If you’ve tried to travel recently – i.e. escape the misery of disasters near and far – you know how complicated it is. More restrictions, more tests, more paperwork, more lines, more stress.
There, is, however, an imaginary faraway place that also happens to be one of the most visited destinations on earth.
Tinkerbell can’t guide you, though. Most of us arrive there through bad data: Just ask the thousands of Wisconsin voters, an avalanche of COVID cases and the millions of fat-fingered sat nav users who visit daily.
Smack at the coordinates zero degrees latitude and zero degrees longitude (0°N 0°E), Null Island was created by accident.
There’s a big difference between no information (null) and zero, as it turns out. Tell that to your phone, which, if it can’t figure out your coordinates, might interpret that as 0°,0° — so the artful snap of Tuesday’s dinner will be forever a reminder of your visit to Null Island.
We made a map and postcards from Null Island in homage to bad databases everywhere, and the fantasy of traveling unencumbered.
Which may just mean staying at home.