In December we published an historic ‘isochronic’ map that showed how long it would take someone to travel from London to various corners of the British Empire in 1914.
Today, a new heat map has been created in the same style, showing how the world has become an awful lot smaller.
Isochronic maps shows how far you can travel in a certain time Photo: Rome2Rio.com
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Charting how long it takes to reach even the most remote parts of the world, the 2016 map put together by Rome2Rio shows that very few places cannot be reached within 36 hours.
In 1914 it took the best part of 20 days to reach America’s west coast, or India, but today it takes just over 12 hours.
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The map shows that the whole of Europe can be accessed within half a day, and that only isolated parts of Greenland, Siberia, Africa and Australia cannot be reached within 36 hours.
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In1914, the boundaries of Europe were some five days away.
So, while we love to complain about air travel, spare a thought for our brethren a century ago, spending weeks on ships to reach somewhere we can get to in a day.
Of course, spending 40 nights reaching Australia is still possible, however, you’d be travelling on a luxury cruise liner, stopping off in the Canary Islands, and maybe a jaunt to South Africa.
The website behind the 2016 map analyses hundreds of thousands of bus, rail, ferry and flight routes to estimate the journey time between any two places in the world.
“Are we there yet?” Photo: RGS/Intelligent Life
Isochronic maps have been used for transportation planning from around the 1880s. Some of the earliest include the works of Britain’s Sir Francis Galton in 1881 and of Albrecht Penck, the German geographer who created isochronic maps for smaller areas of land as well as maps for different modes of transportation such as for railway travel.