October 20, 2014

2011: Travel by the Numbers

One thing you should know about me (if you didn’t already): I love numbers.

I adore math, I think spreadsheets are sexy, and complex calculations are kind of a turn on. Yes, I am a numbers geek.

So what better way than to show you a snapshot of what 2011 looked like for this solo traveler than by the numbers?

What surprised me most

I thought I’d spent more on travel. It’s really encouraging to know the little sacrifices I make each month can add up to seriously memorable life experiences. The second item I found surprising was that by strategically taking days off from work around holidays, I was able to maximize my vacation days from work, almost doubling my actual days on the road.

What disappointed me most

I don’t spend a lot of money at home on entertainment and it would seem I’ve carried that same attitude over into my travels. Except that the whole point of not spending at home is so I can afford to do things I enjoy when I travel. Fail. Well, either that or I’m really good at finding entertainment on the cheap.

What I’d change

Obviously I’d change missing my flight into London, but what I’d really change is I wish I’d had more meaningful interactions with people on the road. That and not eating so many Belgian waffles. Sigh.

In 2012, I hope to spend more time traveling by car (road trip!), climbing more mountains, and just putting myself out there more (eek!). And hopefully, that adds up to one exciting year. More on that soon.

Hoping to change how you travel in 2012? Share your plans below!

13 Responses to 2011: Travel by the Numbers

  1. I like that you’re a numbers girl….I have great respect for anyone who knows exactly what they’re spending. I have a rough idea, but don’t really know. I just make sure I never use credit for something I don’t have, and that’s always worked OK. Still, I like/prefer the way you do it.

    Re: 2012….I’ve got some ambitious travel plans for the summer and feel I may have to choose to do just one of the trips, but I’d like to do both. The question? How to afford it. We shall see…. :)

    • Marsha says:

      Oy…is my travel OCD showing? Yeah, I keep a running tally of everything I spend when I travel (and I kinda do that in my everyday life too…oops!) Can’t wait to hear all about your plans for the summer…

  2. Denise says:

    that looks very cool…but when I start looking at it in detail my head starts spinning. You guessed it. My mind goes blank when numbers get thrown at me!

    • Marsha says:

      ROFL! I know this level of detail isn’t for everyone but keeping good records helps me to analyze how I spend when I travel which in turn helps me to budget better for the next trip. Gah, I’m such a geek…trying to bring travel budgeting down to a science! I even have equations and such that I use, but I won’t even get into that…

  3. Rhona says:

    That’s amazing you know exactly what you spend on travel! I am sure you are even more viligent on your day to day spending. I wish I was like that. I would have more money I am sure.
    You spent a lot less on air than I assumed. Very impressive.
    For 2012, I will be taking a Canadian woman only trip to Europe which is something I have never done before. I hope it is amazing.r

    • Marsha says:

      Thanks, Rhona! This girl is a cheapskate, especially when it comes to airfare! I use sites like Kayak and Yapta to monitor fares and pounce when the price drops. As for your women only trip, I know you like being on your own…do you think you’re ready for it?

  4. Lauren says:

    I love this!

    I love numbers too and keep track of all my statistics every month. Awesome idea to do it in an infographic too.

  5. Gray says:

    Wow! That is an amazing infographic, Marsha! I’m impressed. I’m not much of a numbers person, I think it would take some effort on my part to create something similar. I do keep track of my travel expenses, but the other stuff? Wow. It’s never crossed my mind to keep that level of detail in numbers. I do love, though, how easy it becomes to sum up your travel year in numbers. Very cool.

    • Marsha says:

      Thanks, Gray. It’s just an idea I had…thought it would be useful for other people who want to travel solo to see how much it might cost and give them a ballpark figure to work around…the other info I simply found interesting and wanted to share.

  6. Rhona says:

    Good question Marsha. I really looked into this tour. The reason I chose it is because the maximum people on the trip will be 12 women. Also, there is no obiligation to stay with the group once we are in the markets. If I had to be with them the whole time I would NOT be happy and would never do this trip. My plan is once I get off the ship daily, I will do my touring solo in the markets and have meals alone. Then at night, I will hopefully have a few ladies I will feel comfortable with enough to have dinner with. If not, that is fine also. I only need to talk to people once a day to feel satisfied. :) I really hope I made the right choice but I will for sure update my blog on it so you can see how I fared. Thanks for the concern and question.

  7. Wow, this is absolutely amazing! As someone who loves numbers, I am diggin your chart here. Did you make this yourself or is there somewhere online you can do this? I spend the better portion of the summer traveling around the US and over in Europe and am now curious as to how much I spent and on what!

    Unfortunately for me my travel plans are coming to a brief halt in 2012. I traveled so much this past year but just settled down in Colorado so while I may not be able to go someone international or far away, I have a ton of places at my disposal!

  8. tschitschi says:

    How interesting to see that summary. I actually have no idea how much I spent travelling, and I love the idea of keeping a list of memorable people you met!