Wednesday, January 7, 2009
2008 in review: Travel
Last but not least, trips. I took a lot of them in 2008, and here are some numbers:
States visited (not counting layovers): 15 (IL, OK, NE, IA, CA, MO, KS, SC, NC, AK, ID, WA, OR, HI, NY)
New States: 5 (Nebraska, North Carolina, Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii)
I'm so pleased that I managed to get to Alaska and Hawaii in the same year.
States left before I get to 50: 7 (Louisiana, Maine, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Rhode Island)
With the exception of Louisiana and maybe Rhode Island, I'm getting down to states that people don't just flit off to for the weekend. Or maybe just states that it's harder to find a specific reason to visit. (Again, Louisiana excepted. It's odd I've never been to New Orleans.) We'll see what I can do in 2009.
Countries visited: 2 (Australia, New Zealand)
And both of those were new countries. Not only new countries, but a new continent! I don't have a "countries left to visit" number, but I still have 3 continents to go. I doubt I'll ever get to Antarctica, nor do I have any special desire to go there. But Africa and South America, yes. My goal for 2009 is at least one new country. A new country ... in Europe, let's say.