The Post for the Statistic-Geeks

Six months, 187 days to be precise, flew by as I flew through the countries cycling, hitchhiking and singing songs with my glass-shattering voice. Most of my trip was spent in the Eastern part of Europe, to countries of which I at first didn’t know the difference or geographical location. Nearing the end of summer, it felt time to return to my home, to see my family and beautiful dogs again. So I got my cardboard, wrote my destination down and made way from the lovely city Melk, which had been my stop for the past weeks. It was the 14th of September, when I surprised my mother as I appeared at her front door after I was given my finale ride. The man felt part of the ending of my trip, I could sense. “Go see your family, kid!”, as he dropped me off in the center. I rang the doorbell, without any response on exception of our small dog tapping the window, thus I waited. The young boy on the back of her bicycle, one of the children my mom takes care of, immediately recognized me, while it took  a minute for my mother as she gazed at me with a shocked face. I am back home! A long journey in the past and a grand future that holds many choices for me to come. But for now, I want to sit down and put some of my travelling and the world’s kindness down in numbers.

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For the 3 4 people that read my blog and are enthusiastically waiting for me to write another story, after three months of silence, I have bad news. This is not really a post, it is numbers, statistics and some unnecessary stuff that probably interests nobody. But completely serious, look at the red marks and hopefully it will boost your faith in humankind. And if there is anything you would want to know, a question to be answered with honesty, leave a comment down below or contact me – I will make a contact page. Down below will be a short thank you to all the people and a rating on some equipment I used that might help anyone else who is also not experience and would like to know what easy and cheap material is actually useable.

 

The Statistics of my Travel:

Total:

Days: 187

Hours: 11.224

Minutes: 673.440

Seconds: 40.406.400

Days cycling: 53

Days hitchhiking: 48

Countries crossed: 13

Distances:

Distance Travelled: 12,252.4 km (7 613,3 miles)

Most distance on one day: 725 km

Average per day spent travelling: 121.3 km

Distance Bicycle: 2750 km

Average per day spent cycling*: 53 km

 Distance hitchhiked: 9250 km

Most distance with one ride: 559 km

Average per ride: 68km

Hitchhiking:

Amount of rides: 136

Rides offered: 11

Time spent waiting: 69H42M

Longest wait: 9H (I know…)

Average time spent waiting per ride: 31 Min

Average time spent waiting per ride, without the two big ones: 23Min

Nights:

Spent in a tent: 66x

Garden: 19x

Invited inside: 20x

Average amount of attempts per try finding such a place to sleep: 3

Been offered accommodation: 18x

In paid accommodation: 9x

Money spent on a roof: €76,75

CouchSurfing: Prague and Kiev

Public Transport:

Bus: 10x (didn’t always have to pay :D)

Metro: 10x

Taxi: 2x

Autobus: 1x

Train: 1x

Ferry:2x

Tram: 5x

Money:

Money spent in 100 days**: €569.28

Money spent on food: €228.02

Extra money spent ( Classical concert, castle visit, night out, equipment, hostel): €341.26

Average per day: €5,69

Work:

Worked for my food: 4 weeks in Austria, 3 days in Lithuania and earned money by collecting cans along the road in Germany 😛

 

Random:

Beans: 13x

Been offered food: 65x

Started bonfire: 15x

Had a rainy day: 35x (18.7%)

Highest speed with bicycle: 55km/h

 

 

Best hitchhiking spot(s): Small roads will get you rides quick. Rest stops in Germany will get you rides quick and far.

Worst hitchhiking spot(s): Bialystok and from Kiev-Odessa

Country of Hospitality: Poland

Place of non-hospitality: Bielefeld


Thank you!!

This trip has been one like no other I have made yet. Time spent among the local people, whose hospitality left me in awe, is time I am grateful for. Strangers fed me, conversed with me, cared for me and made this a journey I will never forget. A huge thanks to everyone, making me see the good side of the world.


 

Rating my equipment

The tent ***

My cheap, 2-seconds easy quechua tent has saved me many nights, being easy to set up. In the mornings, you can have it ready to go within minutes, giving you extra time to warm up some soup (hopefully gravity won’t be such a problem for you as it was for me). Having said the obvious, I will continue to praise the tent, as it is not only easy and cheap, but tough and fierce too. Surviving storms, heavy rain and strong wind. Not even used the pegs once. After 101 days of taking it with me and 66 times of putting it up, it has only been damaged slightly. The link is a two person tent, however I had a single person, which seems to be a tent from Harry Potter, whereas it barely takes in any space when put on the ground, but inside you have plenty of room. The con: It is big and wide in a round shape. Not the easiest thing to carry with you.

Conclusion: Cheap and easy, but a quality product. If money is no issue, I would invest in a better one, that doesn’t take that much space.

 

The backpack ***

My backpack was cheap and simple, but efficient. It got the work done. I quickly learned however, that little costs, came with less quality. A few parts would break down or tear. Nonetheless, I still recommend this backpack. It has a decent amount of room and in the bottom you can find rain protection.

Conclusion: The backpack for the low-budget beginner.


* This includes days only cycled in the same city or to a sightseeing on a rest day. With a real bike meant for such trips, 80-100 kilometres per day is more realistic.

** After the 100th day, I kinda lost track of how much I was spending. Sadly… I hope however, that this might be of any help.

***Any given advice and or opinions is only meant to either describe my trip or to help people have a great travelling experience

 

 


13 thoughts on “The Post for the Statistic-Geeks

  1. I can’t believe I missed this post! So many people love to travel but reading about your adventures has reminded me it’s a goal that isn’t unachievable if you are willing to see where the road takes you. I’ve yet to read about another traveller that has had such varied and personal experiences, seeing all those miles written down makes me incredibly jealous!

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  2. Super schattig van die man die je je laatste lift terug naar huis gaf! Ik hoor trouwens wel bij die 4 mensen die enthousiast je blog lezen! Gave nummers zeg. Echt niet verwacht dat je dit allemaal zo bij zou houden. 😱

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  3. Whow volgens mij is er ergens iets mis gegaan dat je dit allemaal bij hebt gehouden. Heel grappig om te lezen maar dat je dit ook daadwerkelijk allemaal hebt opgeschreven dan moet je toch wel van het padje zijn.

    Maar toch wel leuke info.

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      1. thanks for all the beautiful stories and thanks for having had the opportunity to meet you….looking forward to hear more about your adventures wherever your travels might take you……Jose and myself enjoyed your company and all the good conversations we had……….

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      2. Hey Heidi!
        Thank you a lot too, we had a great time! With Jose too, despite the language barrière that I have come to know during these travels. I will definitely see all of you some day in Eitental again. So keep the dog nearby 😉

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