The trouble with using a web application to generate a map of where we’ve been is that it tends to fill in colours of the whole country or state that we’ve travelled to, or through – customised to light brown in this example – even if we haven’t really covered that much territory on the planet itself.
Of the 120 countries or so that I’ve visited, some were really only border regions so the map of my travels does look a lot more impressive than it really is.
A cities visited map gives a much better indication of where we’ve really been to, but it takes so much longer to click on all the place names; so long, that I haven’t found the time to complete mine. I guess I never will; there’s just too many cities I’ve visited, in almost half a century of travel.
Then there’s the question of how much we can actually remember of the places we’ve visited and how much has been clouded by the passing of time.
Thankfully I always kept travel notes on my voyage of discovery and used a camera to caputre images of the places I visited; although much of the material still has to be digitalised.
Even all the postcards I used to send home, when hitch-hiking around Europe as a teenager, help me remember the good times on the road and bring the places back to life; although my handwriting wasn’t always at its best.
Something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time is to better curate my travels. People often ask me how I managed to visit so many countries and I’ve even surprised myself at how much they’ve all added up over time.
I’ve always been interested in maps, I guess, and when I travel somewhere I prefer doing as much as possible overland; to better help me appreciate the geography of the place.
I am a frequent traveller, but by no means a frequent flyer. I’m much more comfortable in a train station than an airport; even service stations are more refreshing.
This page will be used as something of an index as I attempt to look back and map out where I’ve been on my travels, and maybe even inspire you to visit somewhere new.
Feel free to share where you’ve been or where you’d like to visit in the comments.
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