Tall Matt's Travels


Matt - Wed Jan 23, 2008 @ 12:27PM
Comments: 22

As you might suspect, it takes a while to digest a trip like this. I've been home for a couple weeks now, and at times it all seems almost... fake. Sometimes it feels like it happened a long time ago. Sometimes I wake up and forget I'm actually home. It's hard to describe.

The time has however, allowed me some time to go through some things and reflect a bit. I've had a chance to compile a few numbers. Below are some interesting facts and figures I've managed to generate. A bit of an "at a glance" sheet if you will. And I will.


  • Start Date: January 8, 2007
  • End Date: January 8, 2008
  • Total Days on the Road: 365
  • Continents: 7
  • Individual Nations: 43
    (Does not include USA, Hong Kong or Antarctica)
  • Cities/Towns Visited (at least one night's stay required): 101


  • Total Miles: >70,000
  • Total Kilometers: >113,000
    *The circumference of the earth at the equator is 24,901.55 miles or 40,075.16 kilometers. These numbers do not include day trips, metro rides, walking...
  • Longest bus ride: 31 hours - 1657km/1030mi
    (Arica, Chile to Santiago, Chile - includes 3-hour breakdown in Atacama desert)
  • Longest plane ride: 14 hours: 12516km/7777mi
    (Sydney, Australia to Vancouver, Canada)


  • Flights (including connections): 35
  • Individual Airlines: 24
  • Bus Rides (inter-city): 56
  • Rides in friends' personal vehicles: >15


  • Languages Encountered: >25
  • Currencies Used: 36
  • Pages Filled in Passport: 27 of 37 possible
    (extra pages added at US Embassy in Buenos Aries)
  • Stamps/Visas in Passport: 81
    (includes all entry and exit stamps/stickers - number is not indicative of countries visited for a variety of reasons: My request for Israel to not stamp my passport, the Freedom of Movement agreement in the EU, etc.)
  • Longest time in One Country: 32 days (New Zealand)
  • Longest time in One City: 21 days (Beijing, China)
  • Movies Seen: >25
  • Haircuts: 4
    (Cape Town, South Africa; Dublin, Ireland; Beijing, China; Perth, Australia)
  • Emails Sent: >800
  • Emails Received: >1600
  • Toothbrushes: 14
  • Bottles of Antibiotics: 2
  • Immunizations: Polio, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Tdap, Yellow Fever) + weekly anti-malarials
  • Contacts Around the World: >55
  • Books Read: 12 (not counting 5 guidebooks)
  • Total Unique Visits to www.tallmatt.com in 2007: >13,000
  • Pictures Taken: >21,000
  • Journals Filled: 3
  • Pens Used: 5
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