Playing around with county parcel data to create maps of questionable usefulness.
Using a gravity metaphor, I calculated the U.S. cities with the most attraction from my hometown based on population and distance.
A map showing the progression of ZIP Codes throughout the contiguous United States.
Maps showing how often I’ve driven in various places.
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.
A visual representation of major cross-country interstate highways on a grid, inspired by Cameron Booth’s “Interstate Highways as a Subway Map.”
A collection of software and reference material that I’ve found useful for GPS logging and cartography.
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.
In the summer of 2016, I visited every one of Ohio’s 88 counties.
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.
Map of U.S. airports with or without a gate 13.
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.
A heatmap of where Paul spent time on a September 2021 trip to Seattle.
Since 2010, I’ve kept maps of everywhere I drive.
Enclosed Mall Map
Flight Density Map
About the Flight Density Map
I travel reasonably often, and I consider myself a bit of a transportation nerd. It’s only logical that I would keep track of where I’ve flown.
One Hundred Airports
Since Altus doesn’t have its own airport, I have to drive a ways no matter where I fly. I decided to try flying into Amarillo for one of my trips.
Lubbock’s curved terminal and prominent concrete gave it a vibe of a miniature version of DFW’s Terminal C.
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.
31 Dec 2013 · The end of 2013 is here, which seems like a perfect time to summarize my flight activity over the last year.
31 Dec 2014 · 2014 has been a record travel year.
31 Dec 2015 · 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.
31 Dec 2016 · Overall, my travel increased slightly this year. Unlike in 2015, my travel was relatively evenly spread throughout the year.
31 Dec 2017 · My 2017 travel statistics.
31 Dec 2018 · A summary of my 2018 hotels, flights, and driving.
31 Dec 2019 · My travel statistics for 2019.
31 Dec 2020 · My travel statistics for 2020. For obvious reasons, travel has been substantially lower than in recent years.
31 Dec 2021 · My travel statistics for 2021.
31 Dec 2022 · This year I spent 97 nights traveling, visited my 100th airport, flew 74 times (including my 1000th flight), and had some issues with rental cars.
31 Dec 2023 · I spent 87 nights traveling this year, picked up ten new airports, visited Iceland and Japan, and drove a go-kart through the streets of Naha.
1 Jan 2020 · My maps, charts, and other travel statistics for the entire decade of the 2010s.
1 Jan 2021 · On average, I’m furthest from home in mid-February each year.
7 Feb 2019 · Using math to figure out which of my layovers were the most out of the way relative to the net distance traveled.
31 Jan 2023 · Travel stats and photos for my January 2023 vacation, including the TWA hotel, Reykjavík, Akureyri, and mall cats.