Google is sending its annual Map Timeline update via email right now, and it’s a sad reminder of all the places you can’t visit thanks to COVID. To be clear, it actually shows you all the places you’ve visited this year, but you’ll notice that compared to last year, your timeline probably seems pretty sparse.
You can see in the email how many cities and places you have visited and even what types of locations they have been. My most visited places were marked with shopping and food and drinks, but that’s no surprise to anyone, is it? Another section collects how long and how long you have driven and driven a vehicle for each month of the year. Most people will notice that January and February, and perhaps some of March, are high in the sky, while the rest of the year just loads up on schedule, thanks to a stay at homework and work from home culture.
Highlights from your most popular cities and locations also visit the body of the email, but that’s nothing special. What’s really nice is that Google Maps has calculated the percentage of the world you’ve traveled. Apparently I’ve only seen 9% of the planet Earth – as if I wasn’t depressed enough to wait until I was 30 to travel, Google came back with a reminder.
To be honest, the top of the email states that the Maps history update is generated and published automatically, and they acknowledge that COVID-19 has prevented everyone from fulfilling their dreams of seeing the world (with more or less words). While the rest of this year doesn’t look like the past 9 days, I’d say there’s still hope – we’ll see, right?