After years of deliberation, months of data wrangling and several reviews by family, I have finally finished version 1 of the jamesgeo well-travelled map. This map aims to answer the question “how well travelled am I?”. Unsurprisingly the answer is not very.
The map is made by taking every point that I’ve been to on the Earth’s surface and buffering by 100 km, without letting this cross any international borders, unless I did. I have chosen 100 km as I argue that culture, geography, geology etc changes significantly over about this distance.
In addition to recording my location, Google makes a stab at guessing what I was doing. Here’s an example:
The cyan colour is ‘inVehicle’, which looks pretty accurate. Google overestimates my level of commitment to cycling.
The Mercator Projection gets a lot of bad press for exaggerating the size of countries near the poles and shrinking Africa. In order to boost its much maligned reputation, I have set out to create a map that’s worse than a Mercator…
I took the worse property of Mercator – the fact that the horizontal scale varies so much with latitude (ie width of country is exaggerated near the poles), and made a map with only two pieces of information:
1) The width of each country in degrees.
2) The order of the countries, South to North