- Famous expedition routes can be completed in as little as 36 hours today
- Transportation including planes, boats and cars have shortened trip times
- Infographic compiles figures from some of the world’s iconic expeditions
From Macro Polo exploring the Silk Road to Christopher Columbus’s voyage to the West Indies.
These are just two of the journeys that took famous explorers hundreds of days to complete when they were first tackled.
Today, the lengthy routes across Europe, Asia, America and Australia, can be conquered in as little as one and a half days thanks to transportation including planes, boats and even cars.
An infographic, which was released by Essex-based shipping company, Barrington Freight, has compiled figures from some of the world’s most iconic expeditions such as Marco Polo’s 9,000 day trip exploring the Silk Road that can now be tackled in 269 days by foot – or 36 hours by plane.
Adventures including Charles Darwin’s 1,782 day circumvention of the globe can now for example be completed in either 281 days by boat or almost four days by aeroplane, and Ferdinand Magellan’s 1519 circumnavigation of the earth – which initially took 1,126 – can now be conquered in 162 days by sea or three days by air.
Vasco de Gama, who was the first to sail from Europe to India, did so in 155 days – more than double the 76 days it would take today, and 51 times longer than the three day period it would now take to drive the route thanks to smoother roads and better cars.
Ferdinand Magellan’s 1519 circumnavigation of the earth – which initially took 1,126 – can now be conquered in 162 days by sea or three days by air