Trip Totals: Accounting for our Whereabouts

bernina express 1 switzerland train

This photo counts as one of my favorites: The Bernina Express rail line in the Swiss Alps.

Apart from toting up income (not enough) and expenses (too much), we endorse counting up other important things in your life, especially at tax time. Count your blessings; count your cousins; count your freckles, calories, or steps. How many times did I swear today?

We’re acknowledging our inner accountant by sharing these trip totals from our latest travels. It was a fairly extended journey, but the itinerary formed as we went along. We started only with round-trip air reservations from Omaha to Athens, plus a date in London. (The letters in parentheses refer to footnotes.)

Athens 2014-2015 Trip Totals

Departure date: October 16, 2014
Return date: March 10, 2015
146 days

st pancras station london

The first leg of our Eurail train travel started here in London, and it was also our first trip to Paris via the Chunnel.

11 countries; seven of them new to us (a)
3 continents (b)
5 islands (c)
33 cities with overnight stays (d)
42 bedrooms (yes, 42 different beds)

10 air travel days; includes seven layovers, 17 segments
19,893 air miles
15 train travel days
250-300 average miles per train day, estimate
2 train passes (Eurail and Swiss Travel Pass)
5 rental cars
5 ferries

2 conferences (TBEX in Athens and World Travel Market in London)
3 live contacts with family/friends (nephew in England; niece in Paris; friend in Bern)
5 introductions and meet-ups based on mutual friends (Paris, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt)
11 guided tours (e)

6 European Capitals of Culture (f)
26 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (g)
2 live theater performances (h)
0 live music performances (I’m ashamed), not counting street and cafe performers

6 mountain ranges (i)
9 cities by the sea (or lake) (j)

…and my favorite for last:
16 river towns (k)

Footnotes:
A most helpful tool in recalling these details is TripIt Pro. We keep our flights, hotels, train reservations, and key tours and events in this useful app.
a) COUNTRIES: Greece, England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, Malta, Egypt
b) CONTINENTS: Europe, Asia, Africa
c) ISLANDS: Paros, Greece; Great Britain; Cyprus; Malta; Gozo
d) CITIES: Athens, Paros, Meteora, Thessaloniki; London, Marlow; Paris, Caen, Strasbourg, Colmar; Bern, Montreux, Zermatt, Chur; Verona, Trieste; Ljubljana; Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome; Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Eilat; Petra, Wadi Rum, Amman; Paphos; St. Julian’s Bay/Valletta; Sharm El Sheikh, Aswan, Luxor, Cairo
e) GUIDED TOURS: Corinth (Kris), Delphi (Tom), and Kalampaka/Meteora, Greece; Venice, Florence, and Rome, Italy; Idrija, Slovenia
f) EUROPEAN CAPITALS OF CULTURE: Athens, Thessaloniki, Paris, Florence, Paphos, Valletta
g) UNESCO WHS: Acropolis, Delphi, Meteora, Byzantine churches of Thessaloniki, Archeological site of Philippi, Mt. Olympus region, Mont Saint-Michel, Paris banks of the Seine, Bern, Bernina rail, Alps, Idrija mercury mines, Verona, Florence, Masada, Jerusalem, Petra, Wadi Rum, Quseir Amra, Um el Rasa, Cairo, Memphis, Luxor (Thebes), Alexandria, Nubian monuments, St. Catherine at Mt. Horeb
h) THEATER “Ancient Pathos” (a.k.a. “Ruins of Passion”) at Topos Allou Theater, Athens; “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at Gielgud Theater, London
i) MOUNTAIN RANGES Olympus Range (Greece), Vosges Mountains (France), The Alps (Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia), Judaean Mountains (Israel), Abarim Range (Jordan), High Sinai Mountains (Egypt)
j) WATERFRONT CITIES Athens, Montreux, Trieste, Venice, Tel Aviv, Eilat, Paphos, Valletta, Sharm el Sheikh
k) RIVER TOWNS London, Marlow, Paris, Caen, Strasbourg, Colmar, Bern, Zermatt, Chur, Verona, Ljubljana, Florence, Rome, Aswan, Luxor, Cairo

7 Comments

  1. Tom Bartel April 15, 2015 at 11:40 am - Reply

    No wonder I’m tired.

  2. Corinne April 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Wow! Sounds like a great trip!

  3. Suzanne Fluhr April 16, 2015 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    So, how long before you hit the road again? Of course, maybe Minneapolis is on the road too these days. I just got home. I’m ready to leave again.

    • Tom Bartel April 16, 2015 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      We’re leaving a week from Sunday for Barcelona, and TBEX in Lloret. Hope we see you there.

  4. Janet Hogshead April 21, 2015 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Wonderful travels–and you took us with you every beautiful picture of the way. Many thanks!

  5. VASSILIKI MAMALOUKOU April 24, 2015 at 1:31 am - Reply

    You’re welcome to our theater to see “Ancient Pathos” play. The performance is based on Ancient Greek Tragedy. It is a compilation of the most powerful scenes from well-known tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. It is a different experience for our guests. The performance has been presented in various festivals abroad in Verona Italy, Germany, Washington DC and Australia and in Greece.Please see more here: https://travelpast50.com/greek-theater/ (Kristin’s post). Book your tickets at +30 210 8656004 Contact me at mamaloukou@gmail.com or dir. of the play , mr Nicholas Kamtsis at nkariel@gmail.com. Thank you.

    • Kristin Henning April 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks for commenting, Vassiliki. I hope some U.S. universities will invite your company for performances and education. It would be a great exchange for either Classics or Theater departments.

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