We Did It!
Nov 23 ~ Day #197
Budget to date
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Miles by Road
Miles by Sea
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
We Did It!
When we began this adventure we set ourselves a challenge. To complete this trip on an average of $100/day or less.
As you can see from the recap of our final totals, we not only met that challenge, we exceeded it.
We traveled for a total of 197 days on an average of $86.51/day. Not bad!
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
First we’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the friends and family we stayed with along the way. We could not have achieved our goal without your generous hospitality.
We have mentioned all of you in each appropriate blog post but we would like to thank you all once again. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Putting Things in Perspective
When we mention the mileage, the number of days, places visited, etc. sometimes things just become a blur and the true magnitude is not particularly clear. So, here we’re going to recap things and try to bring some perspective.
The total miles traveled, including road, train, sea and air, was 35,999.3. Too bad we couldn’t have added just 0.7 of a mile more. That would have pushed us to an even 36,000 miles.
But, to put this mileage in perspective, the circumference of the earth, at the equator, is 24,901.55 miles.
That means we could have traveled around the globe almost one and a half times. Wow!
I don’t think we actually calculated the number of days we were going to be traveling when we started this adventure.
Oh sure, we knew the day we were going to start. We also knew the day we were going to fly back home. Both were booked before we set out. But we didn’t actually take the time to calculate just how long the time in between those dates was.
Total number of days traveled = 197.
If you apply an average of 30 days to a month, then we traveled for a total of 6.6 months, more than half a year. Again – wow!
Cruises and More Included in the Trip
It seems amazing even to us what we were able to pack into this trip. Here’s a quick recap.
Our trip included three cruises:
- a two week Alaska cruise
- a six day Greek Islands cruise
- a two week TransAtlantic cruise
That’s a total of 34 days – more than a month – spent on cruise ships.
Narrowboats in the UK
We were able to spend an entire week on a narrowboat on the Trent/Mersey canal system in the UK.
Orlando and Disney
We spent two weeks in Orlando at two different timeshare resorts and spent time at more than one Disney theme park.
Along the way we were fortunate to visit many landmarks both in North America and Europe.
Here’s a few:
- Carlsbad Caverns
- Monument Valley
- Grand Canyon
- Victoria, British Columbia (a must-see)
- Hell’s Gate, British Columbia
- Columbia Ice Fields, Alberta
- Banff and Jasper, Alberta
- Lake Louise, Alberta
- Terry Fox Monument, Thunder Bay, Ontario
- Reversing Falls, New Brunswick
- St. Andrews-By-The-Sea, New Brunswick
- Confederation Bridge, between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island
- Birthplace of Canadian Confederation, Charlottetown, PEI
- Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
- Buckingham Palace
- Tower Bridge
- Tower of London
- British Parliament Buildings
- Big Ben
- British Museum
- Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of Shakespeare
- La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
- Dénia Castle, Dénia
- Madeira, the home of Madeira wine
- the old walled city of Dubrovnik
- St. Mark’s Square, Venice
- the ruins of Pompeii
- the ruins of Paestum
- the Amalfi Coast
And, I’m sure there are things we are forgetting. It’s time for us to go back and re-read all the posts we have made along the way and to review all the photos and videos we have as well.
This was the trip of a lifetime for us. We will continue to travel, of course, but it is unlikely that we will ever again take such an extensive trip. It was a great adventure but a very long time to be away from home.
We will continue to have, we hope, many, many more adventures. But, perhaps shorter ones this time. 🙂
Thank you to everyone who has followed along with us and to those who have made comments as well. It was a pleasure to share this adventure with you.