21st January 2014

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Well thats it. Im back now from a trip of a lifetime. I had such an incredible time, saw so many phenomenal things and met so many awesome people. This will be my last post on my trip and as such I would like to wrap it up with some highlights and accompanying stats.

**Days Spent: 251**
**Kilometers Travelled: ~ 40000**
**Countries Visited: 16**
**Capital Cities Visited: 14**
**Tours Taken: 4**
**Flights Taken: 10**
**Buses Ridden: ~60**
**Hours Spent on Busses: ~300**
**Days Spent on Busses: ~12.5**
**Bikes Ridden: 1**
**Boats Taken: 26**
** Trains Ridden: 1**

Well I have travelled a long way, 40,000km (give or take) which just so happens to be the circumference of earth. So in some ways you could say I have travelled around the world :P

I have ridden a great number of different forms of transport.

Some of them safer than others

I learnt that half the fun of a trip like this is in the journey. Sure 12.5 days spent on busses doesn't sound like fun but it actually gives you time to rest and to think, not to mention write pages and pages of diary entries..

** Diaries Completed: 6** ** Pages Used: 822** ** Words Written: 117040** ** Blog Posts: 25**

The intention before I left was to keep a written diary so that I would have something other than photos to remember the trip by. Well it turned out to be harder than I had originally foreseen. I estimated that for every day of travel it would take me about an hour to record it in the diary. That means if I don't write for 5 days I have to find 5 hours the next day to fill it in.

I used the diaries as a record of the places I went, the things I did the people I met. Although I didn't just use them as a log book, they are also a record of how I felt at the time and how I changed as a person through the trip be that for good or bad.

It wasn't all bad though as it gave me time to reflect, take stock and realise what i'm doing and why i'm doing it. Some of the diaries also came with bonus stickers so being an 8 year old at heart I used them to decorate my laptop

I kept up my blog throughout the trip too which served as a public record of my excursion. Infact I wrote 25 blog posts over the course of my time:

The Trip 2013 – Washington DC The Trip 2013 – Toronto The Trip 2013 – Chicago The Trip 2013 – North Carolina The Trip 2013 – LA to Mazatlan The Trip 2013 – Guadalajara to Mexico City The Trip 2013 – Oaxaca to Chichen Itza The Trip 2013 – Playa del Carmen to Tikal The Trip 2013 – El Ramate to Antigua The Trip 2013 – Copán to Roatán The Trip 2013 – Granada to Ometepe The Trip 2013 – Monte Verde to San Jose The Trip 2013 – San Jose to Puerto Viejo The Trip 2013 – Puerto Viejo to Panama City The Trip 2013 – Bogota to Medellin The Trip 2013 – Cartagena to Taganga The Trip 2013 – Tyrona to Bucaramanga Trip 2013 – Bucaramanga to Montanita The Trip 2013 – Montanita to Huaraz The Trip 2013 – Huaraz to Cusco The Trip 2013 – Cusco to La Paz The Trip 2013 – La Paz to Mercedes The Trip 2013 – Mercedes to Itacare The Trip 2013 – Itacare to Jericoacoara The Trip 2013 – Jericoacoara to Newport

** Photo Albums: 25** ** Photos Disk Space: 144 GB** ** Photos Taken: 11672** ** Photos that made the grade: 2571** ** Videos Recorded: 181**

I didn't hold back with the photos, I took A LOT. 11672 over 8.5 months is approximately one photo every half an hour. Im glad I did as I came away with some incredible visual memories from the trip

Infact I have so many good photos that its hard to pick out the standout ones

I think I will have to dedicate a whole nother post to this topic alone

** Days Spent Paragliding: 12** ** Paragliding Flights: 26** ** Paragliding Crashes: 1** ** Days Spent Kitesurfing: 6** ** Dune buggies ridden: 2** ** Days surfing: 7** ** Waves surfed: ~15** ** Bungee jumps: 1** ** ATVs Ridden: 1** ** Lines Zipped: 5** ** Mountain Bikes Ridden: 3** ** Scuba Dives: 7** ** Deepest Freedive: 21m** ** Longest Breath Hold: 3m 13s** ** Kayaks ridden: 1** ** Waterfalls Repelled: 6** ** Rafts ridden: 1** ** Mountains hiked: 3** ** Walls climbed: 2** ** Dunes boarded: 3** ** Skyscrapers absailed: 1**

I did as much as I can. Before I went out I told myself not to skimp on activities because who knew when I would get the chance to do them again.

All of these activities came at a cost however..

** Money Spent: £19184**

Yep it cost more than I was expecting (around 15k) but I stayed out there longer than I had originally planned and done far more activities than I had planned. I also didn't do it in the cheapest possible way by taking 4 guided tours with Trek America and GAdventures totalling 86 days out of my 251.

It was however a trip of a lifetime and as they say; you can't put a price on memories and so I wouldn't have done any of it any other way.

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** Handstands Popped: 18**