There are a variety of visual traceroute utilities to show your paths across the internet on a map of the world. Just like in the movies.
Oh, and Mapping How The Data Flows discusses what traceroute really means. All those bits, bouncing around, being routed, diverted, caught, thrown, lost. All individually, but all in unison. So complex, and so beautiful. And so, soo like Chu Chu Rocket, which has just taken over my brain.