While this site mostly deals with the economics of world travel, we’ve also included typical weather and climate information for each destination for each month of the year. Hopefully this is useful to those who are planning a trip so they can compare what to expect weather-wise between each destination with just one click.
So building on the weather part, I always thought it would be interesting to see exactly where all the major tourist destinations of the world line up with regard to latitude (distance from the equator). The data below might contain some surprising facts, as it seems like most of us picture the globe in ways that may not match reality.
For example, as an American, the map in my mind says that France is east of England, while in reality it’s due south. And at the moment I’m in Istanbul, which seems surprisingly cold in April, but it’s less surprising after I remind myself that Istanbul has the same latitude as Chicago, as well as Barcelona and Rome, and is farther north than New York City.
For good measure, I’ve added the rank of each destination on our World Backpackers Index for 2011, which lists all these cities in order of costs for a typical set of expenses for the budget traveler.
And since it seems more interesting to compare cities by absolute distance from the equator rather than purely from north to south, I’ve added the Southern Hemisphere cities in with their northern counterparts, so, for example, Melbourne, Australia is listed (in italics) with San Francisco, as they are the same distance from the equator.
107 popular destinations by latitude
(Number in parentheses is Backpacker Index rank, with 1 being cheapest and 107 being most expensive.)
Southern Hemisphere cities are in on the same list, in italics.
Reykjavik, Iceland (79)
Helsinki, Finland (100)
Bucharest, Romania (30)
Beijing, China (26)
Tokyo, Japan (104)
Tel Aviv, Israel (62)
Cairo, Egypt (14)
New Orleans, USA (61)
Delhi, India (21)
Kathmandu, Nepal (17)
La Paz, Bolivia (15)
Lima, Peru (25)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia (10)
San José, Costa Rica (37)
Singapore, Singapore (46)
Quito, Ecuador (13)