Want to do some traveling this year? Whether you jump on a plane, boats, train, or car, or never leave your office, you’re traveling quite a distance. The average number of miles any given person travels is 584,040,000 per year. That’s right! Even if you’re a home-body and rarely go to town, you’re still in that range, at the very least.
What? How? That’s how far the earth travels around the sun every year. So, everybody on the planet travels that distance.
If only we could rack up these miles on our frequent flyer accounts.
The earth is roughly 93 million miles from the sun (an average of 91.4M at its closest to 94.5 at its furthest). Multiplying diameter 93M TIMES 2, you get a diameter of our orbit at 186,000,000 miles. TIMES Pi (3.14) and you get 584 million miles in our yearly orbit.
Now, factor in the spinning of the earth, the figures can vary by where on the globe you happen to live. At the equator, a stationary person travels about 24,902 miles per day while fishing at the beach, weaving a basket from palm fronds, or typing a novel on a laptop. Multiply that by 365 days per year, and you get 9,089,230 miles in a year of days and nights. Add that to the number for Earth’s orbit and you wind up with 593,129,230. Sure, it’s not a straight line, but rather loop-de-doos like the old style telephone cords.
If you live in Portland, OR, roughly half the distance between the equator and the north pole, you’re being short changed as the circumference of your daily travel is 17637.5 miles. For a nifty chart to see how many miles you travel around the globe in one day, click here. To find where your home is on the latitude chart, Google “latitude” (my home town). For example, I live in Seattle. The result of the search shows I’m at 47.6 degrees north. Then take the number of kilometers off that chart, and type in your browser search bar “convert 27380.159 kilometers to miles”. I get 17,013 miles for my daily jog just sitting on my duff. Not that it’s reflected on my FitBit!
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