Over 2000 years ago, the Babylonians carved their world into the Imago Mundi map of stone. In 1499, Juan de la Cosa risked his life to map out the Americas. And in early 2013 I zoomed into the annals of cartographic history by publishing my own blogtastic map.
Yes, that’s right, ladies and gentlemen. Where sharp minds and brave souls studied, calculated and threw their bodies onto the pyre of exploration in the quest for human knowledge and the desire to save thousands upon thousands of lives by charting the coasts and curves, the longitude and latitude, the, er, ups and the downs of this place we call earth, I too have joined the party. By putting my blog posts onto a kind of Google Map.
That’s right. I can tell you’re excited.
Ah, OK, so it’s only me then. (But look! If you click on a marker you can read the posts relevant to that place! How cool is that?!! It’s giving sliced bread a run for its money, that is!)
And like all great mapperly masterpieces, it’s something of a work in progress. I’ll obviously be adding to it as I travel more and write more but I’ll also be sloshing back through the archives, gathering up waifs and strays, scrubbing them up and giving them a good home and a set of coordinates on this here Inside the Travel Lab map.
Make yourselves at home, click around and explore.
And if by some unimaginable calamity you cannot see the awesome map of which we speak because you’re reading this on some code-stripping, joy-sucking feed-reading e-device then stop for a moment and treat yourself. Click on the this link and zip around the world through words and pictures.
I could do this all day. Sigh…
Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on www.insidethetravellab.com