After spending 10 days in Santiago it was finally time to say goodbye to travel, at least for now. In all the trip was 13+ months long, visiting 27 countries and having an amazing adventure. I look back on it and still can't believe everything that I did and everywhere I went. I also met some fascinating people from all over the world, both locals and travelers searching for that certain something. Now I will face the real world. I must now go and find a place to call home. Start another career and make new friends.... until it is time to travel again!!!!
Fun Facts about the Trip
For those who have followed my travels I have added lists of things that I learned during the year. I definitely learned a lot about myself and about the world.
Instead of things I have learned, this time I thought I would give some fun facts about the trip:
* Trip was a total of 406 days which is also 58 weeks or 13 months and 10 days.
* I visited 27 countries on 5 different continents (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Russia, Latvia, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Greece, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile).
* I stayed in 147 different hotels, guest houses, and hostels. The longest I stayed in any one place was 10 nights (Santiago). The cheapest place I stayed was a bungalow overlooking the Mekong River in Southern Laos where I spent 5 nights. I paid $2 a night for the bungalow.
* I read 67 books including the best one which was Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and the worst one which was Dead Famous by Ben Elton. I also read countless travel guides.
* I took countless types of transportation including elephants, camels, cars, vans, trucks, tuktuks, rickshaws, pedal rickshaws, cyclos, bicycles, motorbikes, long boats, passenger ferry boats, car ferries, buses, trains, slow boats, kayaks, rafts, mini buses, vip buses, local buses, saamlaws, taxis, sawngthaew, quad bikes, sandboards, walking, swimming, motorcycle taxi, mokoro, bamboo raft, wind surf, skis, cable cars, horse drawn carriage, funicular, double decker bus, glass bottom boat, monorail, helicopter, luge, paddleboat, row boat, yacht, catamaran.... just to name a few!
* Cheapest country I visited was Laos in Southeast Asia where I spent 23 days for $22 per day
* Most expensive country was New Zealand where I spent 46 days for $92 per day
* I used 24 different currencies in the 27 countries. Zimbabwe was 40,000 Zim dollars to the US dollar and and the UK is about .50 pence to the US dollar.
* I took approximately 7200 pictures and video clips which averages to about 17 pictures per day.
* I carried one 60 liter backpack that weighed approximately 15 kilos (33 pounds) and a small day pack.
* The whole trip was amazing but there are some highlights. These include the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the Galapagos in Ecuador, the Taj Mahal in India, the glaciers in New Zealand, the Solar in Bolivia, the people and the food in Thailand and Laos.
* I used public transportation in most places that I traveled to. In all I flew on 27 airplanes, rode on 25 trains, sat for hours on 60 buses, and sailed on 10 ferries. I drove 4500 kilometers in New Zealand and I rode in a truck through Africa.
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