I earned a United voucher from a trip I booked on another United voucher, but I finally broke that trend by taking United’s first flight between Columbus, Ohio and Portland, Maine.
I organized my driving logs into a single KML file and wrote a script to automatically import GPS data.
Using a gravity metaphor, I calculated the U.S. cities with the most attraction from my hometown based on population and distance.
On average, I’m furthest from home in mid-February each year.
Paul’s travel statistics for 2020. For obvious reasons, travel has been substantially lower than in recent years.
My job has had me fly a few times since COVID-19 restrictions started, and it’s an odd experience.
Ever since I learned how to make heatmaps, I’ve wanted to track everywhere I go within a city I’m visiting on a given trip. I did so this weekend for a Cincinnati staycation.
The geocaching game Ingress has been a great way to explore new cities when traveling, and it gave me the opportunity to create some maps as well.
Playing around with county parcel data to create maps of questionable usefulness.
A map showing the progression of ZIP Codes throughout the contiguous United States.
This tutorial will teach you how to use QGIS to generate a map image from GPX track data.
I combined a word cloud with a graph to show both how often each word appeared in song lyrics, and which words followed which other words.
uMap is a website which allows you to import GPX data and overlay it on an OpenStreetMap layer. This tutorial will teach you how to view GPX-formatted GPS data in uMap.
Google Earth is a map viewer that provides an easy way to view GPS data files. This tutorial will teach you how to view GPX-formatted GPS data in Google Earth.
This tutorial will teach you how to use an iOS device to log GPS data and export it to a GPX file (which can then be used by mapping software).
GPX and KML are both file types used to store GPS data. This tutorial will teach you how to convert between GPX and KML (in both directions) using GPS Visualizer.
This tutorial will teach you how to record route data on a Garmin automotive GPS and extract it into a GPX file (which can then be used by mapping software).
For my 2010s Decade in Travel post, I manually created a heatmap showing the parts of the United States and world where I’d spent the most time traveling. Since I’ve been playing around with QGIS recently, I went ahead and used it to create a proper heatmap of my travels.
While I’m fortunate that my health and finances have both been well during the COVID-19 crisis, this has been the longest time I’ve been home for this long since I started traveling for work in 2009. I created a chart and some statistics about this time spent at home.
Map of U.S. airports with or without a gate 13.
Paul’s maps, charts, and other travel statistics for the entire decade of the 2010s.
Paul’s travel statistics for 2019.
How to use Ruby to create GPX and KML map data files.
This past week, I took a trip to Tokyo via Dallas/Fort Worth. Since I just completed my Tokyo Narita terminal silhouette yesterday, I used it to create a size comparison of the two large airports I visited on my trip.
Using math to figure out which of my layovers were the most out of the way relative to the net distance traveled.
A summary of Paul Bogard’s 2018 hotels, flights, and driving.
After a trip to Nashville, I realized that the city’s central freeways mostly intersect at Y-intersections. That meant that I could draw Nashville’s freeways on a hexagonal grid.
Visualizing which US state abbreviations are one letter different from each other.
Some tips and tricks for your first car rental.
A visual representation of major cross-country interstate highways on a grid, inspired by Cameron Booth’s “Interstate Highways as a Subway Map.”
Paul’s 2017 travel statistics.
I used to manually keep track of which airports were within the contiguous United States in Flight Historian’s airport data, but I realized that I could determine airports’ regions by looking at their ICAO codes instead.
PAX West spreads out beyond the Washington State Convention Center into many downtown Seattle event spaces. I created a map of convention venues and affiliated hotels.
On my Flight Historian application, a number of my pages make use of the Ruby flash and flash.now session messages for alerts. However, some of those pages needed to have multiple messages of the same type, which flash didn’t allow me to do. To fix this, I wrote my own messages structure.
Boarding pass barcodes contain data that’s useful for automatically filling in flight data, but their dates are particularly difficult to parse.
Overall, my travel increased slightly this year. Unlike in 2015, my travel was relatively evenly spread throughout the year.
In the summer of 2016, I visited every one of Ohio’s 88 counties.
With two recent work trips and a five-city European vacation, combined with the changes to summer time in the US and Europe, I’ve gone through quite a few time zone changes in the past six weeks.
Why did I build my own flight log instead of using an existing one? One big contributor was that existing flight logs all seemed to double-count layovers.
2015 was a relatively strong year for me for business travel, with the first and last thirds of the year being particularly busy. Due to that, my total flights and hotel nights just edged above 2014’s numbers, for another record year.
Somehow, I managed to get an already used record locator for a trip I booked, which led to some issues on the airline’s website.
The three busiest airports in the United States—Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago-O’Hare—are all enormous, but I was wondering how big they are compared to each other.
Every aircraft has a unique registration number, usually printed on or near the tail, which you can use to track which specific airplanes you’ve been on.
Each country has its own assigned format for tail numbers, so it’s possible to look at each tail number and determine what country it’s from. I wanted to create a regular expression to recognize US tail numbers.
I decided to try to create a 6-way turbine highway interchange in Cities: Skylines.
2014 has been a record travel year.
Due to a mechanical issue, my flight had to return to Dallas.
It’s not uncommon to have delays going through Chicago, but this Monday’s trip to Tulsa was a bit involved.
For a while, over half of my total flights had been on American Airlines.
Comair’s strike meant I got to avoid the uselessly short flight between Cincinnati and Dayton.
Due to the system delays caused by Winter Storm Pax, my flights home on 14 February went through rather a lot of transitions.
States I’ve driven in with my car versus states I’ve only driven in with other cars.
The end of 2013 is here, which seems like a perfect time to summarize my flight activity over the last year.
I was able to use BTS data to help me fill in a good portion of my missing tail numbers.