Real World Itinerary (Version 2) (Under Construction)

© 2020 Jerry D. Patillo

If you’re a real worlder — someone who believes the earth is an oblate spheroid (click on the links for definitions), rather than being round and flat like a pizza — maybe your itinerary of the real-world southern hemisphere would look something like this:

  • Sydney, Australia (SYD)
  • Santiago, Chile (SCL)
  • Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB)
AROUND THE REAL WORLD AZEQ 90S 45W
AROUND THE REAL WORLD (AZEQ 90S 45W)

Wow! We flipped over this round, flat pizza called Earth, and what did we get? A big messy pile of pepperoni and veggies on the floor?! No! We got a real map of the southern hemisphere of the real world! (To be precise, it’s an azimuthal equidistant projection of the real world, centered over the south pole [90° south 45° west].)

You could actually do nonstop flights between the above origins and destinations, but they would be really long hauls:

  • SYD-SCL 14h 37m, 7060 miles
  • SCL-JNB 11h 58m, 5733 miles
  • JNB-SYD 14h 13m, 6862 miles
  • Total: 40h 48m; 19,665 miles (actual flying time, NOT including stopover times!)

[flightmath.com, accessed December 2020]

We could shorten up the flights a little by splitting them up a little. How about the following itinerary, as an example?

  • SYD-SCL
    • SYD-AKL 3h 11m, 1345 miles
    • AKL-IPC 9h 16m, 4382 miles
    • IPC-SCL 5h 10m, 2336 miles
    • Subtotal: 17h 37m, 7963 miles
  •  SCL-JNB
    • SCL-EZE 1h 55m, 709 miles
    • EZE-CPT 9h 5m, 4288 miles
    • CPT-JNB 2h 5m, 789 miles
    • Subtotal: 13h 5m, 5786 miles
  •  JNB-SYD
    • JNB-TNR 3h 9m, 1328 miles
    • TNR-PER 9h 7m, 4311 miles
    • PER-SYD 4h 35m, 2040 miles
    • Subtotal: 16h 51m, 7679 miles
  • Total: 47h 33m, 21,428 miles (actual flying time, NOT including stopover times!)
Real World Itineraries Compared (AZEQ 90s 45w)
Real World Itineraries Compared (AZEQ 90s 45w)

I’ve traveled around the world many times. I personally would prefer fewer, longer flights to more, shorter flights!

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