World's Most And Least Touristed Places, According To BlueMoon And Google Maps

On the heels of an adapted Google Map that allows users to see how quickly they can navigate a city using public transportation comes an adapted heat-map that charts the world's most and least touristed places.

Bluemoon, an Estonian tech firm, has figured out a way to use the photo-sharing service Panoramio to find out where people are traveling to or, at least, where they are tagging their photos.

Yellow indicates high "touristiness" (as they call it), red equals medium touristiness, and blue shows low touristiness. Areas that have no photos on Panoramio are grey.

The map shows, predictably, that the eastern seaboard of the U.S. and much of Europe is heavily-touristed. Great swathes of Canada and Africa are grey.

touristy places

Similarly, Bluemoon looked at what they call "the most interesting remote places" to see where people don't seem to be going. It's essentially a negative of the previous map. The touristy areas are in red (for instance, the Greek islands); extremely non-touristy places where you are unlikely to meet fellow tourists -- the example they give is the Amazon basin -- are in green; yellow is shaded as such to show the in-between areas and grey shows places that have no Panoramio photos or are highly-populated.

Better head to Chad soon, before it loses its local charm.

most remote places

Do you think these maps accurately reflect world tourism (albeit a microcosm of it)? Leave it in comments.