Our Trip in Numbers

This post was written by Silvia Lawrence, who can be found blogging from Heart My Backpack.


After four and a half months traveling together, Danielle and my first coconut adventure has now come to an end. Despite countless hiccups along the way, we both agree that it was an overwhelming success and have definitely left with some new favorite places in the world. Danielle loved Indonesia, especially the beachy islands, and I fell hard for Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. In fact, while usually my love for countries is extremely fickle and I’m always eager to move on to new places, I’m already trying to think of ways to return to Central Asia and work on my oh so awful Russian.







But aside from all of our mushy emotions about traveling together and the countries we visited, how can we sum up our trip for you guys? Well, if you’re as big of a fan of numbers as I am, take a look at these ones:

Number of secondhand cigarettes smoked: 600. How often did we hear fellow travelers tell us that no, they don’t smoke at home, but the cheap price of cigarettes in Asia is a bargain too good to ignore. Really? Ew. 

Weeks traveled together: 17

Countries visited: 8  Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam

Hospital visits: 4  All Silvia

Random languages from our past that have come in use:  Hebrew, Russian, German, French, Japanese, and Tibetan 

Photos taken of us by Chinese tourists: 175 

Times we cried: 12   (not always because of the photos)

Longest trip: 72 hours

Bag weight at the start: 9 kg (S) and  12 kg (D)

Bag weight at the end: 12.5 kg and 18.6 kg

Total money stolen: $180

Third coconuts joined: 3  Angel, Jeanna, and Sasha!

Most steamed buns consumed in a sitting: 14 (D)

Total money spent on visas (combined): $1132

Money Silvia saved with her Norwegian passport: $172 Could have saved an additional $100, oops!

Money spent on flights (each): $340

Longest stay: 3 weeks Beijing

Pairs of sunglasses gone through: 8

TOTAL amount of money spent (each): $4,630

And, drum roll ……

We have spent 415 HOURS in planes, trains, trucks, cars, vans, and buses. That’s just over 17 days, or 2.5 weeks.

Now pardon us while we go stretch our legs.

10 Responses to “Our Trip in Numbers”

  1. Uncle Richard says:

    Wow, you coconuts really did an incredible job! I have been following your travels from the start. Your writing was great and the photos were exceptional. You should be very proud of your work.

    Umm, who’s watching Danielle?

  2. Dan says:

    Shit, I was jealous of your trip until reading this. 2.5 weeks sitting in a vehicle? Well done, girls! I wouldn’t have managed it.

  3. Lina says:

    Wait, does this mean you guys are finished blogging??

  4. emma says:

    17 days traveling, ohmygod!

  5. Satu VW says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog Silvia & for your lovely comment, let me know if you need any help or information for your Norway trip! And wow, what a trip you’ve had!! I’d love to visit all the “stans” i.e. Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. You really got me curious now, I need to check your blog properly once the kids are sleeping… 🙂

    • Silvia says:

      Aw thanks, Satu! The Stans are ah-mazing, seriously! I don’t know how they’ve managed to remain overlooked as a tourist destination for so long, but I’m sure eventually people will realize that they are the new place to go. And thanks for your sweet offer! I go to Norway about once a year, but still have been perusing your blog for inspiration for the trip. xx

  6. I love these “by the numbers” posts! My favorite was “most steamed buns consumed in a sitting” haha. Sounds like a fabulous adventure!

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