Six Months of Travel: The Numbers

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WOW. Today marks exactly six months since Alan and I packed up our little home in Christchurch, New Zealand, prepared to spend all our savings (eek!), and set off to travel through Asia. In many ways it feels like we have been gone for so long, though in other ways it feels like just yesterday that we left.

As this six month milestone whizzes by, I'm feeling reflective on whats changed in my life over the past half year. It's been an absolute whirlwind - I have learnt a lot about the world, about myself, my values, my hopes and dreams, about the kind of life I want to lead. In many ways I have gained a lot of clarity, but in other ways I'm more confused than ever.

Especially travelling in Asia where many people live on so little, it makes you question a lot about humanity, your morals and what you truly need in order to be happy. I'm not going to get into that today, though - I'll stew that one up and get all deep and meaningful on you another time!

I love a good list (who doesn't?) so I thought it might be interesting to reflect on the past six months of travel with a list of the numbers. Ready? Here we go!

Days on the road: 182  (exactly 26 weeks!)

Countries visited: 7

Beds slept in: 41

Flights: 8

Inter-city busses: 30. Including 2 overnight busses, we've managed to avoid more than that!

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Waiting at the bus station in Pangandaran for our bus to Jakarta

Local busses: too many to count!

Cheating taxi drivers: 1 (though let's be honest, probably more that we didn't realise!)

Scooters hired: 10

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Exploring Kep, Cambodia

Inter-city trains: 4

Metro/subway/MRT rides: dozens!

Boat trips: 18

Arguments between Alan and I: 1,000+

Dentists visited: 1 (Alan)

Bouts of food poisoning: just 1 so far! (me)

Crickets consumed: 2 for me and 4 for Alan...yep, I'm talking about the insects!

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Yes, there's a cricket in my mouth. Mildly terrifying.

Theme parks visited: 2 - Universal Studios in Singapore and Vinpearl Island in Vietnam.

Jandals (flip-flops) replaced: 1 pair each.

Mango smoothies consumed: A fair estimate would be 100 each...

Dollars spent: Let's just say my savings are looking a little dry...take a look at my country budget breakdowns if you want to do the maths for yourself.

Tears cried: Enough. Most notably during week 1 of Muay Thai training in Thailand, and when I realised that I completely sucked at surfing that day in Pangandaran, Indonesia.

Panic/stress meltdowns: Christie - approximately 1,000. Alan - zero (how is he so damn chilled out?).

Where we stayed the longest time: Koh Samui, Thailand, where we trained Muay Thai for one month.

Where we stayed the shortest time: Probolinggo, Indonesia, where we arrived at 3am in the morning to experience the Mount Bromo sunrise and left later that afternoon.

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Incredible views from Mount Bromo

Three Highlights:

1. Canyoning in Dalat, Vietnam. And zooming down waterslides on Vinpearl Island in Vietnam. And slow mornings in Hoi An, Vietnam. Let's just say Vietnam in general, okay? I love Vietnam.

2. Attending my friends' wedding in Huangshi, China.

3. Learning the art of Muay Thai on Koh Samui, Thailand.

But also because three is far too few: Splurging at Universal Studios Singapore. Playing with puppies in Ubud, Bali. Relaxing in waterfalls on Langkawi, Malaysia. And SO many more!

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Vinpearl Waterpark in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Best. Day. Ever.

Three Lowlights

1. Packing. I swear it gets worse and worse every single time.

2. Being tricked into eating dried rat (yep, rat) in Da Lat, Vietnam, only to be told afterwards what it actually was! Though admittedly, until I was told it was rat I was nodding and thinking this wouldn't be too bad mixed in with a bit of rice...

3. The biggest lowlight of them all? Realising that this can't last forever.


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8 Responses to Six Months of Travel: The Numbers

  1. Wow, it sounds like you guys have had an incredible 6 months! It must be amazing exploring different countries and going well off the beaten track. Can’t say I’d like to eat dried rat though, ew! Best of luck for the next 6 months, looking forward to reading about your next stops!

    • Christie says:

      Thanks Petra, its been a pretty incredible 6 months – just can’t quite believe how quickly time has gone by! Myanmar is on the radar in the next couple of months so I will definitely be checking out your blog for some ideas!

  2. Dee says:

    Wow beds slept in 41 – that’s kinda ew haha! I love how you put how many arguments you guys had. Tehe. Apparently insects have good protein and nutritional value ! The future of food apparently and you have a head start with the ole crickets! I don’t see Koh Samui as a highlight in there – maybe Pettitt and I should go to Langkawi instead ! Just kidding! 🙂 Luff luff ya bey. I love reading your adventures. Dee xx

    • Christie says:

      41 is too many beds! The crickets was an argument in itself – I only ate two because the first time Alan didn’t get any good photos, typical! To be honest, they weren’t that bad – a little bit like those crunchy burnt bits at the bottom when you get fish and chips, haha. I’d eat them again in a pinch. Yes, Koh Samui is on there as highlight number 3! Thanks for reading 🙂 xx

  3. Sally says:

    The water park looks awesome! The 1000+ fights comment made me laugh, high five to that!
    I HATE packing too. I invested in some packing cubes for this trip and they are the best thing ever. I can pack in 2 minutes straight!

  4. Jenna says:

    Congrats on six months on the road! Glad to hear you liked Vietnam, we’re heading there next month and I can’t wait!

  5. Zascha says:

    I really enjoyed the last part of you post, I love reading random facts like that 🙂
    Sounds like you had an amazing time. Hopefully you’ll have another adventure again soon.

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