3 Months on the road - The balance in numbers
3 Months on the road
We have just returned from 3 months of intensive travel through Mexico and America. Of course, such a world trip is quite an undertaking and does bring with it some numbers. Are you curious what insane numbers such a trip will bring? Want to know how many planes we boarded in total? Find out here what the balance in numbers is of our 3 months on the road.
Although we “only” visited 2 different countries, we still call this a trip around the world. We saw a lot of the world as these 2 countries, Mexico and America, are huge! Both Mexico and America have a huge number of beautiful places and we really wanted to discover them. And we succeeded! We saw much of these 2 beautiful countries. Our 3 months on the road were wonderful.
In total of our trip, we covered ourselves in 3 foreign languages. This was mostly English, but we also spoke Spanish and occasionally French. If you are leaving on a world trip, it is helpful to learn some basic words and phrases and/or bring a dictionary.
Our world trip had no less than 20 destinations in total. These are 20 places we have been. In total, we actually stayed at 13 of these 20 places. The other 7 destinations ware places where we were maximum one day. At (most) other destinations, we stayed a minimum of one week.
Because we were in Mexico and America, and not Europe, we covered a lot of distances by plane. By car, most distances were simply too far apart and not feasible to cover in a short time. In total, we took exactly 10 flights! That’s one flight almost every week. The rest of the distances we did by public transport such as train, bus and also the occasional cab.
Food is a basic need that you should definitely consider during budget planning for a world trip. In some countries, food is much cheaper than in others. With us, food in Mexico was a lot cheaper than food in America. In total, we each ate 276 full meals. That amounts to eating 3x/day. Of course, this included occasional snacks. This seems like a huge number in hindsight, but it’s better to take it into account in advance for your next adventure. So keep enough money available because you can’t live without food!
215 liters of water
Besides food, drinking is also essential for your body. Perhaps more importantly and especially in southern countries! In total, we drank about 215 liters of water per person during these 3 months of travel. That amounts to between 2 and 3 liters of water per day. And you need that! During all flights we drank more because you dehydrate quickly in the air. Also during hikes at 30 degrees and above, we lost a lot of moisture that we needed back. Also during an unexpected illness, you may need more extra water. This is certainly an important part of our final balance sheet!
Corona is the beer you could find everywhere in Mexico. We didn’t drink this every day, but it was just as likely that we drank two in one day. In total, we drank about 74 Coronas in our 3 months of travel. Which is nothing compared to some Mexican residents. They can easily drink 10 without feeling anything at all. Did you know that some Mexicans even add tomato juice or salsa to their beer? We tried it and it sounds worse than it tastes!
6 bottles of sunscreen
In Mexico we saw a lot of sunshine, but also in America it was sometimes very sunny in some places. So sunscreen was something we definitely needed during our trip! We took 3 bottles in advance, but had to buy 3 more on our trip itself. This makes a total of 6 bottles of sunscreen for our entire trip! Or 3 bottles of sunscreen/person. Burning we did not do.
70 kg luggage
Of course, what has stayed with us most from our entire trip are the many wonderful memories. If we added them up we would have at least 1000. A trip never to forget! This was our balance sheet, hopefully you’ll find it useful.
3 months on tour
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Are you curious what our world trip cost in total? You can read about that here next Friday! See you then!