4 Months by the Numbers

On April 21 we drove away from our home in Chattanooga, TN and embarked on this journey around the world. Now today on August 21 we are a different family. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve wanted to kill each other at times. We’ve hiked to the tops of mountains to see gorgeous views. We’ve walked through the underbelly of ancient cities and experienced the grittier side of life. We’ve enjoyed amazing weather while relaxing on beautiful beaches. We’ve been stressed out in the car while lost and running out of gas. We had some things work out perfectly, and others…not so much.

It’s been a learning experience for all of us every step of the way. To say this nomadic lifestyle is constantly fun and exhilarating would be a big fat lie. Sometimes it’s mundane and downright irritating. While we’re seeing some amazing places and learning about the world with each day during this trip, we’re also missing social connections and struggling at times with the uncertainty of the cultural differences and language barriers we encounter.

The good and the bad, we wouldn’t change a thing. This trip is proving to be the best decision we’ve ever made, short of getting married and having our kids. It’s changing all of us in ways we can’t articulate and really don’t fully understand yet. What we can speak to are the stats of all this. While this adventure has come to feel quite normal, writing it all out like this underscores how very abnormal it actually is.

Countries visited: 11

  • United States
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Andorra
  • France
  • Italy
  • Slovenia
  • Croatia
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Czech Republic

Modes of transportation: 9

  • Airplane  – 2 flights
  • Rental car – U.S., Norway, Andorra and our long term rental from France
  • Subway – NYC, Oslo, Barcelona, Prague
  • Tram – Prague
  • Train – Norway, Italy
  • Ferry – Norway
  • Motor boat – Croatia
  • Row boat – Austria
  • Ski lift – Austria
  • Feet (LOTS of feet) – Everywhere

Accommodations: 23

  • Hotel in Bowling Green, KY
  • Homes of family and friends – 6 throughout the Midwest
  • Hotel in New York
  • Apartment in Oslo, Norway
  • Hotel in Stavanger, Norway
  • Apartment of family in Andorra
  • Hotel in Tavertet, Spain
  • Apartment of friends in Andorra
  • Apartment in Nimes, France
  • Hotel in Genoa, Italy
  • Apartment in Monterossa, Italy
  • Apartment in Venice, Italy
  • Apartment in Labin, Croatia
  • Apartment in Makarska, Croatia
  • Apartment in Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Hostel in Burghausen, Germany
  • Hotel in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria
  • Apartment in Prague, Czech Republic

Currencies: 5

  • $ – U.S. Dollar
  • kr – Norwegian Kroner
  • € – Euro
  • kn – Croatian Kuna
  • Kč – Czech Koruna

Distance driven:  10,536 km / 6,217 miles

  • U.S. car – 3,120 km
  • Norway rental car – 723 km
  • Spain rental car – 445 km
  • Long term rental car – 6,248 km

Distance flown: 8,071 km / 4,843 miles

  • New York, New York to Oslo, Norway – 6,122 km
  • Stavanger, Norway to Barcelona, Spain – 1,949 km

Photos taken by Brian: 14,080

US MapEurope MapOur little canons in CroatiaTracey in SpainA familiar sight - Brian getting beerNorway rental car, Skoda

About the Author

Tracey Carisch

Mom, wife, friend and change agent traveling the world with my family to learn our place in it. After spending a career in organizational change management and community initiative implementation, I put my career on hold for our family's trip around the world. In April of 2014 we sold almost everything we own, put the rest in a storage container, and departed on this journey. While my husband continued his software development work to financially support our trip, I planned and documented our adventure, homeschooled our three daughters, and found volunteer work opportunities for us to do in the communities we visit. Now that we've returned to the U.S., I'm completing book about our family's adventure and our lessons learned.

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  1. I love lists/stats, it helps me realize what you are confronting (experiencing) in your travels. I would love to be with you and the good/bad easy/hard, work/play, struggling with language/communicating with locals, etc. Thanks for at least making me feel like I am there with each of you when I read your blog. When you return you will reconnect socally in a deeper more loving way because of your trip.
    Love it, love you! Make a family circle and dance for me…right now, I mean it.

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