Around the World – Inside the Numbers


This post is all about the numbers…
Check out the facts behind our journey around the globe!


We met people from 67 countries, covering over one third of the world’s nations, including Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela & Vietnam.
Other territories included: Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Scotland, Wales
Some of the AWESOME people we met


We traveled to 5 continents and 23 countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Cambodia, Colombia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Laos, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, Thailand, USA, Vatican City & Vietnam

Taking in the sites in Lima, Peru
Duomo di Milano, Milan, Italy
Ta Prohm Temple in Angkor, Cambodia
Exploring an abandoned waterpark in Hue, Vietnam



Spending is per person, for the whole 13 months**



**Before we get into the numbers, I wanted to be totally up front about the costs. The costs include everything except vaccines ($392.58) and travel insurance ($1,617.58) which were purchased beforehand. So that’s roughly a $2,000 up front cost that was not factored in to the numbers. Everything else from flights, to beers, to buses, to visas, EVERYTHING, that was spent from day 1 is included. Whether it was Dollars, Euros, Francs, Korunas, Forints, Zloty, Baht, Kip, Riel, Dong, Rupiah, Sol, Bolivianos or Pesos, it’s all been converted and accounted for.

So that’s correct, we traveled around the world for


**Spending is per person

**Spending is per person

Cao lầu, a famous noodle dish from Hoi An, Vietnam. Not only was it amazing, but a meal and 3 beers was less than $5 USD.





      • 241 days in 67 hostels
      • 42 days staying with friends (9 times, see below; THANK YOU ALL!)
      • 40 days in 6 Airbnb’s
      • 31 days in 2 camper vans
      • 21 days in 8 hotels
      • 13 days in 6 guesthouses
      • 10 days on 10 overnight flights & buses
      • 398 days on the road
Maria, Papapino & friends in Vibo Marina, Italy
Arianna and family in Vaiano Cremasco, Italy
Michaela showing us around Laax, Switzerland
Barbara and the Bros at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
Jon, Tina, Bros and beers in Bruges, Belgium
Chris showing us what footy is all about in Melbourne, Australia
Kevin & Andre introducing us to South America in Lima, Peru
Santi giving us the tour in Medellin, Colombia
Sanjeev welcoming us home with a couch and the floor in NYC, USA


Flying over Panama
Layover in Melbourne, Australia
Layover in London, UK








  • Newark, NJ, USA → Rome, Italy

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands → Bangkok, Thailand
      • (stopovers in London City, UK; Heathrow, UK; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

  • Hanoi, Vietnam → Bali, Indonesia
      • (stopover in Seoul, South Korea)

  • Bali, Indonesia → Christchurch, New Zealand
      • (stopovers in Sydney, Australia; Melbourne, Australia)

  • Christchurch, New Zealand → Melbourne, Australia

  • Melbourne, Australia → Lima, Peru
      • (stopovers in Sydney, Australia; Santiago, Chile)

  • Cusco, Peru → Medellin, Colombia
      • (stopovers in Lima, Peru; Cartagena, Colombia)

  • Medellin, Colombia → Cartagena, Colombia

  • Cartagena, Colombia → Panama City, Panama

  • Panama City, Panama → NYC, USA
      • (stopovers in Miami, FL, USA; Columbus, OH, USA)

**When we booked our flights using airline miles, we would score long haul flights for next to nothing.
The catch…we had to take routes with long layovers and multiple legs and stopovers.
For us, time was something we had on our side.
It was worth it to save our money in exchange for a brutal travel day.
The Sacrifice:  Ride an extra plane or two. Catch up on some new movies.  Eat McDonald’s & nap in the airport.
The Payoff:  End up in a new part of the world with a flight that cost less than the Big Mac we just ate in the airport.

Ready to takeoff to Rome, Italy
When the flight costs less than the Big Mac meal…winning!
Layover in Christchurch, NZ

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Stephanie Messina says:

    You are amazing!




  2. Anonymous says:

    Proves you can do anything you put your mind to. Where there is the will, you will find the way!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s