|The best way to sum up this year's Sleeping Around data, my annual dive into an attempt at comprehending my life through looking at where I lay my head, might be "as much as things change, they stay the same." Besides a few percentage points here and there, this year and last year look almost the same. But just because things look almost the same doesn't mean they don't warrant a closer look.
Housesitting is up; that's good. As our circus business grows, housesitting represents a less critical financial piece, but it is still a prominent part of our life that I would not like to see fade away. Travel is down; that's bad. Both overall and the two most interesting types of travel, international and domestic, are not nearly as high as I would like. After two years with no nights in a tent, we got 2, internationally no less. At Home percentage is spot on to the 10-year average, which I find oddly amusing.
Other interesting stats from the year:
|# of housesitting houses||13||4 new "clients"|
|# of states (other than WA)||5||OR, NY, CT, UT, NV (fewest ever?)|
|# of countries (other than US)||1 :-(||Mexico|
|Longest stretch at home||7|
|Longest stretch away from home||70||Just sleeping away from home. I passed through much more frequently.|
|# in car||22||Hotel Toyota|
|# in hotel/hostel||24||For work and play|
As always, I'm excited to see what the next year will hold. We've got a big international trip planned, some changes in the housesitting landscape, and as always, the possibility for the unseen. Life is fun. Looking at it through the lens of data is fun too!