Back in December, The Economist’s Intelligent Life magazine posted an isochronic distances map crafted by John G. Bartholomew, cartographer royal to King George V. Published in Bartholomew’s 1914 book An Atlas of Economic Geography, the map demonstrated how long it took to get from London to anywhere in the world, from within five days to over 40 days.
The travel planning website Rome2rio recently gave the map a modern makeover. They used in-house tools and train and airplane routes to calculate how long it takes to get from London Heathrow to any station or airport in the world. Still not impressed? They even maintained the original aesthetic.
Clearly, the addition of air travel and improvement of trains has made traveling to places like Australia significantly easier, shortening the transit time to one-and-a-half days at max.
The Intelligent Life article also mentions an isochronic map created by Francis Galton in the 1870s (actually 1881). Shared by Reddit user neveroddoreven, the map demonstrates the impact of additions like the Trans-Siberian Railway (built from 1891 to 1916), facilitating travel throughout the Russian Empire—it’s quite odd to see that written on a 2016 map, along with the “Dominion of Canada.”
Feature image via MovieFanFare