Sunday, May 11, 2014

Map shows how the world has shrunk for travellers: 1914 vs 2016

A 2016 version of a 1914 heat map showing travel times to distant countries illustrates how travel times have changed in 100 years.

Charting how long it takes to reach even the most remote parts of the world, the 2016 map 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.

In1914, the boundaries of Europe were some five days away. In 2016, ,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.

Travel times from London compared
1914: 1 day
2016: 1 hour 15 minutes

1914: 5 days
2016: 2 hours 40 minutes

New York
1914: 8 days
2016: 8 hours

1914: 20 days
2016: 11 hours

1914: 34 days
2016: 22 hours