On Thursday January 6, 2011, I returned from my Christmas vacation from Los Angeles to New Jersey and points south. Here are some trip stats:
Days gone: 20
Time spent driving: 94 hours (or about the equivalent of 4 solid 24 hour days). Since we were actually only driving an average of 8-12 hours per day, the driving was spread over about 9 days.
Miles traveled: 6059 --This was the total actual miles traveled from home departure to our return. We drove less than 200 additional miles of driving in the places where we were since most of our time at our various destinations was spent just hanging out with family. There was another 200 or less miles of riding with others who were driving us around to other places. For the most part we were pretty content on being housebound when we weren't driving.
States Visited: We passed through 20 states, but only actually stayed in 9.
Motels Stayed In: 10 nights in 7 different motels at a total cost of $454.60. All motels were Marriott, Radisson, or Best Western properties with 3 nights "free" due to redemption of points.
Highway Tolls: At least $40--I didn't get receipts for all of them and lost track of the precise amount.
Restaurant Meals: ???? -- We ate in many restaurants during the trip. I won't venture to even add them up, but I'll estimate that we splurged about $600 on food during the trip. There was a lot of fast food, but several quite nice restaurants as well.
CDs Listened To While Driving: 67-- I like to have a soundtrack going to accompany my driving. I brought an array of listening ranging from Vivaldi to Eels to K.T. Oslin to Manhattan Transfer and on and on. I would start the day with something classical and then a mix after that. We drove all Christmas Day and listened to Christmas music the entire time. We actually had 86 CDs with us, but since we also listened to the radio some and had some quiet drive time we didn't make it through all of the CDs we brought with us. I love listening to music while driving.
Amount of Fun: A whole bunch!
This gives you a rough idea of what it might cost two people to make a lengthy cross country trip. Certainly it can be done much less expensively, but I think we were in line with a certain element of frugality without being absolutely Spartan about it. I highly recommend a road trip of this nature if you don't mind the hours in the car and the time away from home. If you get the opportunity, go for it!
I noticed that some of the WordPress blogs that I follow had received an assessment of "Blog Health" with an assortment of statistics and the blog owners posted their reports.
In the past I have tried to make some sense of my Google Analytics reports, but have never really gotten overly serious about it. When I changed my blog page template my Google Analytics stopped working and I just ignored it. I notice now that on the Dashboard page there is a tab labeled "Blog Stats" that seems to provide the same information as Analytics did. Someday I really need to study this and make some sense of it all.
Have any of you studied your blog stats and made sense of them? What conclusions have you come to from the information that is provided? Where is the best place to go to find out more about how to interpret blog stats and put them to work?