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!