If you dug a hole from where you are, chances are you’re not going to end up in China (I know, shocker). Where you do end up, however, is the antipodal point of where you are – essentially the direct opposite side of Earth or the farthest you could ever be from home — at least until Space Travel is accessible to the mass market.
As a frequent traveler, I thought it’d be interesting to figure out if I’ve ever come close to my antipodal point. Unfortunately, the antipodes of my city is in the Indian Ocean so I’ll never actually get there. I was close, however, when I was in South Africa so that somewhat explained the 30 hours of travel time I endured on 3 separate flights to get there.
You can use this nifty site to find out your antipodes: http://joehohk.0fees.net/CheckLatLonMap_Antipodes.html
What is the farthest you have been from your home?
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Mine is several hundred kilometres west of Western Sahara in the Atlantic Ocean. The closest I've been would probably be Lisbon in Portugal. Reply to this
Ohhh i thought i'd been pretty close as i'd worked out New York is possibly the furtherest you could get to Perth Western Australia and we lived in Pennsylvania for over a year. According to your map it is Bermuda which we have also visited for a whole 1 night...so we have made it! Not sure if i felt upside down :)
ps. in australia as we watch too much tv we also think if we dig a deep hole we'll end up in china...or so we're told as kids ;)
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