World travel is on hold due to the coronavirus. This is not the year you launch your second career as an international house sitter.

So at a time when we can’t do any jet-setting, let’s take a virtual spin around the globe. This week’s map replaces the names of countries with their literal English translations. It comes courtesy of Credit Card Compare, a site that helps people choose the proper credit card.

“Learning the etymology of countries around the world offers us fascinating insight into the origins of some of our favorite travel destinations and the people who first lived there,” according to David Boyd of Credit Card Compare.

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To go deeper, check out this link, which includes the explanation and sources for each translation. Here’s a closer look at each region.





North America

South America

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