I like numbers and statistics. They provide an interesting view into events, habits, and situations.
As 2016 was coming to an end, I started to wonder how many days we’d been abroad during our first year as digital nomads. Once I’d figured out the answer, I began to crunch even more numbers. Here are the results!
Winter vs. Summer
One of our main reasons for restructuring our lives to become location independent was to avoid the Swedish winter. Well, winter in general. I think we did pretty well!
I went a step further and calculated that for only 37 days did we experience daytime temperatures below 16°C (60°F). Winning!
Home vs. Abroad
In 2016, we were away from Sweden for a whopping 214 days.
That means we spent 152 days on home turf last year. Here’s the breakdown of when:
- 8 days in January (before we left to test nomad life in the Canaries)
- 58 days in April and May (during which I handed in my notice and subsequently quit my desk job)
- 72 days June through August (the best time of the year to be in Sweden)
- 14 days in December (home for the holidays).
We set foot in nine countries.
Here’s the breakdown of days:
- Sweden: 152
- Spain: 136
- Netherlands: 51
- U.S: 22
- England: 5
I managed to sit on 19 airplanes and visit 14 different airports. That’s one flight every 20 days.
Here they are in order of travel (how well do you know your airport codes?):
The number of ridiculously cool and talented people we met and made friends with are MANY. They are what made our nomading experience truly memorable and meaningful.
Here are a few of them (and the countries from which they originally hail). Check them out! You just might find the help you need, a future collaborator, or a like-minded individual in what they do.
- Aoife Reaper-Reynolds (Ireland) – copy writer, event organizer, and runs her own retreats on well being
- Peter McDonagh (Ireland) – freelance designer and developer
- Lien De Pau (Belgium) – entrepreneur, digital nomad, and soon published book author
- Sebastian Ruiz (Canaries) – founder of Hub Fuerteventura coworking space
- Andrei Mihailov (Russia) – programmer and app creator
- Nina Tuma & Simon Ewers (Sweden) – the duo behind digital consultancy Dleg8
- Xenia Schwaller (Switzerland) – nomadic translator turning German and English into French
- Peter Schagen (Netherlands) – filmographer
- Andreea Bercu (Netherlands) – a keen eye for interior design
- Dorien (Netherlands) – freelance writer and blogger behind This is Haarlem
- Evangelos Sismanidis (Germany) – creator of the AdventApp (create a personalized Advent calendar and send to friends)
- Paul Kelly (Ireland) – blogger and writer on mastering Excel VBA
- Graham McCulloch (England) – software developer who’s biked across America
- Daniel Heitz (Germany) – the brains behind Nomad Train (ride the Trans-Siberian Railway with digital nomads), Urban Challenger app, and Gratefulfororg on Instagram
- Maria Sirotkina (Russia) – founder of Restation coworking/coliving.
Top Three Blog Posts
- My Journey From Desk Job to Remote Freelancer
- Relationships: Pros and Cons of Nomadism
- Packing for Four Months
Are there any numbers that you’re curious about? Leave a comment and I’ll see if I can answer them!