At the end of last year I learned about a new website, called TripIt. It is a web site which is tracking your trips made during the year. Maybe not something you cannot live without, but definitely a useful tool if you are into statistics. Since the end of the year approaches, here is what I done in 2011:
- 28 trips
- 107 days on the road (which is almost a third of the year – I didn’t realize myself that it was so much…)
- 91.906 km (which is more than twice around the world)
- 21 cities
- 17 countries
I am still amazed at the speed with which our planet shrunk. I was born and raised in a country from which you could not go anywhere, as it was behind the Iron Curtain. My first international travel was straight into the USA, in 1992. Since then, I visited approx. 54 countries, most of them on the job.
One thing is for sure: travel today is no longer a pleasure. It is hard, stressful, mostly dirty, tiring and sometimes also dangerous. Osama and terrorism are not the only things to blame – we are. We accept what is being dished out to us (like many other things in life), as seemingly there is no alternative. I am sure there is, also in our price range, we just haven’t found it yet.