Google Earth isn’t news. After all, it’s been around since 2004, first as Earth Viewer, then as Google Earth since 2006. But it’s a great way to get a sense of the world beyond the horizon, a bird’s-eye preview of places on your itinerary before you leave home or to take another look after you return.
Some people who make travel their business use it to find new opportunities and plan new itineraries for their clients. Graeme Wood writes about these trailblazers in “It’s a Small World After All” in Culture + Travel magazine. Looking for a new surfing site no one has ever seen? Want to find the best camping areas in the bush to spot wildlife? Or just want to plan your own offbeat itinerary through desolate terrain? Google Earth is a good place to start.
But where do most people go the first time they explore the world through Google Earth? Home. We look for our own homes first to find our place the world.