Just how far the migrant caravan traveled in more relatable terms

The migrant caravan that’s been all over the news for the past month has drawn much talk about policy, refugees, and struggle — but the distance traveled might not be in perspective. This helps.

Data shows that most of the caravan began in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and ended in San Diego. Conveniently, there are airports roughly in both places, and the Great Circle Mapper can show the shortest distance between two airports as the crow flies (the shortest path between two places, ignoring highways and roads).

San Diego to Pittsburgh is 2106 miles; San Diego to San Pedro Sula is 2186 miles (source)

As the crow flies, the caravan traversed roughly the same distance as traveling San Diego to Pittsburgh.

One source (ahem, Wikipedia) suggests they actually traveled closer to 3,100 miles (on roads and highways) — or just a few hundred miles less than San Diego to Gandor Airport, in Newfoundland, Canada as the crow flies.

Put into perspective below, that’s a lot of travel by car or other means of transportation. This caravan took a little over a month (12 October 2018 through 15 November 2018), or roughly 206 miles per day.

Traveling from San Diego to Gandor, Newfoundland is 3,362 miles as the crow flies. The caravan traveled (by road) roughly 3,100 miles.

Regardless of the political and humanitarian components involved in this situation, these people traveled a long distance — and this map helps put that into perspective.