This Girl Does All Her Traveling Via Google Maps

If you need to get away (but can’t actually leave your desk) this is your solution.

1. As of June 2012, Google cars had driven over 5 million miles, covering 39 countries, and about 3,000 cities.

Above: All the countries where street view is currently available.

2. Which means they’ve collected over 20 petabytes (PB) of information. Petabyte as in 1PB = 1000 terabytes. That’s 15 zeros!

3. Essentially, the world is yours for the viewing.

4. “I Wish I Was There” is an Instagram account which uses Google Street View to bring you to places you might not see on your own.

5. The account’s owner, Meghan Williams, uses Google to do all of her traveling, virtually.

“I just go to maps.google.com and then drag the little yellow dude. I only use Google street views, never anyone’s submitted pictures. Then just take a screen shot, email it to my phone, filter, and post. I also try to leave as detailed location as Google Maps provides,” Meghan Williams told BuzzFeed.

6. And the result is a whimsical snapshot from around the world.

206 Rodovia MA-026, Codó, Maranhão, Brazil

7. Yongyuseo-ro, Incheon, South Korea

8. Avenida Leste-Oeste, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil

10. Hundalee Road, Canterbury, New Zealand

11. Random orange house in Manta, Ecuador

12. Somewhere along Victoria Road, South Africa

13. Sūhuā Road, Nanao Township, Taiwan

14. Masarykovo námėstí, Pelhrimov, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic

16. St. Basil’s Cathedral, ploshchad’ Krasnaya, Moscow, Russia

17. Crkvice, Orjen Mountain, Montenegro

18. Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile

19. Kapoho Kalapana Road, Island of Hawai’l, Hawaii

20. Ennie, Scotland, United Kingdom

23. Uhuru, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

24. Carretera a Pastoruri, Ancash Region, Peru

25. Sado Niigata Prefecture, Japan

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