far other side

How far can you go?

It all started as a

dumb internet joke:

“You stand somewhere, anywhere really, and your friend stands on the exact other side of the planet. 

If you both put a piece of bread on the ground at the same time, you’ve made a perfect Earth sandwich.

...but that got
stuck in my head.

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Turns out there's a name for it:

an·ti·pode

 
/ˈan(t)əˌpōd/

noun: antipode
the direct opposite of something else.
“the pole and its antipode”

The spot where you are right now and the spot on the exact opposite side of the Earth from where you are right now are ANTIPODES of each other.

Every place on this planet has its own unique antipode.

antipodes map
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Antipodes became
a weird obsession.

I just couldn't get them
out of my head!

  • What’s on the other side of the planet from the summit of Mount Everest? 

 

  • What about the Eiffel Tower, or the Golden Gate Bridge?

...or how about the antipode of the place that I was born?

And that one clicked,

so I've decided
to go there.

I think this is awesome for

three reasons:

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

REASON #1:

It's the farthest distance you can travel without leaving the planet.

IN FACT, most of the people that go to space only go as far as low Earth orbit (LEO). The International Space Station is only 408km (254 miles) away from the surface of the Earth – that’s less than the distance from San Francisco to Los Angeles!

REASON #2:

Nobody has done it before!

As far as I can tell, nobody is on record as having traveled to the exact other side of the planet from where they were born.

…but even if it turns out that someone else has done it before, I’m still doing it. Call it a life’s work, or a bucket list item, or an adventure – even if I’m not the first, it’s still worth doing.

REASON #3:

YOU have an antipode!

We all do! For every geographic location of every happening of your life, including this moment right NOW, there is something (probably water) on the far other side of the planet.

I bet you want to know where your birth antipode is – SCROLL DOWN!

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Find Your Antipode!​

This tool will help. Choose any location on this map – the place you were born, your favorite sandwich shop, or simply where you are at this moment – and then scroll down. The second map below it will update to show the antipode of that location.

This next map reveals your antipode! hint: it's most likely way out in the ocean somewhere - use the zoom buttons to zoom way out if all you see is blue.

 

I’m going to the FarOtherSide!

For the next 24-36 months, my mission is to accomplish the furthest voyage a human being can make in their lifetime without leaving the planet: I’m sailing to my birth antipode.

Click this button to read more about the adventure: