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.