How Does Northern & Southern Hemisphere Actually Relate To Travelling?
Something that has always been apparent when planning to travel is that it is vital to have a small knowledge of the geography around you. Some words you may have come across when deciding to plan for travelling is ‘northern and southern hemisphere’. To make you understand what this word means in terms of travelling I will sum up what hemisphere actually means!
What Is The Earth’s Hemisphere?
The first step to navigating on your own around Earth is knowing what hemisphere you are currently in. Different hemispheres on earth have different climates, this is because of the season tilt that tilts towards and away from the sun. Stars can appear different across Earth due to this tilt and navigation can be easier depending on season, location and climate.
There are considered four hemispheres on this planet and are named accordingly; Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, Eastern Hemisphere and Western Hemisphere. The equator (the line of 0 degrees latitude) separates both the northern and southern hemisphere.
What Continents Are In The Northern Hemisphere?
The northern hemisphere contains North America, the northern part of South America, Europe, most of Asia and ⅔’s of South America.
What Continents Are In The Southern Hemisphere?
The Southern Hemisphere contains most of South America, one-third of Africa, Australia, Antarctica, and some Asian islands.
Climate Differences for both North and South Hemisphere
Here in the UK we are based within the Northern Hemisphere, which lies north of the equator. Our warmer months begin around June and temperatures start to drop in September. This is opposite to the Southern Hemisphere, where summer begins in December and actually ends in March. This is why in England when we celebrate Christmas it is cold and miserable outside, however locations similar to New Zealand are surrounded by beautiful blue skies.
When Now Should You Decide To Go Travelling?
With the knowledge of climate and what is a hemisphere you might actually like to plan the date of your travel. It is useful to know that tourism in a country actually increases during the hotter months. This means you should ideally plan to travel just before the heat kicks in. So if you are planning on visiting the Northern Hemisphere aim to arrive May/June for some warm weather before the increased arrivals in summer. In the southern hemisphere you should aim to arrive around late October for warm weather which gives you that extra time to settle in before footfall increases!