I usually put a picture up at the top of every blog post, but I think I’ll place this one down below the text. I’m sure you’ll understand why when you see our next infographic.
This one’s all about transportation. Specifically, the time we spent traveling from place to place on our trip.
It was easy enough for me to collect this data. I spent a lot of time on my iPhone on those long bus rides. Watching movies, reading books, and listening to podcasts; it really wasn’t such a bad time. At some point during the long ride, I’d remember to jot down the beginning and end points in the Notes app and, once the trip was done, I’d count up the hours we’d spent on the road and jot that down, too (rounding to the nearest quarter hour.) While I did the same for trains, boats, and minivans, I neglected to write down much of anything about our airline travel. I had to recreate that data by digging through archived emails for the itineraries.
For obvious reasons, I didn’t keep track of any travel within the cities and towns we visited. Taxis, metros, city buses and the like were too frequent and too short to worry over. To that end, what you see below is only the intercity travel.
I’ve been looking forward to totaling up these numbers and sharing them with you ever since we took an epic 34-hour bus ride in Africa. I knew the numbers would be impressive, but even I didn’t expect the total we came up with. Look at that first number: 737 hours and 45 minutes of travel. That’s 30.74 days we spent moving from one place to another. One entire month of our 13-month, ’round-the-world trip was spent sitting in a bus, plane, train, boat, or automobile ! (Over two weeks of our lives spent in bus seats alone!!)
It kind of boggles the mind.
(Make sure to click the image to see a larger version.)