The travel map of my family

I mentioned a while ago the travel opportunities I’ve been fortunate enough to have. It made me curious about the rest of my family, too, so when my parents were here for Thanksgiving, I sat down with them, my brother, and my sister-in-law, and made up several maps. Check below the cut to see where we’ve gone.

Edit: the maps may not load in all browsers. I can’t see them in Firefox, but they show up in IE.


First, the map for myself and kniedzw:

<looks at map> Man, I need to go to more geographically large countries. You can’t even see some of the places I’ve been, there.

Now, my brother and his wife:

See? It’s amazing, what a visual difference Russia and China make.

And now, my parents, who kind of have a head start on us:

My father has traveled a lot for work, which explains a lot of that, from two directions: either he went to a country for business purposes, or (after a while) he racked up enough frequent flier miles doing so that he and my mother were able to get tickets to new places.

Finally, the combined map:

Which is mostly just my parents’ map, with a few additions (India, Laos, Vietnam, Spain, Costa Rica, Mongolia — maybe a couple of others). I find it funny that none of us have been to Mississippi; it’s the only state we’ve collectively missed. And obviously we are seriously lacking when it comes to the southern hemisphere. But all in all, it’s a pretty respectable spread.

0 Responses to “The travel map of my family”

  1. kurayami_hime

    I’ve been to Mississippi. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • thespisgeoff

      I’ve been to Mississippi. But only for fabric shopping. Within sight of the casino.

    • Marie Brennan

      Woot! If I could edit the maps, I would.

      I’m trying to think if you’ve hit any countries not already covered by somebody else (likely my parents).

      • kurayami_hime

        The Dominican Republic and St. Lucia in the Caribbean and Abu Dhabi and Oman in the Middle East. Oman might not count, though, as we mostly just ran around in the mountains for about half an hour before we drove back to the Emirates we shouldn’t have left in the first place.

        • Marie Brennan

          I didn’t know you’d been to Oman! (Which sort of proves your point there.) Or the Dominican Republic. I should have remembered St. Lucia, though, and Abu Dhabi.

          Everything I was thinking of for you was in Asia, which between my parents and my brother, they’ve covered a fair bit.

          • kurayami_hime

            All of that was pre-Japan, so I can see why they might not have sprung to mind. The Dominican Republic was over New Year’s in 2000. Oman was part of the “drive through all the Emirates and randomly through the desert” adventure day.

            And on the Asia side of things, I’ve also been to Singapore.

  2. Anonymous

    I find it a little ridiculous that the US gets divided into states, but Russia doesn’t get divided into provinces. Moscow is, like, really far away from Kamchatka, and it’s kind of silly that visiting one lets you color the other.

    None of you have ever been to Romania :).

    • Marie Brennan

      I picked this particular site because its map divided up the most countries; you have the option of individually selecting U.S. states, Canadian provinces, UK territories, and Australian territories. But it doesn’t do that for any non-Anglophone countries — no Indian or Brazilian states, and as you say, no Russian (or Chinese) provinces.

      However, as my brother has gone from Mongolia to Moscow, I’ll grant him that he deserves more than most to color in the whole of Russia. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. tiamat360

    I’ve been to Poland! Oh, and Manitoba :P.

    …yeah other than that my international travel’s pretty minor in comparison.

    • Marie Brennan

      I was glad the map allowed me to divide up Canada; otherwise I probably wouldn’t have counted it as a place I’ve been to. I’ve only jaunted across the border into Ontario, briefly enough that it barely counts.

  4. mrissa

    They’re not loading for me.

    I’ve been to Mississippi, of course; Grandpa and I went to 49 of the states together before he died. My main memory of Mississippi is sitting on the hood of Grandpa’s Buick to avoid getting eaten alive by fire ants while we watched the 4th of July fireworks in Vicksburg. I wouldn’t trade it, but I also wouldn’t recommend attempting to replicate it.

    • Marie Brennan

      I suspect it’s a browser thing. They aren’t loading for me, either, only I forgot to delete this post in annoyance; if I look in IE, they turn out to load just fine.

      Fire ants: yeeks. Yeah, I understand treasuring the memory, but that’s not something you really want to do again.

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