Travel Before Flight

It’s hard to understand how commercial air travel has changed things until you see maps like this that show how long it took to travel from place to place.

This map is just 100 years old, yet look how long it took to go from London to anyplace beyond Europe.  Any trip outside Europe and maybe the east coast of the US was a serious voyage and one wouldn’t undertake it unless one expected to spend months and perhaps years at their destinations.  There is a reason that steamer trunks are so large. You weren’t packing for an overnight, you packing for living at the other end.


  1. penneyvanderbilt · December 15, 2015

    Reblogged this on Ancien Hippie.


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  3. brad · December 17, 2015

    An amazing map, but the fact is, although travel times have changed incredibly in the last 100 years, they have hardly changed at all in the last 50.

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  4. Hans Pew · December 17, 2015

    And the people of 1914 looked at this map and were amazed at how quickly they could get to all these places.


    • Doug Wenzel · December 17, 2015

      Just 50 years earlier, in the age of sail, and before the Suez Canal and transcontinental railroads, not only would the journey times be much longer, but the map would have a far different shape, as sailing times depended on the prevailing winds, so that transit times differed substantially depending on which direction you were traveling.


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