Other than the U.S., I have been to Canada, though mostly in Ontario, which is not crazy far from the east coast of the United States.
The summer after I graduated from high school, though, my family drove to Banff, Canada, which is an insanely long drive. So, that feels like the furthest I’ve traveled from home, only because it was so, so, so many miles in the car! I wrote about that trip here, and added some very old photos of me.
I’m guessing some of my trips to California have been the furthest from my home, mileage-wise. I live on the east coast and California is about as far away as you can get from there while still being in the United States.
I’ve flown into L.A. twice with Mr. FG and between the two trips, I’ve been as far south as Laguna Beach and as far north as San Francisco, so I’ve covered a lot of the coast of California.
I’ve also been skiing a few times at Lake Tahoe, but that is not quite as far from home as the coast of California.
Anyway, one day I’d like to visit Europe, and if that ever happens, that will most definitely be the furthest I’ve ever been from home!
I just had to check the distance between Frankfurt (my nearest airport) and some destinations I have been to. Apparently La Paz in Bolivia is the furthest I have been to, it is over 10,000 kilometers from Frankfurt.
When I was ten years old, my parents sent me (alone*) to France to visit the family of an exchange student who had stayed with us for a month that year. Looking back, I think they were insane–they had never met the parents, just written letters back and forth. Pretty sure that was one of my farthest trips.
For our honeymoon, we traveled to Ireland, but that’s a wee bit closer to the States than France!
*their explanation as to why they didn’t come with me: the invitation from the French family was “just for me” and they weren’t invited. Yes, I was miserably homesick, having never been away from my family, ever, before!
Oh wow. I don’t think I’d be brave enough to send a ten year old overseas!
kristin @ going country says
Norway, for a soccer tournament when I was in 8th grade. I remember very little about that trip, though. Travel just doesn’t seem to produce the indelible memories for me that it does for other people, which is weird. My husband and I drove around Northern Spain for a couple of weeks about fifteen years ago, and he is continually amazed that I don’t remember as much as he does about that. My theory is that travel causes me to be continually over-stimulated at all times, so it’s just an overload that I can’t process.
getting there says
I live in Newfoundland, Canada. My initial thought was that Ireland was the furthest I’ve been to. It turns out that Las Vegas is the furthest destination I’ve visited. Newfoundland is geographically closer to Ireland than a good chunk of North America. In fact, anything west of Winnipeg, MB / Fargo, ND is further away.
Fun fact: There are a couple of islands (St. Pierre et Miquelon) just off the south coast of Newfoundland that is actually part of France. It takes just under an hour to get there. You a need a passport, the currency is Euros, they have the 230V electricity as in the rest of Europe. They drive on the other side of the road.
Viktoria Sacker says
I went to Israel several years ago; I fell in love with the entire country! SO anxious to return and see more. My husband had spent three weeks there when he was much younger and wanted me to experience Israel, so there are places he saw that I didn’t go to. Now, it is on our bucket list to go together.
Ireland! I had always dreamed of going and a few years ago, my daughter and son-in-law surprised me for Christmas with a trip to Ireland! We went at the end of March and it was the best trip ever!
Joanne have n the U.K. says
I just checked on maps abd the furthest I’ve travelled it to Pattaya Beach in Thailand which is 6,042 miles from me in England, as the crow flies!! A wonderful holiday, beautiful scenery and amazing people, it was in 1989 so a long time ago now but I remember it vividly.
I had to Google distances to see. Straight miles, not driving or even flying, the farthest I’ve been is Montreal in Quebec, Canada, 1240 miles. Next is Panajachel, Guatemala, at 1211 miles, so pretty close. I’ve only been as far west as Kansas and as far east as the east coast of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, so apparently, I only travel north and south, like a migrating bird.
Ruth T says
Hong Kong to visit my in-laws a few years ago. Though I’m from Michigan, we flew out of Chicago instead of Detroit so we could have a non-stop flight. Then our flight was only (ha) 16 hours and we saved about $2,000 on our tickets. The biggest surprise to me about the flight was that we flew north to go up and over instead of flying west. Since HK is 12 time zones away, I’m pretty sure it will always be the farthest I’ve traveled from home.
Sarah G (UK) says
I guess that would be Australia, as I live in London. Although Chile was a looong journey as well.
I live in Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada which is close to the geographical centre of North America.
My husband and I lived in Düsseldorf, West Germany and The Hague in the Netherlands. We travelled throughout Europe and the British Isles going to the northern most part of Scotland and Berlin
I have been to East Africa travelling in Kenya and Tanzania. Zanzibar off the coast is probably the furthest point.
I’ve also been to Hawaii so I guess that is the most western spot busted.
Visited not busted??
East Berlin was the farthest east in Europe.
I’ve been to the Saudi Arabia national park near the border with Yemen, traveled to HongKong and Korea, climbed Nemrut Dag ( mountain) in eastern Turkey, traveled in putt-putt canoes on the Amazon (seemed very far re our transportation mode and the primitive areas) traveled from Denmark to Seattle via the polar route. Unfortunately my map with all the distances got thrown out. Anyway-lots of miles and far away from home. My siblings say I’ve fulfilled middle child character traits. I’m hoping travel time will be back in my not so distant future.
Gotta check some mileages, but it must be either Key West drive) from northern Illinois, or Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands on a cruise. Both were GREAT. I love to travel! Arthritis is trying to stop me, but I’m not ready to stop!
I live in the UK. My furthest trip was Vancouver, BC, when I was 15. It was about a 10 hour flight. That was the furthest west I’ve ever been.
Furthest east is Cyprus, just off the coast of Turkey. Furthest south was the Cape Verde islands, off the coast of Senegal.
Furthest north is very impressive: Stirling, in Scotland.
Kristen, California is not as far as you can get from the east coast—you can keep driving north and end up in Alaska! And the Alaska-Canadian Highway is an amazing experience. We’ve done it over 20 times now, round trip, in the last 40 or so years and still love it.
Alaska to Mongolia to Alaska. Flew to Japan, took a boat from Japan to western USSR, took the Trans Siberian train down into Mongolia. Stayed there for a bit and then back on the Trans Siberian to the edge of Russia and then a train to Finland and then flew home. This was all before 1980, so no cell or internet, and the Soviets were not welcoming to individuals travelling alone, only in groups, so they made it hard to get around (like taxis would not pick you up if you looked like a lone American, since to do so would end up with the drivers being interrogated…) My paternal grandparents and aunt were still alive then and I was blocked from visiting them. There were no advertising billboards, even in the more metropolitan cities of Moscow, and foods in the markets were scarce. I never admitted to knowing the language, just acted like an American who spoke only English, so it was interesting what I would hear them say about me and the U.S. (One of the more common things: “Those Americans are so wild and spoiled. What they need is a good dictator.”) They were almost 100% perfect at being able to distinguish Americans from Canadians or Brits.
I think the furthest I’ve traveled is from Atlanta, Georgia to Tbilisi, Georgia (where I lived for a year in 2018). It’s approximately 6000 miles. And if you ever decide to go to Europe, Georgia is a beautiful country with such a rich history, but not many people in the United States are even aware of it. It’s also very inexpensive!