Farewell from a light year…

Over the last year, our Light Year:

  • We visited 25 countries
  • We slept in  64 different beds
  • We used 16 airlines
  • We passed through 33 airports

To get around we took:

  • 28 Airplanes,
  • Over 75 Trains (at least half of them in Japan!)
  • 21 Buses
  • 15 Boats
  • 16 Cars
  • 2 Trams
  • 32 Taxis
  • 1 Gondola
  • 13 Subways
  • 32 Ubers
  • 1 Grab taxi
  • 4 Cable Cars
  • 1 Campervan
  • 1 CycloRickshaw
  • 26 Tuk tuks
  • 2 Jeeps
  • 2 Monorails
  • 5 Collectivos
  • 3 Bicycles
  • 1 Golf cart
  • and 2 motorized teddy bears 🙂

For those interested, we spent CAD$22,700 on flights, and approx. CAD$65,000 for the rest. We just about kept to our budget as follows:

  • Accommodation: CAD$100 / night on average
  • Food: CAD$50 / day on average
  • Activities: CAD$50 / day on average
  • Local transport: CAD$25 / day on average

The most expensive countries were: Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Qatar, Argentina. Here we spent a bit more than our budget. The cheapest countries were: Thailand, South Africa, Namibia, Sri Lanka, U.K. (cheap accommodation!), Malaysia, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Indonesia, where we under-spent the budget, so it about evened out to the amounts above. Our accommodation standard was about 3-star equivalent, with a few exceptions on either side of the scale, usually for a single night or two. For getting around, Uber works pretty well in most big cities, with a few exceptions: Bali (due to taxi mafia), Cusco, Mexico City (beware surge pricing, and crooked drivers who “forget” to end the trip when they drop you off).

  • And we made 29 Double Trouble Travels movies. Here is the series finale, Greg & Nina around the world:

Thanks for having traveled with us! See you soon!

Sophie, Gary, Gregory & Nina


The Lord of the Rings in New Zealand

New Zealand has been on our itinerary since the very beginning. Gregory, being a huge Tolkien fan, really wanted to come and see where The Hobbit series was filmed. Given that we had ample cast members, friends who had come half way around the world to visit us (the best kind of friends!), we could not resist the temptation to film our own adaptation of the Lord of the Rings down under. And so, it gives us pleasure to present to you some of the magnificent landscapes we visited in: The Lord of the Rings in New Zealand.