World Travel Maps

World Travel Maps Robinson Projection

A ‘Robinson Projection’ world map  by Strebe, with some assistance from bugbog world travel maps department.

Ironically the centre of the world according to this map is more-or-less São Tomé and Príncipe, a tiny African island close to the equator that practically no tourist has visited, including our globe-trotting selves, tho’ we did get close when we climbed through the Democratic Republic of Congo’s rainforest to meet a family of Mountain Gorillas.

São Tomé and Príncipe, being volcanic and equatorial offers some attractive rock formations, rainforest and natural beaches (meaning loaded with flotsam and jetsam but missing out on sun loungers, watersports and fruity cocktails.

Travel maps: a few facts

Also known as Earth, Gaia, and variations on Terra, the world is 4.5 billion years old, give or take a few weeks, and the earliest life form on it is at least 3.5 billion years old, almost as old as Mel Brooks.

Over 99% of all species of life on this world are extinct, with Lowland Gorillas, Black Rhinos, Iberian Lynxes and Mel Brooks next in line for a lingering goodbye thanks to us 7.3 billion humans and our greedy expansion and development.

The world rotates at about 1000 miles per hour (1600 km/hr), in other words that’s the speed YOU are moving at right now at your desk/on your sofa/on your iPad after a jog during which you might have run at a pathetic 6 mph.

Why not just lie back, eat chocolate, watch youtube videos and still move almost as fast? p.s. Because gravity holds you onto the surface of this planet, you’re moving with the Earth and don’t notice its spin speed.

Our world is 93, 500,000 miles (149,600,000 kms ) away from the Sun except for Northern Ireland which is a lot further away. Well that’s what shivering, dripping locals claim.

The circumference of Earth at the equator is around 24,902 miles (40,075 km), but from pole-to-pole slightly more, with seventy-one percent of the world’s surface covered by water – a unique feature in the Solar System – though polar regions are mostly frozen into ice.

Mount Everest is the highest place in the world above sea level, at 29,028 feet (8,848 meters), while the lowest point is the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean which drops to 36,200 feet (11,034 meters) below sea level.

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Some weird old travel maps

A flat Earth map Orlando Ferguson in 1893, Travel Maps

A map of the world as drawn in 1893 by Professor Orlando Ferguson (that’s him middle left).

This flat-Earth map drawn by Orlando Ferguson references the Bible and ‘Condemns the Globe Theory, or the Flying Earth, and None Sustain It’. Apparently this map ‘Knocks the Globe Theory Clean Out. It will Teach You How to Foretell Eclipses. It is Worth Its Weight in Gold’. Sadly the map is out of print so you will not be able to reward the Prof for his stellar knowledge and divine labour.

Travel Maps: an Ancient Hindu vision of the world balanced on elephants standing on a giant turtle

An ancient Hindu vision of the world balanced on elephants standing on a giant turtle

If you thought that Professor Orlando Ferguson was a bit odd then how about this ancient Hindu map of the world we live on, copied from some unknown manuscript in 1876? Interestingly the late lamented English author Terry Pratchett wrote a series of clever comic fantasies set on a fictional Discworld, a flat disc balanced on the backs of four elephants which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle, Great A’Tuin. Well I think we now know where that construct came from!

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