Month 2: Travel Summary and Statistics


Kaohsiung statue temple

This time two months ago, I was boarding a plane but considering turning around and going back to the safety and security of my home.

I wondered if I was making a huge mistake. 

Today, I’ve just come back from spending the day sunbathing on a tropical beach in southern Taiwan, realising how incredibly lucky I am and how I’ve never felt happier.

The second month of my trip has been a million times better than the first month. During my first month I was still finding my feet and worrying about everything. Although I was having lots of fun, I didn’t realise how much more fun I could have been having until the second month. I’ve now settled into a routine and feel much more comfortable with travelling. I’ve learned to relax and enjoy the ride.

I spent the first half of this month finishing up the Europe part of my trip by visiting Hungary, Ukraine and Russia. It was at this point that I started having problems with the language barrier, so I found it slightly tougher to travel through those countries. The highlight of this part of my trip was taking a tour of Chernobyl and the ghost town of Pripyat. It was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had and I learned a lot.

tour of chernobyl

In the second half of the month, I got to visit the second continent of my trip: Asia. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been eager to get to this part of the world, so I was worried that maybe I’d built it up to be something amazing and that I’d be disappointed…

Fortunately, I wasn’t.

As soon as I landed in Taiwan I instantly fell in love with the country and subsequently ended up staying in Taipei for two weeks in total! I then made my way to the south of the island to Kaohsiung, where I’m currently writing this from.

Kaohsiung statue temple

As soon as I landed in Taipei, I got to experience travel without plans for the first time! With no real agenda or itinerary on the table, I’m enjoying taking things slow. I love having the opportunity to spend as long as I like in a place without feeling as though there is any real rush to move on.

So onto my statistics for the month!

Travel Statistics:

Distance travelled: 5840 miles

Countries Visited: 4

Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Taiwan

Cities Visited: 7

Lake Balaton, Budapest, Kiev, Moscow, Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung

Number of beds slept in: 8

Number of photos taken: 2188

Transportation:

Number of buses taken – 1

Number of trains taken – 5

Number of planes taken – 4

Money spent:

Hungary: £100 over 6 days = £17 a day

Ukraine: £240 over 5 days = £16 a day (Not including £160 for Chernobyl tour)

Russia: £60.27 over 2 days = £30 a day

Taiwan: £291.22 over 18 days = £16 a day

Miscellaneous: £420 for flights.

Total spent over the month = £1111.49

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The next month:

I’ll be spending the next week travelling up the east coast of Taiwan before heading to China. I have absolutely no idea how long I will stay there, but I have a double entry visa so I can go to Hong Kong half-way through. I know that a lot of new travellers struggle in China, so I’m intrigued to see how I’ll find it!

Looking to follow along with my travels through my monthly summaries? You can read the previous month’s summary here, the next month’s summary here, or head on over to the monthly summary page to read from the very beginning!

35 Comments

  1. George
    September 17, 2011
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    see a renewed effort with keeping up. Love the monthly updates. I am sooo soo jealous of your photo of Taiwan. I am in Perth airport now about to go back to Britain and while I am not sad to leave Oz I wish I was still travelling. Taiwan just looks beautiful I am beyond jealous.

    You should have taken the train though. I went on the indian pacific (post below) and I loved it (except the last day) it’s the second longest train to trans siberian though that is on my list too. hope you are having fun anyway xx

    • September 17, 2011
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      Yep! Newfound motivation! :)

      Taiwan is incredible, so different to what I expected and in a good way! :) Ah, that sucks that you’re going back to Britain, any more travels planned soon?

      I avoided the train because I had read reports that the border control was crazy, and lots of people got travel sick, and had no sleep… I just chickened out and went with the plane!

  2. Abhijit
    September 17, 2011
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    Which other places in Asia do you plan to visit? Any plans to visit India? :)

    p.s. Loved the Taiwan photo! :)

    • September 18, 2011
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      Lots and lots! Plan on spending about 6 months in SE Asia. No India on this trip unfortunately.

  3. George
    September 17, 2011
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    Next adventure is taking part in jailbreak charity hitchhike. As far from campus as possible in 36 hours spending no money on transport. Last years winners got to Bangkok so hopefully something as good is install for us.

    Then nothing which is a frightening thought. I have plans to go to Japan and teach after I graduate but we’ll have to see. Still that is 9 months away argh.

    I am so glad you are older than me your blog is like the perfect guide to RTW so when it is my turn I don’t have to do half the research it’s all here.

    • September 19, 2011
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      Jailbreak hitchike?! That sounds insane! Hahahaha.

      And awww that’s so sweet of you to say! Glad you think it’s useful :D

  4. George
    September 17, 2011
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    someone has hacked your photos just saying btw

  5. Julia
    September 17, 2011
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    I love the sound of Taiwan. It’s not somewhere I’ve considered before but it really has me intrigued now. Also can’t wait to hear about your China experiences as it’s high on my list and may make an appearance on next year’s itinerary!

    • September 19, 2011
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      Taiwan is AMAZING, you have to go!! It’s a lot different to how I expected it would be, especially in the countryside.

  6. Ashley Lenzen
    September 18, 2011
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    Great update! I love seeing what adventures other people that left about the same time we did have had. I also loved the Taiwan photo!

  7. Ali
    September 18, 2011
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    Congrats on two months! I’m glad you’re enjoying your trip & don’t feel so rushed now. I’ll be in SE Asia pretty soon, maybe our paths will cross.

    • September 19, 2011
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      Thanks, Ali! It’s so much more relaxing to not feel like I’ve gotta rush off somewhere every few days.

      Let me know when you get to SE Asia! :)

  8. Dan Collins
    September 18, 2011
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    Sounds like you’re having a good time! Good luck for the rest of your trip..

  9. Monica
    September 18, 2011
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    Wow, great effort on keeping track of everything! sounds like you’re doing pretty well with the budget too! But 9 McDondalds! hehe.

    • September 19, 2011
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      Thanks, Monica! I’m actually really terrible at keeping track of things, it’s all calculated last minute haha!

  10. Jaime
    September 18, 2011
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    How do you keep loosing shoes… How? LOL congrats on your 2nd month… sounds like you are having a blast. I love seeing your statistic I wish I had kept track of all mine. I only track a few naughty things…lol!!!

    • September 19, 2011
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      I DON’T KNOW! It’s worse now that i’m in Asia and have to take my shoes off outside… I just end up walking off without them!

      Yeah, I don’t even want to THINK about what you track, hahahaha!

  11. Shivya
    September 18, 2011
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    What a perfect time to find your blog, Lauren! Wow, I never thought traveling in Hungary & Ukraine was so affordable. They’re going on my travel list for next year.

    I’ll be following your travels from hereon. Very inspired that you’re traveling long term & solo :)

    • September 21, 2011
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      They were surprisingly cheap! I wasn’t expecting it either.

      Thanks for the kind words! :)

  12. Elle
    September 18, 2011
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    Girl how in the hell do you lose 3 pairs of shoes??? You should keep track of all of the new foods you’ve tried too :)

    • September 21, 2011
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      I just keep forgetting them!!

      Good idea – I’ll start doing that! Although in Asia a lot of the time I have no idea what I’m even eating! :D

  13. LAbackpackerChick
    September 19, 2011
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    Congratulations on making the best choice of your life! It’s great that you took the plunge and decided to do a RTW trip. It’s very brave and extremely rewarding :)

    I took the plunge four years ago and never looked back. SE Asia is one of my favorite places to write about if you need any tips please feel free to ask or check out my blog for some travel insights :)

    Happy trails!
    Alex

    • September 21, 2011
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      Thanks Alex! I’ll check out your blog now! :)

  14. Jordan
    September 19, 2011
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    5840 miles AND a boyfriend? That is impressive.

    • September 21, 2011
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      YEAH! High five to me!

  15. eGichomo
    September 20, 2011
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    The stats post is one of my fav reads, I like :) So organized.

    • September 21, 2011
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      Thanks man! It’s a lot of fun putting together! :)

  16. Angela
    September 20, 2011
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    Lovely trip you are having so far, Ukraine turned out quite expensive, or did you expect it?
    Don’t be absolutely afraid of going to China, I’ve lived in Shanghai for a year and I’m so jealous you are going, I can’t wait to go back! Any tip you might need, just ask ;)

    • September 21, 2011
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      I expected it because i knew i was going to have to shell out £100 for the chernobyl trip.

      Awesome, I’ll be contacting you about Shanghai!

  17. Mike Lenzen | Traveled Earth
    September 22, 2011
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    Nice stats,

    I wouldn’t feel bad about that budget, we’re spending almost the same amount in central america where things are crazy cheap.

    And I totaly feel for you and the language barrier. We were having a hard time with it too, so we finally sat down for some language classes.

  18. Ian [EagerExistence]
    September 23, 2011
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    Tell me more about the boyfriend gained = 1!??

    I have my own “love on the road” stories to tell.

  19. Sarah Peck
    October 11, 2011
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    Thanks for this post! Just started my journey two weeks ago in Russia, its been a challenge. This is super encouraging!
    -Sarah

  20. crazy sexy fun traveler
    December 27, 2011
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    Now I got when you said we would get lost in Chiang Mai if you toured me :D 17??? :D

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