India where WiFi was limited and honestly had more free time (what not having WiFi does to a blogger). Since then I actually started reading a lot and in the span of my last year on the road read 15 books. That’s impressive… no? Some made me horny, some made me cry, some made me question religion, some taught me about random things and some were for pure entertainment. I’d love to say so much more, but know that at some point I will write a full post about all the books I read so will leave it for then.
Photos Taken – 26,024
This is an understatement I honestly think I took well over 35,000 photos. The reason I don’t know the exact number is because the number you see above is the number of photos still on my computer from my 2 years around the world. I know it’s a lot, but that doesn’t include all the photos I deleted to make space on my laptop and it was tons of them. If you want to see some of my favorite and best check out my Photo Round Ups and In Photos series.
—I loved shopping for postcards and visiting random post offices.—
Post Cards Sent Home – 200+
Yes you read right I sent over 200 postcards home. I wish I had kept track of every single postcard I sent home, but didn’t. So I found my self going through my notes and know I sent postcards home from 12 different countries. I also know I would normally send out at least 20 postcards or more each time so know for sure I must have sent home more than 200 postcards. Seems like so many now, but I’m happy I sent postcards home because I know people really appreciated them and well it’s also nice to get something else in the mail than just bills. I won’t lie though now that I’m home I love that I see them on my family and friends refrigerators.
Packages Sent Home – 4
One of the things I’m happy I did during my trip around the world was ship small souvenirs home along with a few gifts for my family and friends. When you are on the road you want to buy everything, but it is hard to buy anything because once you buy it you must carry it around with you until you ship home. Now that I am home I love my magnet collection and my travel shelf filled with things from around the world. I shipped home four times from the following places:
- Cairo, Egypt
- Darjeeling, India
- Mumbai, India
- Istanbul, Turkey
ATMs Used – 146
It was a bit of a pain to go through 2 years of bank statements to get this figure, but it was one I was curious to know. I’m also happy that my ATM card was never lost, stolen or stuck in a machine. Also of the 146 ATMs I used I received $0 in FEES because the bank I bank with doesn’t charge me a fee for using any ATM around the world and refunds me the fee the ATM charges me for using their ATM and not being a customer. Oh yes Charles Schwab rocks… if you are a US citizen you should check them out.
Travel Bloggers Met – 42
Globetrotter Girls, Never Ending Voyage, Vagabond Quest, Expert Vagabond, Superxicana Travel Adventures, Over Yonderlust, Wandering Earl, 1 Dad 1 Kid, Val Bromann, Ali’s Adventures, Grounded Traveler, Where’s Waldner, Travels of Adam, Cheryl Howard, Where is Jenny, Get Up & Globe, Bacon is Magic, Travel Reportage, Wonderlust Project, No Vacation Required, Travel This Earth, Globo Treks, Am I Nearly There Yet, Two Bad Tourist, Backpacker Becki, Travel Theatrics
I love that I was able to meet this many travel bloggers. I have a post coming out later with photos of every one I was able to get a photo with. Oh and the post will include who I hated, who I loved, who was not like they are on their blog, who does nothing but drink, who said what about who, who really does nothing all day, who lies on their blog and so many more thoughts. Yes I’m gonna spill all the dirty secrets… LOL… I’M JUST KIDDING, but no I really do have a post I want to do about every one I met, because seriously it was always nice to meet up with another travel blogger on the road… we just understand each other.
Jeans – 4 pair
No I didn’t travel with 4 pair of jeans… I went through 4 pair of jeans. I know it’s the most controversial item in a backpackers packing list, but I’ve said it before and will say it again: “JEANS are the most important thing I have in my backpack (I keep my laptop in my daypack so it doesn’t count). Don’t listen to ANYONE who tells you that they are heavy, a bitch to wash or anything else they may say to sway you not to bring them. Jeans are a UNIVERSAL clothing item… just about anywhere you go in the world people are wearing jeans.” I used my jeans more than any other piece of clothing I had and would always get holes in the ass after a few months. That is why I went through 4 pair, plus it was fun to do some shopping on the road here and there.
—Do you see the cow?—
Hair Cuts – 16
One of the greatest adventures you will ever take in your life is getting your hair cut in a foreign country. Yes that is a fact, because most of the time you don’t even speak the same language and explaining to them how you want your hair is well yup an adventure. For some reason I remember most of my hair cuts and I think it’s because a hair cut is personal, I mean someone is cutting YOUR hair. My 3 most memorable hair cuts are: Dahab, Egypt because after he was done cutting my hair he threaded my eyebrows, forehead and ears… I was in so much pain and had never had that done to me in my life. My $1 haircut in India is one I will never forget because we couldn’t understand each other, kept arguing because I wanted it shorter and a cow walked by like nothing. I also will never forget the free haircut I got from my friend Jason on the roof top of our hostel in Istanbul, Turkey. I’m not sure why I kept track of this, these are all the places I got a haircut at:
- Granada, Nicaragua
- Merida, Mexico
- Houston, TX
- Valencia, Spain
- Essaoura, Morocco
- Barcelona, Spain
- Athens, Greece
- Dahab, Egypt
- Khajuraho, India
- Mumbai, India
- Cairo, Egypt
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Boracay, Philippines
- Melaka, Malaysia
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Cairo, Egypt
Held at Gunpoint – 1
Yes I was held at gunpoint exactly one month into my 2 year trip around the world. I remember crying and crying and almost going home too, but am glad I didn’t because if not I would have missed out on some awesome hair cuts. I wrote all about it so you can check it out here (Held at gunpoint in Monteverde.).
Arrested – 1
I didn’t go to jail, but yes I was arrested once. It was a crazy fucking night in Manila, Philippines and a night I will never forget. I jumped off the motorcycle taking me to jail and was able to bribe the cops in the end. I would say more, but no joke this post is saved in my drafts. I didn’t post it while I was on the road because I didn’t want the news to get to my mom, but now that I have told her and nearly killed her with the story I will publish it very soon. I have now written about it: The night I was arrested and almost sent to jail in Manila.
Injured – 1
Thank Zeus I didn’t get seriously injured through out my 2 years on the road, but the one time I got close was the time I rolled down a volcano in Leon, Nicaragua and could have died. Other than that I had a few cuts here and there, but nothing serious.
Diarrhea – 1
Their were times where yes I did have to use the toilet more than often, but only once did I actually get diarrhea and had a stomach virus from something I ate. It of course happened in India where I was sick for 7 days and the worst toilet experience of my life.
Cost of a 2 year backpacking trip around the world – ???
This is the question I get asked most along with how did I do it. The good thing is I did keep track of my budget and every penny I spent and am working on a blog post that will disclose it all. I didn’t realize how time consuming these post are so will post that one next week. For now hope you enjoyed the statistics above.
Well there you have it some very random and interesting statistics from my 2 year backpacking trip around the world. I wish I could have shared more, but I didn’t keep track of many and these are the only ones I can think of for now and can figure out with what I have available. It’s kind of crazy looking at my trip through numbers, I am happy I was able to do everything I did with the budget I had.
So what do you think? Shocked at how low my SEX count is? Not so shocked at how long I spent in Cairo? Disgusted by the thought of sleeping on 185 different beds in 2 years? Do you agree with my top 5 favorite countries? Impressed by the number of books I read? Share any of the thoughts you have below… I wanna hear it all. Oh & if you have any other questions let me know in the comments because I will be doing an ASK ME ANYTHING post very soon and will answer any question(s) you have about my 2 year backpacking trip around the world.