That is, approximately, how many kilometres I traveled in 2012. That’s about 12, 698 miles.
I’ve done more traveling this year than any other. Perhaps my trip to Europe in 2008 might be a close rival, but still I think I can call “2012 a travel year” – at least for me.
I’m not usually about numbers. I don’t care to brag about who has gone the furthest from home, or who has the most travel miles. Some of you might be studying abroad, on a RTW, or maybe you travel a lot for work. My travel tally this year might not seem like much travel to you at at all. Other people might be the opposite. Maybe you didn’t get to travel a lot this year, or at all. Maybe my travel tally might seem impossible to get to in one year.
I’m bringing up this number not to brag but to express how genuinely shocked I am at how much travel I was able to do in 2012. Even though I’m in University, and even though I have a pretty limited travel fund, that’s pretty much depleted at the moment (I have about $150 in my travel account at the moment) I still was able to travel.
For this tally I counted the little road trips I did for travel: to Red Deer with my friends, to Calgary, and out to some small towns in Alberta. This tally includes the family trip I took to British Columbia, and my annual drive to Saskatchewan to visit more family. It includes all my flights for my US trips, plus the estimated driving, walking, and public transiting I did in each city. After all it’s not like I just stayed around in the Houston Airport for 2 days. I explored… about 100km worth in Houston (it’s a big city). Of course winning a trip to New Orleans also helped to bump up my travel kilometers (or miles). I used good old Google Maps to estimate ground distances, and Travel Math to estimate the flight distances. I tried to err on the conservative side though, so it’s likely I probably traveled more than 20,435km this year.
Last year I wasn’t sure where I’d go in 2012. I had bought a ticket to TBEX in Colorado, but I had no way of knowing how and if I’d get there. I had dreams of going to New Orleans, but no idea how to make them happen. And this year I got to go… twice. I got to go to Colorado, and to Houston. I got to take a trip to BC that was impromptu, and showed me family I had never met (yes I still haven’t gotten to that trip yet). I got to go to Saskatchewan and visit new small towns, and more family.
2012 is close to ending, and I haven’t even made a drop in the bucket with all the travel stories I can tell. There are photos to show, stories to share, wisdom to impart. So what’s next?
Honestly I have no idea. I don’t know where I’ll travel to in 2013, or when I will be able to go. A large part of my traveling next year depends on my schooling. I’ll be able to apply for a practicum, hopefully starting in May. What exactly that will be, and where that will be is open-ended at the moment. Again I have a limited travel fund. I have a ticket to TBEX in Toronto, but no clue on if/how I’ll get there. I have travel dreams, but no idea how I’ll make them happen.
Yet somehow I know that I will travel. I’ll find a way to go somewhere; maybe I won’t travel as far as this year, and maybe I’ll travel further. It’s hard to tell right now, but I can look back and say that 2012 was a great year of travel for me, and I am hoping somehow 2013 will top it.
What about you? Excited for 2013? Any great travel plans coming up?