Just some statistics from this year in travel for 2011. Mostly so that my flaky memory has something to look back on to remind myself why my memory is so shoddy these days.
Countries Visited: 14
In Order of Visit:
Australia, New Zealand, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, United Kingdom, Belgium
New Countries Visited: 09
New Zealand, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia
Visas Needed: 01 – Darn Australia!
Number of Currencies: 10
It would have been more if not for all the Euro Zone Countries
World Heritage Sites Visited: 17
I’m too lazy to find the names of them again! I’ll try to post photos soon however.
Country Capitals Visited: 13
Canberra, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Budapest, Warsaw, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Zagreb, London, Brussels (although 1 extra if we count Washington DC)
Miles Flown: 50,639
National Parks Visited:10 Foreign (& 10 US National Historic Parks)
Croatia (Plitvice Lakes), New Zealand (Fjordlands, Abel Tasman, Paparoa, Westland, Mount Aspiring), Australia (Namadgi, Alpine, Murramarang, Kosciuszko)
Furthest North: 59°26’48.96″N — (Tallinn, Estonia)
Furthest South: 45°42’56.67″S — (Near Te Anau New Zealand)
Number of Days Traveling (overseas): 120
Number of Time Zone Changes: 16
This is likely why I feel like I’m in a permanent state of jet lag.
Number of Flights: 12 Flights (22 Separate Legs)
Number of Overnight Trains: 03
Number of Injuries: 01 — Sprained Ankle in Croatia
Favorite Photo: Kangaroos in Namadgi National Park
This is probably the hardest for me to do. I have way too many favorites from the year and from all the places I went. But I think this ended up being my favorite also partly because of the wonderful time I had during the creation of the photo.
I’m a man of statistics and numbers as you can see. Being the engineer and all that is often how I think. 2011 Turned out to be far different than I had imagined it to be. I moved to a new place (Maryland / DC) and while I’m still settling its interesting getting to live somewhere new after so long in the Philly Area.
January brought me to Australia for my first summer trip on the continent. I spent
most all the time working, but I still managed to have a good time on a few random occasions. February took me to one of those magical places that I always wanted to see but never knew how magical it was, New Zealand. March was rather slow with working and moving, and April saw me move into my new place. Fast forward to July and I spent a quick 2 weeks wandering the Baltics with a friend and then September I took nearly an entire month and wandered around Eastern Europe solo visiting many places I had always wanted to see but knew so little about. October found me in England working long hours and November found me there as well working even more and then off to Belgium for a quick return visit to Brussels and the surrounding area. December I mostly relaxed, visited family and friends who I nearly forgot what they looked like and was a nice relaxing end to a insanely crazy and fun year.
But overall 2011 was both amazing, confusing, fun, stressful, but it was a year like many and none I had experienced. I had fewer overall trips (4) but I spent quite a bit more time in some places and visited more countries I believe in a year than I have in years past.
Here’s to looking at 2012 and more adventures to come.