Trip Stats

I like statistics.  It’s a great way to wrap up a large amount of information.  I used other travel blogs as inspiration for the categories.  And to make things easier I’ve ignored the fact that I came home for six weeks in the middle.

Countries: 13
Days Abroad: 141
Flights: 10
Overnight Ferries: 3
Overnight Trains: 5
Unsurprisingly: I crossed all the longitudes on this trip
Surprisingly: I have not yet crossed the Equator (although Singapore is super close)

Total Weight Loss: 25 pounds or just over 1.75 stone if you’re from the UK (Yes, I’ve found the miracle diet!)

Item used the most: Calculator
Item used the least: Hand Sanitizer (see next category)

Days Sick: 1 (surprisingly it was at the 5-star Hilton in Dahab, Egypt)

Watches Broken: 3
Sunglasses Broken: 3

Favorite Country: Laos and Greece (I just can’t pick one!)
Favorite City: Hoi An, Vietnam (if only for the inexpensive custom-made clothes) and Fira, Santorini
Favorite Local Food: Greece and Thailand overall, certain dishes in Morocco and Cambodia
Favorite Place to Live: Dubai, United Arab Emirates or Chiang Mai, Thailand

Least Favorite Country: Egypt and Morocco
Least Favorite City: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Least Favorite Local Food: Vietnam
Least Favorite Place to Live: Cairo, Egypt

Best Sites: Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia
                  Halong Bay – Vietnam
                  All of Santorini – Greece
                  Blue Mosque – Istanbul, Turkey
Best Old Cities/Medinas: Fez, Morocco and Hanoi, Vietnam

Nicest People: Laos
Rudest People: Vietnam (though not all!)
Country with the least hassle: Laos
Countries with the most hassle: Vietnam, Cambodia, and Egypt

New Skills Acquired: Mastery of the squat toilet including on moving trains! 

Average Meal (including drink) in SE Asia and Egypt: under $5
Average Meal (including drink) in Europe & Dubai: around $12
Cheapest Beer: $.20 in Hanoi, Vietnam
Three Nights Hotel in Bangkok: $40
Three Nights Hotel in Dubai: about $400 (and this is off-peak season prices)

Total Money Spent: $16,650
Total Money Wasted: $4,627 (coming home, buying/changing flights, week in Rome not budgeted for)
If I had to do it all over again I wouldn’t plan out so much.  It’s just as easy to pick up flights abroad and more often than not the prices do not skyrocket closer to the flight date like in the US.  I wasted a lot of money by booking new flights and no-showing on previously booked non-changeable/non-refundable flights.
Total Actual Money Spent: $12,023 (money spent minus money wasted)

Miss the most about traveling: Meeting other travelers from around the World and the FOOD!
Miss the least about traveling: The heat, both dry and tropical, and sweating
One thing (of many things) I love about being home: Price tags!!

Just because the trip is over it does not mean that “Where’d Stacy Go?” will cease.  I’m working on getting the pictures uploaded.  I found a much easier way to view/upload the pictures than what I have been using.  I think you all will agree.  I’m also going to work on a food from around the world post.  Perhaps in the future… country summaries and travel tips.  Keep tuned!


2 Responses to “Trip Stats”

  1. 1 Margaret L. October 16, 2008 at 6:39 am

    Welcome Home Stacy – have thoroughly enjoyed following you around the world this summer via your blog – thank you – and with your eloquent, descriptive writing, almost felt I’d been along for the ride!!! Job well done – Cheers, Margaret

  2. 2 Gilbert October 16, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Welcome home!!! I hope to hear all about your trip in person soon. Although, you did a great job with your blog. Can’t wait to see the pictures.

    See you soon.



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