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2 Amazing Maps Illustrate How Fast Travel Has Become In 100 Years

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | January 06, 2016

2 Amazing Maps Illustrate How Fast Travel Has Become In 100 Years

Image via Rome2Rio

What a difference a century makes when you are talking about the ease and speed of travel.

That very sentiment is presented in gorgeous, vivid color thanks to a couple of maps that will have you busy for a few moments, poring over what a transatlantic trip might warrant over 100 years ago.

Originating thanks to travel website Rome2Rio and covered by Gizmodo’s Jamie Condliffe, the following maps are a joy for anyone who has but a passing interest in either history or travel.

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The first is a map published a year ago that establishes the time it took for various ventures.

In the following 1914 map, for example, a trip from Europe to, say California, would hardly be a jaunt, mandating as little as 10 days or as many as 20.

You pretty much needed to be desperate to visit the west coast.

Image courtesy of Rome2rio (click to enlarge)

But things change.

The advent of affordable aviation cuts travel time dramatically and a trip around the globe takes but a matter of hours, though it may still seem like weeks.

Image courtesy of Rome2rio (click to enlarge)

As Gizmodo states, the maps show travel that begins in London, highlighting the amount of time it would take to leave this hub and flitter off to the corners of the world.

By 2016, things have improved to the point that a global journey doesn’t have to take the better part of a couple months.

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Now a great many trips can take place in just under a day. However, there are locations peppered around the globe that will mandate you dedicate a day and a half to get there from London.

We will go ahead and assume that by the next century travel will be but the work of mere moments. 


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