Google is emailing its annual Map Timeline update right now, and it’s a sad reminder of all the places you could not visit thanks to COVID. To be clear, it actually shows you all the places you visited this year, but you will notice that your timeline probably looks quite sharp compared to last year.
You can see in the email how many cities and places you have visited, and even what types of places they were. My most visited places were marked with shopping and food and drink, but that’s no surprise to anyone, right? Another section shows how long and how far you have gone and driven a vehicle for each month of the year. Most people will notice that January and February, and maybe some of March, are sky high, while the rest of the year just think about the graph thanks to bookings at home and work home culture.
Highlights from your most visited cities and places also visit email, but it’s nothing special. The nice thing is that Google Maps has calculated the percentage of the world you have traveled. Apparently I’ve only seen 9% of planet Earth – as if I wasn’t depressed enough to wait until I was in my 30s to travel, Google got my back on a reminder.
To be fair, the top of the email says that the Map Timeline update is automatically generated and published, and they acknowledge that COVID-19 has prevented everyone from fulfilling their dreams of seeing the world (in more or less words). As long as the rest of the year is not something like the last 9 days, I would say there is hope yet – we’ll see, right?