A lot of big, scary numbers are being cited these days. For example:
“…the report estimates $505 billion in losses for the travel industry for a total of $81 billion in lost federal, state and local taxes by the end of 2020. The travel industry is not expected to recover until 2024.” – U.S. Travel Association
“…estimates losses in the most pessimistic scenario, a 12-month break in international tourism, at $3.3 trillion or 4.2% of global GDP.” – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Do these huge figures really mean anything to us? What does one million dollars really look like? How about one billion?
On YouTube, there’s another big figure: 1,927,524 equals the number of views of this video in the two weeks since July 13 after a brief placement on Reddit’s home page gave an assist to its surge.
British vlogger Tom Scott presents a one-dimensional explanation so our brains can grasp the concept.
“A Million Dollars vs A Billion Dollars, Visualized: A Road Trip,” literally travels to convey the distance in purchasing power between $1,000,000 and $1,000,000,000. Skip ahead to the end to find out what $1,000,000,000,000 would look like.