Around the World in 80 Stories

By Maptia, Co-founder Team Share

We’re quietly chuffed to declare that since we launched Maptia last September, over 10 months of collective human time has been spent reading the stories crafted by our wonderful founding storytellers.

That roughly equates to 432,000 minutes—or more impressively, over 8 million nanocenturies—spent reading tales of hiking summits, hitting the open road, visiting magnificent world wonders, setting off on urban explorations, attending festive celebrations, and embarking on exotic culinary adventures. And what is perhaps more amazing is that our readers have so far hailed from 163 different countries around the world!

To mark the occasion, we have compiled a tremendous armchair adventure—a full circumnavigation of the globe taking you around the world in 80 stories. *Cue music* (trust us this is the perfect soundtrack).

This somewhat preposterous peregrination will start from the prime meridian. You shall head due east for a total of 360° of longitude—until arriving at the place you first started. Dip in at any longitude that takes your fancy, or bookmark this page and make your way around the whole world... Let the adventure begin!

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
— T.S. Eliot
 

 

0°E – Climbing Battersea Power Station

By Bradley Garrett · Battersea, London · Read this story on Maptia

 

2ºE – Springtime in Paris

By Simon Boardman · Paris · Read this story on Maptia

 

6ºE – Tradition & Innovation at Favarger Chocolate

By Kerrin Rousset · Geneva · Read this story on Maptia

 

7ºE – Wide-Open Silence

By Jonathan Reed · Beaufort, France · Read this story on Maptia

 

8ºE – A Sudden Revelation

By Miriam Rowley · Switzerland · Read this story on Maptia

 

9ºE – The Serendipity of Exploring Within

By Ryan Hess · Milan, Italy · Read this story on Maptia

 

12ºE – Femmes Africaines

By Patricia Mato-mora · Bengbis, Camerún · Read this story on Maptia

 

13ºE – Down in the Dungeons

By Stephanie Yoder · The Colosseum, Italy · Read this story on Maptia

 

17ºE – Cycling the Continent of Africa

By Dave and Deb · Africa · Read this story on Maptia

 

18ºE – Up Close & Personal in Masiphumelele Township

By Dan and Audrey Scott · Masiphumelele, South Africa · Read this story on Maptia

 

 

19ºE – The Changing Arctic

By Duncan Geere · Tarfala, Sweden · Read this story on Maptia

 

19ºE – Flames and Fantasy

By Janet Early · Namaqualand, South Africa · Read this story on Maptia

 

29ºE – Haunting Light of Hagia Sophia

By Sherry Ott ·  Hagia Sophia, Turkey · Read this story on Maptia

 

32ºE – Life Lessons from a Small Village

By Becky Dumas · Cyprus · Read this story on Maptia

 

33ºE – The Frozen Roof of Cyprus

By Mike Sowden · Troodos, Cyprus · Read this story on Maptia

 

36ºE – The Incredible Lost City of Petra

By Ken Kaminesky · Petra, Jordan · Read this story on Maptia

 

36ºE – Poem for a Rose-Tinted City

By Claire vd Heever · Petra, Jordan · Read this story on Maptia

 

37ºE – Conquering Kilimanjaro

By Samantha Phelan · Tanzania · Read this story on Maptia

 

47ºE – Views from the Ravenala Fronds

By Katie-Liz Thompson · Madagascar · Read this story on Maptia

 

58ºE – Palm Hearts and Piments

By Sarah Duff · Mauritus · Read this story on Maptia

 

 

71ºE – Highlights from the Pamir Highway

By Alex Gandy · Tajikistan · Read this story on Maptia

 

73ºE – Bombay In Bloom

By Candace Rose Rardon · Mumbai, India · Read this story on Maptia

 

74ºE – Beauty in the Breakdowns

By Kim Dinan · Rajasthan, India · Read this story on Maptia

 

76ºE – Behind the Façade in Kashgar

By David Noyes · Xinjianh, China · Read this story on Maptia

 

77ºE – The Leh-Manali Route, An Epic Journey

By Sandeepa and Chetan · Lower Keylong · Read this story on Maptia

 

77ºE – From the Himalayan Air

By Manuela Osorio Pineda · Manali, India · Read this story on Maptia

 

77ºE – Old Delhi Diaries

By Namita Azad · Delhi, India · Read this story on Maptia

 

78ºE – Holi in Mathura

By Phil Gribbon · Mathura, India · Read this story on Maptia

 

78ºE – Wide Opening Spaces of Ladakh

By Kelly Klein · Ladakh Range · Read this story on Maptia

 

78ºE – First Impressions of India

By Dane Johnson · Hyderabad · Read this story on Maptia

 

79ºE – Mountain of the Crescent Moon

By Yoav Bar-Ness · Chandrashila · Read this story on Maptia

 

83ºE – Life, Death, and the Whole Damn Hoopla

By Diane Caldwell · Varanasi · Read this story on Maptia

 

84ºE – Educate a Girl to Educate the World

By Daniel Perlaky · Nepal · Read this story on Maptia

 

87ºE – A Personal Everest

By Cindy Fan · Everest Base Camp · Read this story on Maptia

 

97ºE – Hospitality and a Lesson in Burmese Candy

By Shannon O'Donnell · Myanmar (Burma) · Read this story on Maptia

 

100ºE – Malaysia Truly Asia

By Petra Zehner · Penang, Malaysia · Read this story on Maptia

 

103ºE – Growing Old Comfortably

By Jeanet van Antwerpen · Yunnan, China · Read this story on Maptia

 

104ºE – Lost on the Roof of Indochina

By Marc Surchat · Lai Chau, Vietnam · Read this story on Maptia

 

104ºE – Angkor Wat on Two Wheels

By Anna Krahn · Angkor, Cambodia · Read this story on Maptia

 

107ºE – The Magic of Ha Long Bay

By Matt Evans · Vietnam · Read this story on Maptia

 

 

108ºE – The Secrets of Soup in Mui Ne

By Jodi Ettenberg · Phan Thiet, Vietnam · Read this story on Maptia

 

114ºE – Walking Mongolia to Hong Kong

By Leon McCarron · Asia · Read this story on Maptia

 

114ºE – It’s Like Coming Home in Hong Kong

By Henry Lee · Hong Kong · Read this story on Maptia

 

115ºE – The EXcrement factor of Kopi Luwak

By Stephanie Glaser · Indonesia · Read this story on Maptia

 

115ºE – Eating like a Cow in Bali

By Delia Monk · Indonesia · Read this story on Maptia

 

117ºE – Immensity of the Great Wall

By Trey Ratcliff · Huairou, China · Read this story on Maptia

 

136ºE – What I Love About Kyoto

By Pico Iyer · Japan · Read this story on Maptia

 

140ºE – The Penis Worshippers

By Michael Turtle · Kawasaki, Japan · Read this story on Maptia

 

141ºE – Snowflakes, Sake and Igloos

By Abigail King · Yokote, Japan · Read this story on Maptia

 

147ºE – The Wonder of the Great Barrier Reef

By Kiersten Rich · Australia · Read this story on Maptia

 

 

124ºW – Cycling the Lost Coast

By Tom Allan · California · Read this story on Maptia

 

123ºW – Vancouver to Vegas by Tandem

By Dave Cornthwaite · California · Read this story on Maptia

 

122ºW – On Human Kindness and Cookies

By Azmina Aboobaker · San Francisco · Read this story on Maptia

 

119ºW – Finding Love at Burning Man

By Suzanne Roberts · Black Rock City · Read this story on Maptia

 

116ºW – Dust, Drugs and Debauchery?

By Curtis Simmons · Black Rock City · Read this story on Maptia

 

115ºW – Through my Dad’s Eyes

By Rachel Kristensen · Alberta, Canada · Read this story on Maptia

 

106ºW – Road Trip Through the Rockies

By Tracy Zhang · Banff · Read this story on Maptia

 

90ºW – Road Trip through Ancestral Territory

By Alex Berger · Colorado · Read this story on Maptia

 

82ºW – The Scooter Diaries: Guatemala

By Gordon Bowman · Guatemala · Read this story on Maptia

 

79ºW – Disconnecting from Civilization

By Nadya Zim · Little Gasparilla Island · Read this story on Maptia

 

 

73ºW – The Quest for Fish

By Jonathan Lee · Panama · Read this story on Maptia

 

73ºW – Dwarfed by Towering Peaks

By Colin Henderson · Fitz Roy, Argentina · Read this story on Maptia

 

72ºW – Patagonia Wedding Adventure

By Toby Past · Torres Del Paine · Read this story on Maptia

 

72ºW – The Inka Trail Trek

By David and Lori Baxter · Peru · Read this story on Maptia

 

72ºW – Sunsets and Smog to Clinics and Compounds

By Danell Lynn · Haiti · Read this story on Maptia

 

71ºW – Lofty Ambitions of the Inca

By Heather Pringle · Cuzco · Read this story on Maptia

 

69ºW – Quebec City in Color

By Megan Eileen McDonough · Quebec · Read this story on Maptia

 

64ºW – Summit Day

By Dean Fischer · Mendoza, Argentina · Read this story on Maptia

 

63ºW – Worth Its Salt

By Dorothy Sanders · Bolivia · Read this story on Maptia

 

43ºW – In A Dream—Riding Brazil

By Allan Karl · Brazil · Read this story on Maptia

 

 

19ºW – Cidade Maravilhosa?

By Simon Buxton · Rio, Brazil · Read this story on Maptia

 

10ºW – Crossing Iceland: The River

By Alastair Humphreys · Iceland · Read this story on Maptia

 

4ºW – When I Knew I Could Go Home

By Collin Willox · Spain · Read this story on Maptia

 

4ºW – A Brush with Time in Granada

By Cheri Lucas · Grenada · Read this story on Maptia

 

3ºW – Northern Glory

By Jonny Miller · Thurso, Scotland · Read this story on Maptia

 

1ºW – Flying Closer To The Sun

By Ella Sanders · S. Nevada Mountains · Read this story on Maptia

 

1ºW – Ghana, By Plate

By Ozoz Sokoh · Ghana · Read this story on Maptia

 

1ºW – Running Away from Love

By Alessandra Rizzotti · Ghana · Read this story on Maptia

 

1ºW – Truffle Hunting: The Ultimate Forage

By Nick Weston · Sussex, UK · Read this story on Maptia

 

1ºW – Lost and Found in London

By Alanna Freeman · London · Read this story on Maptia

 

We hope that you enjoyed that little jaunt around the globe. Philip Pullman claimed that, after nourishment, shelter and companionship—stories are the thing we need most in the world and as we wrote in our illustrated launch post, we believe that narratives can transcend cultural and geographical borders, teaching us how the world can unfurl from a beginning other than our own.

Our journey to collect thoughtful stories from around the world on Maptia is only just getting started and in the next few months we will be sharing lots of exciting new improvements. Thank you to everyone for joining us on the adventure so far!

 

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Location Locarno, Switzerland