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Round the World – California

With the year coming to a close, you might be thinking New Year, new you. Or perhaps, more likely, new year, new adventures to embark on! Whether you’re wanting to tick off your ever-increasing bucket list, visit friends and family, or are just plain nosy and want to know where we would go on the ultimate ‘Big Trip’.

We thought travel inspo couldn’t get much better than this, but we’ve been experimenting with a UK tech start up what3words.com, who are dividing the WHOLE word into 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares, and assigning each square a unique 3 word address.

Flinders Street Station? We think you mean decide.chair.tribe.

bikes.audio.half? We’ll see you outside the London Eye.

A picture tells 47,727 miles of stories. A film highlights it in 120 seconds. We sum in up in three words…

Next stop, piano.learn.cave. It’s time to let the video do the talking…

1. San Francisco

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
San Francisco is 49 square miles of craziness, this city is not to be missed on a Californian road trip. If there are three things you have to do, make sure they are these; cross the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most photographed structures on Earth, visit Alcatraz the famous prison on an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay and head to Fisherman’s Wharf for seafood stalls, sea lions basking in the sun and quaint little fisherman boats. You gotta love San Fran!

2. Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE
One of the most spectacular national parks in the world let alone the USA. Most famous for it’s waterfalls but there’s more to this park than meets the eye, you’ll find deep valleys, giant sequoia trees and even black bears! Here are three things you should do in Yosemite; catch the sunrise at Glacier point, bike ride through Yosemite Valley floor and definitely do the Mist Trail up to the Nevada Falls!

3. Los Angeles

LA
Another must see on any Californian road trip, whether you start or end here, you won’t forget the city of angels. Los Angeles is the second largest city in the USA after New York, it’s renowned for its celebrity residents and home to some of the biggest movie production companies in the world. If you are going to do anything whilst there, make it these three things; walk among the stars on the Hollywood walk of fame (for old times sake), spot some real stars at the Griffith Observatory and head down to Santa Monica Pier for your own Baywatch slow mo run.

OK so who exactly are what3words.com?

Who?
Basically these guys are on a mission to make the world a more efficient, less frustrating and safer place. How exactly are they doing that? They are addressing the world with a unique combination of just 3 words. So forget postcodes and co-ordinates, the whole world is mapped by 3mx3m square and each square (all 57 trillion of them) has been pre-allocated a fixed & unique 3 word address. Hence ‘piano.learn.cave’ at the start of the video. Starting to make sense now?

what 3 words

instagram.com/what3words

Why though?
Because around 75{1e29904c885515873022ed5b62c6c7d923686363a219a3c356dc5ccea4ad6161} of the world is addressed inconsistently, parcels, letters aren’t being delivered, tourist attractions or places aren’t being found and people are getting lost. Three words give the world the ability to talk about precise locations as simply as possible.

Simple. As. That.

For more info check out their website here.

So there you have it travelling around the world really is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Check out our next installment from Ollie Ali as he heads to Rio.