It’s the time of the year to make sure that all the expense claims are filed and see just how big a dent travelling made in life.
Looking back through the spreadsheet I use to track journeys and claims, it looks like the main difference between 2009 and 2008 is a further decrease in the number of nights spent in hotels.
- In total, I sped down a runway and took off 38 times in 2009. The vast majority of flights were with easyJet (22), with Flybe (6), Ryanair (6), bmibaby (4), but none with BMI - which might explain why they dropped me down to a silver card!
(2008 = 32; 2007 = 83; 2006 = 82; 2005 = 100)
- I spent 6 nights in 4 different hotels, only 1 night not for work.
(2008 = 18 nights in 9 hotels; 2007 = 65 nights in 10 hotels; 2006 = 51 nights in 18 hotels; 2005 = 64 nights)
- I’ve spent 40 days outside Northern Ireland, 23 of those days for work.
(2008 = 31; 2007 = 101; 2006 = 85; 2005 = 114)
You can look back to 2008, 2007, 2006 if you want to judge the size of my carbon footprint in more detail. Journeys that stand out this year include the one when the bmibaby booking system allocated Littl'un to a row all by herself, the one when the plane door wouldn't close, and witnessing DVT-beating aerobics on the ferry.