For the past 4 years, around December I would start preparing data for my annual Travel dashboard. This year was a little bit trickier. I left my job as a consultant where I was traveling a lot, and we had a pandemic forcing us to stay home. While in the past I would get on a plane multiple times per month, in 2020 I honestly left my house at most twice a month.
For 2020, we originally had some grand travel plans – Mexico City for Formula 1, a trip to Machu Picchu in Peru, and 8 out of town weddings we had been invited to! Obviously, plans ended up changing. This year I did not leave the country, and in an attempt to stay safer, Ravi and I took more road trips around our local California.
Well, my lack of travel did not make a very interesting travel map. For my annual data visualization, instead I wanted to focus on how my travel habits this year changed compared to the past! I summarized data from my past visualizations, and was able to create the dashboard below.
I had a shower-thought to create a skyline of my travels, and I am excited with the final result! For the overall design, I was inspired by skyline posters I saw from ARCHd, when Googling “retro skyline poster”. The color palette was inspired by the results that came up when I searched “night retro city palette”.
The data source was created manually by summarizing data points on my past dashboards. For this year, I scrolled through my calendar and photos to remember the different trips we took. Our trips for 2021 are not looking optimistic, but we will see how it goes.