By the numbers


I’ve started reflecting on some of the numbers associated with the New Zealand trip – and they are rather astounding, at least to me.

We flew ~23,000 miles and drove another 1,000. There was some train time some boat time as well as a couple buses. We flew on five different types of airplanes (Airbus 320 & 340-600 and Boeing 747-400, 737-300 & 737-800) and stayed in eight different hotels (plus the two nights on airplanes).

I carried three cameras (two digital and one film) and took over 2,000 pictures (almost all digital). About 10% of those were actually any good, and the collection of those, along with a bit of narrative, can be found here or (here and here, without the narrative.). And while I was taking pictures Linnea managed to read about 4000 pages in various books. Or, to think of it another way, every time I pushed the shutter button she flipped the page in her book.

I met at least 15 other people in the airports and on the planes who were traveling on the same deal that we got, which was actually more than I expected. On the flight to Sydney we made up ~20% of the business/first class passenger count, and both cabins were packed.

Oh, and there was the one missing digit in the price tag for the flights, which made this all possible 🙂

I can’t really enumerate how fantastic the trip was, but that’s a different problem I’ll have to deal with.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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