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Look Up! Miles/Hours Traveled (2013-2014 Trip) FINALIZED

Before leaving on our trip, we vowed to be good about updating the section of our site that documents total miles and hours traveled. Want a laugh? We never once updated AT ALL while traveling. Whoops. No, these travel times are not made up. We did keep track of the total times during the trip.

We finally got around to finalizing everything, so without further ado…

Click here to see the final tallies.

Obviously we did not come close to our tallies from the 2010-2011 trip. We, however, are proud of the fact that in about four months, we traveled over half of the total miles from last trip. Impressive, no?



We’ve come to the final day of numbers. Learn how many times we went to McDonald’s (it’s sickening) and how we got around this fine world.


  • Most Expensive Meal: US $108.93 for Christmas dinner in Bali (Well worth it.)
  • Least Expensive Meal: US $0.84 for a big plate of tofu pad thai in Bangkok, Thailand (Mike bought this daily from street carts, and it was enough for two people.)
  • Number of Times We Purchased Something at McDonald’s: 94 (To be fair, that includes a lot of trips that were only for ice cream cones–sometimes even twice a day when it was hot. Pretty disgusting though…)
  • Favorite Meal: Four-course dinners at our villa in Tuscany (We enjoyed wide varieties of appetizers, fresh pasta, meat, and divine desserts. Food always tastes better when it’s paid for by your parents!)
  • Least Favorite Meal: Mexican food from Patrick’s in Bali, Indonesia (That meal incited the worst case of food poisoning ever. Hanna still doesn’t eat nachos.)
  • Favorite New Food: Peanut butter pancakes from street vendors in Bangkok, Thailand (We dream about these.)


  • Amount Spent on Flights: US $6,879.67
  • Number of Flights: 22
  • Most Expensive Flight: US $1,450.20 for both of us (Multi-city: L.A./Tokyo/Beijing)
  • Least Expensive Flight: US $94.72 for both of us (Izmir to Istanbul)
  • Longest Flight: 13 hours and 30 minutes, Kuala Lumpur to London
  • Shortest Flight: 40 minutes, Koh Samui to Phuket
  • Favorite Flight: Koh Samui to Phuket (Cheap, short, and had free food. That’s all we ask for. Also it meant we didn’t have to take another ferry from hell to get off the islands.)
  • Least Favorite Flight: Bali to Kuala Lumpur (Hanna had just had food poisoning and was forced to get on a flight and then sleep in the airport. Definitely not the best day on the road.)
  • Longest Train Ride: 18 hours and 30 minutes, Shanghai to Hong Kong
  • Longest Bus Ride: 6 hours, Bangkok to ferry for Koh Tao
  • Number of Modes of Transportation Taken: 10 (Plane, train, bus, car, motorbike, tuk-tuk, boat, bike, walking, and an elephant.)
  • Favorite Mode of Transportation: Tuk-tuks in Cambodia
  • Least Favorite Mode of Transportation: Ferries in eastern Thailand

Well, that’s all for now. Are there any other numbers that you want to know? Are you totally over hearing from us? We’ll probably have some more wrap-ups about the trip in general, but that will probably take another twenty-seven months.

We Ate Millions of These. Sydney, Australia. January 2011.

Final Trip Numbers: PACKING and LODGING

Hey, at least today’s post is shorter than yesterday. Learn all about our backpacks and where we slept.


  • Average Weight of Our Backpacks:
    Hanna’s Bag: 16 pounds
    Mike’s Bag: 21 pounds
  • Money Spent on New Clothes for the Trip: US $621.00
  • Money Spent on New Clothes While on the Road: US$54.75 (Not bad for an entire year’s worth of clothes. The smell of new clothes alone is priceless.)
  • Favorite Item Packed: Netbook (Hands down. We used this thing every single day, and it didn’t fail once.)
  • Item We Wished We Packed: A nicer camera (When we first got our camera, we were impressed with it. As we traveled, however, our love affair faded. We now wish we packed a DSLR camera as we are a bit jealous upon seeing other travelers’ pictures.)


  • Most Expensive Lodging: US $70.26 per night for our apartment share in London (Not a bad deal considering we had our own bedroom, were located right by good friends, and were a twenty-minute train ride from central London.)
  • Least Expensive Lodging: $8.94 per night for two dorm beds at Mix Hostel in Chengdu, China
  • Largest Dorm Room in a Hostel: 22 beds at Nap Park in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Favorite Hostel: It’s a tie! Hana Hostel in Kyoto, Japan and U Inn in Berlin, Germany (Both were immaculate, we chatted with a bunch of people, and we got a good night’s sleep. Hard to pick one of them over the other…)
  • Least Favorite Hostel: Top Banana in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (The room was still kinda under construction, it was hot, a dog was barking for what felt like the whole night, and we kept getting eaten alive. No thanks.)
  • Most Disgusting Hostel Experience: Skin flakes in Munich, Germany
  • Grossest Hostel Bathroom: Han Tang Inn in Xi’an, China (While we absolutely loved the rest of this hostel due to its social atmosphere, cheap restaurant, and organized events, we were none-too-impressed with its bathroom. Remember when we talked about wet bathrooms? This en-suite one was the worst because it was shared amongst six people. The shower would soak the entire five-by-seven bathroom, and the drain was clogged. You were always standing in six inches of someone else’s gross shower water. Yum. Not sure if they ever cleaned these bathrooms either…)

Our Clean, Light-Filled Five-Bed Room in Berlin.

Final Trip Numbers: GENERAL STATS and FINANCES

So we are finally getting around to writing our wrap-up posts. It only took a month and a half after our trip finished. The next few days will feature lots of random statistics. Get ready because we’ve got a lot of numbers coming your way. You will hate us by the end…


  • Days on the Road: 300
  • Number of Countries Visited: 21 (Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, England, Turkey, Greece, Germany, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Iceland. We only had a night layover in South Korea, a quick train ride through France en route to London, and a longer-than-expected layover in Iceland, but a passport stamp makes it official that we visited.)
  • Different Languages: 17 (Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, Khmer, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia, Maori, Turkish, Greek, German, Italian, Czech, Dutch, Icelandic, English)
  • Hottest Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Coldest Location: Istanbul, Turkey


  • Total Money Spent on Day-to-Day Costs: US $23,515.90
  • Average Spent Per Day: US $78.39 (We are so overwhelmingly proud of this number. Sure, it doesn’t include flights, but everything else is in there—lodging, food, trains/buses/ferries, and tons of ice cream. We were well under budget for the trip. If we ever do another around-the-world trip, we will definitely be a bit looser with the budget since we stuck so closely to it this time. We never felt like we didn’t do something that we really wanted, but more activities will be on the agenda next time.)
  • Number of Times We Used an ATM: 37
  • Amount Spent on ATM Fees: US $74.00 (We never got charged a foreign transaction fee by our bank, but we always got hit with a US $2.00 fee per withdrawal. We tried to withdraw large-but-not-too-large sums of money to minimize ATM fees.)
  • Different Currencies Used: 16 (Japanese yen, South Korean won, Chinese yuan, Hong Kong dollar, Thai baht, Cambodian riel, American dollar, Singapore dollar, Malaysian ringgit, Indonesian rupiah, Australian dollar, New Zealand dollar, British pound, Turkish lira, euro, Czech koruna)
  • Most Expensive Day: US $466.57 (Sydney, Australia. This day won the prize because we did the Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb. We are super glad that we did it though.)
  • Least Expensive Day: A three-day tie of US $0.00 (Bali, Indonesia; Sunshine Coast, Australia; Tuscany, Italy. We are proud that we didn’t spend any money on these three days thanks to free lodging, pre-bought groceries, and the generosity of friends and family.)
  • Most Expensive Country: England (It’s a hard call between this and Australia, but we found lodging and transportation to be a bit pricier in England.)
  • Least Expensive Country: China (Where else can you buy a gigantic bottle of water for US $0.22?)

Two Random People from Our Group, Us, and Ali Atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney, Australia. January 2011.