Map shows how long it took to travel the world in 1914

By Soo Kim, Travel writer

The map, published by the Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society, charts travel times from London to different parts of the world, which ranged from around five to 40 days.

Created by John George Bartholomew, a British royal cartographer who worked for King George V, for the book An Atlas of Economic Geography, the colourful grid is sectioned by isochrones – lines that connect all the points on the map that are accessible within the same amount of time from London, Intelligent Life reports.

Travellers from London could get as far west as the Azores and as far east as the city of Perm in Russia within five days, as well as other areas within the dark pink section at the centre of the map, while travelling a similar distance to most of Africa would take more than 40 days, the same time it would take to get to Australia.

Lake Baikal, SiberiaLake Baikal, Siberia  Photo: Fotolia/AP

Londoners could also get as far as Winnipeg, Canada, or Lake Baikal in Siberia within five to 10 days while it could take as much as 20 days to reach Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, which is located closer to Britain.

The development of railways from around the mid-19th century made travelling on land quicker and visiting India and the US, for example, much easier, with journeys taking between 10-20 days and five to 10 days, respectively.

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Winnipeg, CanadaWinnipeg, Canada  Photo: Fotolia/AP

The introduction of the Trans-Siberian Railway and the Indian railway, which was extended from 838 miles to 15,842 miles between 1860 and 1880, allowed for greater trade and travel between the US and Europe as well as Asia. Journey times to China could be cut from 153 days to around 30 days, according to Asa Whiteny, an American merchant from the 1840s who lived near New York and lobbied for a transcontinental railroad to help make trade dealings in China easier. So railway travel was key especially for business travellers at the time, the magazine reported.

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Service on the Deccan Odyssey which runs between Delhi and MumbaiService on the Deccan Odyssey which runs between Delhi and Mumbai  Photo: Alamy

Isochronic maps have been used for transportation planning from around the 1880s. Some of the earliest include the works of Britain’s Sir Francis Galton in 1881 and of Albrecht Penck, the German geographer who created isochronic maps for smaller areas of land as well as maps for different modes of transportation such as for railway travel.

Sete Cidades in the AzoresSete Cidades in the Azores  Photo: Fotolia/AP