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2016 travels

Updated: Dec 18, 2019

I had the great pleasure of kicking 2016 off with fireworks in Malta. The rest of the year consisted of drinking green wine in Portugal, finding the Lost City of Petra, defying gravity in the Dead Sea in Jordan, witnessing a sword fight in Estonia, touring coastal Croatia, frolicking in Bosnian waterfalls, waving to the Queen of England at The Royal Ascot horse races, hiking to secluded coves in Spain, sitting Centre Court at Wimbledon, sailing the Mediterranean Sea, marveling at the twinkling Eiffel Tower at midnight, eating my way through Italy (twice), taking illegal photos at the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City and visiting the Taj Mahal in India. Not bad for one year’s time, hey?

For some visuals, below is a slideshow highlighting some these travels and experiences (mouse over to see where and when):

In case you are a numbers person, below are some travel-related stats from this past year:

  • Trips: 14

  • Air Miles Flown: 48,638 (almost 2x the Earth’s circumference - 24,902 miles)

  • Airline Segments Flown: 31

  • Airlines Flown: 13

  • Total Countries Visited: 15

  • New Countries Visited: 7 (blue bubbles below)

  • Continents Visited: 3 (North America, Europe, Asia)

  • Nights Spent in Hotels: 51

  • Seven Wonders Seen (from various lists): 4 (Petra, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Colosseum, Taj Mahal)

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited: 15 (Valletta in Malta, Sintra in Portugal, Petra in Jordan, Fortress of Suomenlinna in Finland, Old Town of Tallin in Estonia, Old City Dubrovnik in Croatia, Split with the Palace of Diocletian in Croatia, Mostar Bridge in Bosnia, Historic Centre of San Gimignano in Italy, Cinque Terre in Italy, Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, Historic Centre of Florence in Italy, Historic Centre of Rome in Italy, Amalfi Coast in Italy and Vatican City)


  • 24 out of ~46 European countries (the total depends on the list you’re using)

  • 59 countries per the Travelers’ Century Club list of 325

  • 53 countries out of 196 on the United Nations list

  • 6 of 7 continents (only Antarctica to go)

Thanks for following my tiny green adventures and cheers to more in 2017!


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