In a series of visually amazing maps, Eric Fisher highlights the difference between the tourist and the local in some of the world’s most iconic cities, using data from thousands of pictures and posts on social media.

The battle between the tourist and the local has always been a long and intriguing one. From the irritated scowls to the mumbled grumbles, tourists have always been a source of frustration in some of the world’s biggest cities for those that live there.

Understandably though, when visiting a new place you want to see the hotspots you’ve forever been observing through postcards, from the Empire State Building to the Eiffel Tower, everyone wants to see the famous landmarks with their own eyes.

London
London

But these maps beg the question, are tourists ever really seeing the true place itself, or simply the cities’ landmarks?

Above we see a sea of colour running through London, the red indicating pictures taken by tourists, and the blue representing pictures taken by locals.

A super concentrated patch of red right in the heart of London, with blue dispersing out through the outer city like veins.

It highlights the fact that whilst tourists may see the landmarks, vast swathes of the city remain unexplored.

New York
New York

The true heartbeat of any city is the local culture, but maybe through all our efforts to explore new places and scenes, time and time again the tourists are missing out of the gems.

Paris
Paris

The stark difference between living and visiting a place is clear; the two mass of colours remain completely separated, as if they were two warrings factions.

They are such an intriguing visual representation of human behaviour, where each map displays a trend of locals dispersing further and further from the city centres, as new scenes and hubs form.

Whether it be to escape the increasing hustle and bustle, or whether it is the ever increasing prices that is driving locals further out, each map is remarkably similar.

Only one conclusion remains…

No matter where you are in the world, everyone hates tourists!

Eric Fisher used data from MapBox and Twitter to create the maps, and published the entire gallery, which contains the visual graphs for over 100 of the most visited cities in the world.

You can access the full gallery of Fisher’s maps right here.

Eric Fischer is a programmer and visualization artist whose interest in cartography began with collecting and scanning historical transportation planning maps.

He then began making his own, which have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and published in Wired,Popular Science, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe,New York Magazine, and many sites online.