When in Rome…

Big Data + Instagram + Photography = What more could you ask for? For several years, Eric Fischer has compared data of geotagged photos taken by tourists vs. locals and put the results into beautiful maps.

For many cities, the results are quite impressive. In Paris, you can clearly see that tourists (red) mostly stay around the major sights like the Eiffel Tower, the Camps Elysées and Saint Germain, whereas locals (blue) tend to mainly hang out in the northern and eastern neighbourhoods.

Those maps are particularly fun to look at when you have already been to a certain city. But I do think they’re also a good way to discover cool neighbourhoods while travelling. Because after all, walking on the beaten tourist tracks when visiting a city is not even half as fun as hanging out like (and with) the locals!

Check out the whole project on Eric Fischer’s Flickr.

Eric Fischer Paris
Paris and its suburbs, including Stade de France (north), La Defense (west) and Versailles (south-west)

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Travelhacks according to Kayak

Kayak is my go-to source whenever looking for flights, as I think it’s less annoying to use than many other metasearch engines. The company recently published an interesting (and interactive) infographic, analysing more than a billion search requests in order to find out when, where and how to travel smarter.

Kayak Travel Hacker

According to the website, Milan has been the most up and coming travel destination, followed by Rio de Janeiro and Portland. The best deals can be made when travelling to Milan, Hyderabad and New Delhi. The website also publishes stats on when to travel and on how long in advance to book your flights. Unsurprisingly, mid-week flights are often cheaper than weekend trips and prices tend to skyrocket around Christmas.

Travelhacking is definitely a topic I want to get into more, as I am currently really bad at making good deals when travelling, so I will make sure to take a close look on Kayak’s hacks.